Lady Gaga: ‘You can be in a mansion, but you can still be six feet under in one’

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Lady Gaga covers the latest issue of Paper Magazine to promote her album, Chromatica (the release of which has been postponed). We’ve already heard & seen the first song, “Stupid Love,” which sounded very electro-pop. It feels like Chromatica is trying to be a throwback to The Fame/Monster and maybe even ARTPOP. She’s definitely stepping away from the stripped-down sound of Joanne, and the orchestral sound of Cheek to Cheek (with Tony Bennett). I’m basically saying that Gaga’s latest incarnation is actually a vague throwback to where she was a dozen personas ago. Only now she’s adding more futurism and… she talks more about her health and psychological issues. Note: there are two Paper covers, one which shows Gaga’s bare ass and one which does not. Of course I went for the non-assy one. You can read the full Paper Magazine piece here. Some highlights:

Her take on futurism: “I don’t like futurism for the sake of it… A robot puts me above people. Do you think a robot me is better than a human me?”

When hackers released “Stupid Love” in January: She jokes that when hackers typically find her material, they’ll leak their favorite, which validated her decision to make the track open the Chromatica era. “There was a minute where me and my manager, Bobby, were talking, ‘Do we change the single?’ We’d just spent months and months developing this video and choreography. And I said, ‘Nope!’ You know why? Because the song, when it’s mixed, mastered and finished with the visuals, and everything I have to say about it — when all those things come together at once, that will be the art piece I’m making. Not a leak.”

The hard work of filming the “Stupid Love” music video: “I want you to imagine people dancing for eight to 10 hours straight. I watched them work so hard — the blood and sweat. Scrapes from dancing in the desert or getting poked in the eye from a stud that knocked them in the face. They’re breathing in sand, they can’t see. The conditions alone were ridiculous…. I told the dancers before we left for the desert, ‘This might be the hardest thing you’ve ever done, and if it’s not, I did it wrong. But you can do it, and when you look back on this time, you’ll remember how strong you are.’”

On her fibromyalgia: “The debate around fibromyalgia, we could have it for hours. Some people believe in it, some people don’t. Essentially it’s neuropathic pain: My brain gets stressed, my body hurts. [I'm] angry at my body, angry at my condition, angry that when I’m stressed my body hurts.” She describes something called “radical acceptance” as a means for getting her through this dark period, “where you have to ‘radically accept’ that you’re not going to feel well every day, maybe a little bit. Some days are way worse, some days aren’t. But you know what I can do? I can go, ‘Well, my hands work; my arms work; my legs work, even though they are sore; my back works; my brain works; my heart works; I’m taking breaths, my lungs work.’ You can just be grateful for what you can do.”

The idiocy of unwavering happiness: “Give me a break, [happiness is] not that simple. I have clinical depression. There’s something going on in my brain where the dopamine and serotonin are not firing the same way, and I can’t get there. If someone says, ‘Come on, just be happy,’ I’m like, ‘You f–king be happy.’”

She worked with a fellow lady pop star on this album: “I sat with her and we talked about our lives. It’s two women having a conversation about how to keep going and how to be grateful for what you do.” Without being prompted, Gaga raises the inevitable criticism that celebrities face when they say “it’s hard to be famous.” She knows that “75% of the world rolls their eyes,” but Gaga counters: “Yeah, you can be in a mansion, but you can still be six feet under in one.”

[From Paper]

She goes on and on about how difficult the shoot was for “Stupid Love” and… I don’t know, I don’t see that in the video? She wanted dancers to kill their bodies for a dumb iPhone video, come on, get some perspective. There’s also a chunk of the interview where she goes on and on about how difficult it was to deal with “the fame” – that was truly her thing before she was even famous, and then back when people were ignoring her and her endless dumb personas, she was still clawing her way back into relevancy and, yes, fame. Don’t get me wrong – I like and respect Gaga. But good lord, she’s a lot. Chromatica is apparently just a dance album full of club bangers. There’s no need for all of *waves one hand towards Paper Magazine* this.

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Photos courtesy of Backgrid, cover courtesy of Paper.

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  1. Nev says:

    Who is she copying now? Hahah

  2. smcollins says:

    I respect her talent but, damn….she seems really exhausting and, yes, A.Lot.

  3. Esmom says:

    I can’t stand her. Never could. Still can’t.

    • naomipaige99 says:

      +1

    • Diana says:

      Me too. Really try-hard. She is just… tiring and not cool.

      • (TheOG) jan90067 says:

        Interesting that it was shot in a desert…considering how thirsty she always is… jus’ sayin’…. 😄

    • SKF says:

      I was involved in music festivals at one point in my career, and I asked the security heads (who have worked with every celebrity out there) who was the biggest nightmare. They didn’t even pause. Lady Gaga. (They also said Robbie Williams before he got married and sober.) They said Gaga had been trying to book security to tour in my country again at the time, and all of the companies knocked her back because her reputation is that bad. They said they would never work with her again, no matter how much money was on offer, life’s too short.

      I think she’s talented but also an a-hole and an exhausting one.

  4. Lolo86lf says:

    I have not listened to stupid love song yet but I really hope this new album has dance club singles like her debut album. Just give the kids dance music so she can continue to be relevant.

  5. Allergy says:

    That cover makes me feel ill.

    • ChillyWilly says:

      Me too, it’s creepy. I like some of GaGa’s songs but she takes her self waaaay too seriously.

  6. Lucy2 says:

    The composition of that magazine cover is so awful, I can’t even look at it.
    I like some of her music, and I do think she is talented, but good Lord, she is a lot.

    • ChillyWilly says:

      I seriously can’t remember the last last time I saw a great magazine cover. Where have all the amazing photographers gone?

