Spark it up! Gaga smoking out of her piece while dining in bondage outfit

Lady Gaga has been open about her cannabis use, claiming she smokes the illegal herb when she's songwriting.

So there's a chance the singer could have been smoking the drug as she left dinner in Los Angeles last night.

And for dessert: Like many smokers, Gaga was eager to light up after a meal

The New Yorker Italian lit up a gold pipe in the back of her car as she headed home from a meal at Mr Chow's in Beverly Hills last night.

Having jetted in from Australia the previous day, perhaps the 26-year-old was smoking to alleviate her jetlag.
The Born This Way star was wearing an eye-catching get-up consisting of a strapped, cutaway dress (of sorts), exposing her underwear.
She completed the look with towering platforms and a bejewelled black jacket.

Puffing away: Despite being in a car, the singer covered the pipe with her hands as she lit it

What is she smoking? Lady Gaga lights a gold pipe as she leaves dinner in Los Angeles last night

Gaga was wearing her favourite super-high platform heel lace-up patent black boots earlier in the day too during a Starbuck outing in LA.

In an interview on U.S. TV show 60 Minutes last year, she said: 'I smoke a lot of pot when I write music. I'm not gonna sugarcoat it for 60 Minutes

'What artists do wrong is they lie, and I don't lie. I'm not a liar.'

Gaga has recently announced the launch of her own social network.

Just your average evening attire: Lady Gaga headed out for dinner in Los Angeles tonight in a risque bondage-inspired design

'Little Monsters' went live yesterday with the welcome message: 'Welcome Home, Little Monsters!' It describes itself as a place to 'share your passion and creativity in a community full of art, acceptance, monsters and Gaga'.

A 'monster code' encourages tolerance on the site, which resembles a cross between Facebook and Pinterest.

Ever busy, Gaga only yesterday arrived back in LA from the Australian leg of her Born This Way tour.

Having been cocooned on an airplane for nearly 12 hours, Lady Gaga emerged from the long haul flight from Sydney and onto the concourse at LAX flipping the bird with both hands.
The Telephone singer stuck her two middle fingers into the air as she brazenly made her way through the congregation of fans and photographers at the Los Angeles airport.

Naughty: The singer left little to the imagination in her daring outfit, which was formed of a strappy dress or sorts teamed with a sheer bra

The main course: She completed her look with her favourite towering platforms
Once in her car, she continued to court attention, but seemed in slightly better spirits as she gave the thumbs up and pretended to claw her hand into the shape of a car paw.

In keeping with the in-your-face theme, Gaga also appeared to have changed from when she originally left Australian soil in a slick black leather basque dress with a flattering gold belt.

Instead, the Bad Romance star aimed to shock in sheer tights so that her knickers were visible, as well as conveniently forgetting to wear a top over her bra as she showed off her midriff.
At least she's not hiding from her new sound, confessing at a Perth show this weekend that her next venture is distinctly less mature than the last.

Her current uniform: Lady Gaga earlier stepped out in wearing her usual combination of sheer tights and a bra

Gaga, real name Stefani Germanotta, told fans: 'I feel that when I wrote Born This Way, I demonstrated a sense of maturity.'

She added: 'And I feel that, on the next album, there's a lack of maturity, it's a tremendous lack of maturity or sense of responsibility.'

Yesterday, Gaga proudly tweeted: 'After tonight's show, I'll have performed for 200,000 Australians in 1 month. ‪#BornThisWayBall.'

The Brit-winner also gushed over her excitement for fellow chart-topper Gwen Stefani, saying: 'Is anyone else freaking out about No Doubt putting out a new album. I can't wait!'