6 Things We Learned From Lady Gaga’s Lengthy Interview With ‘The Guardian’
Lady Gaga is coming clean.
The Mother Monster recently sat down with British paper The Guardian and opened up about everything from healing after her hip surgery to feeling persecuted for her music. (Um really, Gaga?)
All in all, it was quite the lengthy interview — so we’re just going to break it down for you in the most simple terms.
Here are six very Gaga things we learned from the singer, according to the singer:
1. She didn’t go outside at all after her hip surgery.
“I hid in my house. I hid a lot … to preserve my image as a superstar to my fans. I don’t mean I am a superstar, I mean that they only ever see me at my best. And it really drove me crazy. So I’ve really had to make more of an effort to go out more. I mean, can you imagine what it’s like not to feel real wind? Honestly, I hadn’t felt real wind for years! I would be indoors all day and then I’d get in a car in a garage and then drive to another garage and get out and rehearse and then do it again, from country to country, and never walk outside. I remember some of the longest walks I had were from the car to the aeroplane on the tarmac.”
2. She wanted to continue her Born This Way Ball despite injuring her hip.
“I was wheelchair-bound two weeks before that even happened. That I did hide from them because I didn’t want to stop the show. I know everyone was thinking I was trying to be a bit silly with my gold wheelchair but I was really trying to keep a bit of strength for my fans because it really upset them and scared them.”
3. She feels like people are out to get her.
“I certainly feel that at this time it’s almost as if people are surprised they haven’t already destroyed me. It gives them a sense of pleasure when they believe that they’ve destroyed me or taken me down. It’s almost entertainment for people to poke fun at Lady Gaga, but at the very same time they have no idea the album I’ve made. They have no idea what I put into this, they have no idea the work that I’ve put behind my performances and what I do. In fact, people have no idea what it really took for me to get here. So it doesn’t bother me, it’s just an interesting observation of where we are as a society.”
4. She doesn’t care that Miley Cyrus stole her thunder at the VMAs.
“For me, my performance was not about taking clothes off, if that makes sense. I wanted it to be strong and beautiful and powerful and full of confidence. It doesn’t bother me, though, that there was a lot of attention paid to any other performances, it’s not a competition. I do what I do and they do what they do. Isn’t it nice that it all happened and that it’s all been recorded and we can watch it all – it’s not like the good things stay and everything else gets erased.”
5. “Applause” isn’t about her fame. It’s about the fans.
“It’s so interesting for people to say that the lyrics are all about me the performer. I want you to feel that way about yourself, that’s why I wrote the song. I want you to wake up in the morning and say: ‘I live for your applause, look at me today, I’m having a great day, I’m going to work and I’m going to have a fantastic lunch with my friends.’ But it’s not to be taken quite as seriously and as literally as people make it to be, which is why in the verses I’m sort of making fun of what people think about fame.” (Get the lyrics to the song at Directlyrics.)
6. ARTPOP is really about Gaga stripped down.
“For ARTPOP, I, in the most metaphorical explanation, stood in front of a mirror and I took off the wig and I took off the makeup and I unzipped the outfit and I put a black cap on my head and I covered my body in a black catsuit and I looked in the mirror and I said: ‘OK, now you need to show them you can be brilliant without that.’ And that’s what ARTPOP is all about. Because I knew that if I wanted to grow, if I really wanted to innovate from the inside, I had to do something that was almost impossible for me.”