Lady Gaga, who is considered to be a real pop phenomenon and who has captured the world’s attention with her unique, weird and even shocking style and her catchy music, covers the latest issue of “Rolling Stone”. Though people find it quite hard to understand and accept her outrageous style and manners, no one will deny that she is one of the most fascinating and interesting artists ever seen. In the interview the 25-year-old singer talks about her high school years, her strange wardrobe and about being herself, about her bizarre videos and behavior, her fans and being criticized for her attention-grabbing and shocking style.
In the “Rolling Stone” Lady Gaga directly addresses her critics and says: “I have attention. Is it that you believe that I am attention-seeking or shock for shock’s sake, or is it just that it’s been a long time since someone has embraced the art form the way that I have? Perhaps it’s been a couple of decades since there’s been an artist that’s been as vocal about culture, religion, human rights, politics.”
Then she adds that, “I’m so passionate about what I do, every bass line, every EQ. Why is it that you don’t want more from the artist, why is it that you expect so little, so when I give and give, you assume it’s narcissistic?”
Lady Gaga just loves to be onstage and the proof of this is her amazing and unique shows. “When I am not onstage I feel dead. Whether that is healthy or not to you, or healthy or not to anyone, or a doctor, is really of no concern to me. I don’t feel alive unless I’m performing, and that’s just the way I was born,” she told the “Rolling Stone”.
Lady Gaga loves and appreciates her fans. She has even the words “Little Monsters” tattooed on her arm, which is the nickname for her fans. She states that her fans are just part of her person: “We have this umbilical cord that I don’t want to cut, ever. I don’t feel that they suck me dry. It would be so mean, wouldn’t it, to say, ‘For the next month, I’m going to cut myself off from my fans so I can be a person.’ What does that mean? They are part of my person, they are so much of my person. They’re at least 50 percent, if not more.”
Talking about her high school years, she confessed: “Being teased for being ugly, having a big nose, being annoying. ‘Your laugh is funny, you’re weird, why do you always sing, why are you so into theater, why do you do your make-up like that?’ . . . I used to be called a slut, be called this, be called that, I didn’t even want to go to school sometimes.”
Before the Lady Gaga revolution began, she was extremely criticized for relying on her outrageousness and bizarre outfits. “Being myself in public was very difficult. I was being poked and probed and people would actually touch me and touch my clothes and be like, ‘What the f*** is that,’ just so awful. It was like I was being bullied by music lovers, because they couldn’t possibly believe that I was genuine,” Gaga told the magazine.
On May 23, 2011 Lady Gaga’s third album was released, which carries the name “Born this Way”. As a source of inspiration for this served a quite unlikely source – Rocky IV. “My favorite part is when Apollo’s ex-trainer says to Rocky, ‘He is not a machine. He’s a man. Cut him, and once he feels his own blood, he will fear you.’ I know it sounds crazy, but I was thinking about the machine of the music industry. I started to think about how I have to make the music industry bleed to remind it that it’s human, it’s not a machine,” she says.
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