  7. emmy says:

    Rich and famous people just don’t understand how to communicate most of the time, it’s ridiculous. Of course fame and money don’t mean there are no dark days or struggles. But money and access cushion the fall. Being able to do a few laps in your sunny pool and then ordering food and a massage when you’re going through some shit is preferable to having to go to a shit job where you’re possibly harassed just to pay the rent on your shitty little apartment. Mental health issues are different. But the general suckiness of life maybe isn’t made less sucky by having money but is IS made worse by having none. So maybe don’t moan about this in interviews that single parents with three jobs read in the waiting room of the pediatrician they can’t afford while their sick child is crying.

    • NotHeidisGirl says:

      Amen!

    • CariBean says:

      Damn, well said!

    • MeghanNotMarkle says:

      All. Of. This.

    • ChillyWilly says:

      EXACTLY! And even mental health issues are easier to deal with when you have access to the very best doctors. Even people with insurance only get so many therapist appointments per year.

      • MeghanNotMarkle says:

        If you can even find a provider who takes insurance. Where I live there’s a lot of money (it’s not mine) and most providers are cash-only. These rich folks don’t like paper trails for their mental health issues. I’m fortunate to have a great therapist and psychiatrist but just getting in to them took months and a lot of red tape with my insurance company.

      • WriterMarie says:

        This is true, I only get six! And I work for a Health Insurance company. It’s just so sad! I’ve been sober for 14 years so thankfully I do have support groups in that realm, AA and SMART recovery. Otherwise if I didn’t, I wouldn’t be okay. We need to change the way our healthcare system looks at mental health. It’s really ridiculous.

  8. Some chick says:

    Gaga is very pretty, and pretty smart. She is talented. She writes music.

    Her glam squad is top notch.

    But she really just doesn’t seem to understand her privilege.

    I appreciated her when she was sticking up for the outcasts – the queers, the weirdos. But TBH Miley has done so much more.

  9. Ann says:

    Basically since she decided to make a rape anthem and a rapey video with a known rapist I have zero respect for Gaga. I like a lot of her music but she is a shitty person and so freaking pretentious. This interview is like all her other interviews where she prattles on in the most humorless way about why whatever she’s doing is really super important and significant. Having said that I am looking forward to the album… Stupid Love is banger.

  10. MeghanNotMarkle says:

    This seems… tone deaf to me? I mean, yeah, fame and money aren’t everything but I’d be doing a whole lot better mentally if I had a financial cushion to fall on right now. I used to like her but over the years I’ve moved away from that. She does seem like A Lot. A lot, a lot. It’s exhausting just reading the interview.

  11. Ni says:

    Cool magazine cover but she’s been shopped in Scarlett Johansson.

    • Onnit says:

      It thought is WAS Scarlett Johansson! I thought the photo in the red outfit was Katy Perry as well. Obviously, I was initially confused as to why Lady Gaga was in the headline until I read the article (but I checked out the photos first). Why doesn’t Lady Gaga want to look like herself anymore?

    • Giddy says:

      And I thought it was Amy Adams. Gaga just makes me tired, especially right now. I would respect her if instead of the me, me, me, she talked about the heroism of health care workers. Does she really think her dancers had it harder than what hospital employees and EMTs are facing every day? With her money she could send those workers extra masks or gowns. Or how about supporting local restaurants by ordering food to be delivered to a hospital or fire station. Why not learn about the great feeling she could have by helping others right now? Why not use her enormous privilege and fortune to help out food banks that are particularly stressed right now?

      She is monumentally tone deaf. and needs to think of others.

      • BeanieBean says:

        To be fair, I think this interview was conducted quite some time ago in order to go to press when it did.

  12. No Doubt says:

    She’s so talented and I like a lot of her music, but my god is she insufferable in interviews. Totally out of touch.

  13. Marjorie says:

    Hope the dancers don’t get lung disease from breathing in sand at this gig.

  14. Joanna says:

    I don’t think it’s so bad what she says. I sold my house, I told my mom I made money. And all of a sudden, she was expecting me to help my 45 year old brother with his Bill’s. Brother that lives in mom’s house, pays no rent, works part time etc. Meanwhile bugging me about 500 I borrowed years ago, while helping my brother pay hisBill’s. .It is definitely a lot better than when I was broke but having any money at all opens a new set of problems.

  15. Teresa says:

    I have loved Gaga since college when she released Poker Face. Her music ranges from fun club to heartfelt and she is insanely vocally talented. It irks me when people say oh she’s copying someone. Of frigging course. Nothing is new under the sun. All that to say she’s irritating in this interview. Her over the top persona is what got her famous, she wanted the fame. I don’t doubt it’s hard and often not what a person expected. But it is proliferated by her. Side note on Stupid Love… I guess I don’t get the video bc it was not great to me and I didn’t honestly even notice the dancing as anything in particular.

  16. Sister Carrie says:

    Is that bad plastic surgery making her eyes look, well, mismatched?

    • Fleur says:

      I wondered that, too. I think it’s the angle the photo was taken at that exaggerates the eye alignment. Regardless, after seeing this, I went back and really studied her eyes in old (and recent) photos, and it looks like there’s always been some asymmetry in the alignment of her eyes, one eye verses the other. All this time, I never noticed it (at least until the photo above). In photos, I always got the sense there was something asymmetrical about her features, I just never knew what it was. Anyway, there’s nothing wrong with that. asymmetry can be sexy, just look at young Ellen Barkin.

      I watched the Netflix doc on her life, and loved it. I think she’s really interesting, and I loved how complete and vulnerable she was willing to be. i think it’s the most well-done musician-documentary I’ve seen in the last decade. She’s probably A Lot, but I like that she’d also probably be the first to agree with that. Also, having watched the documentary, she has great skin and looks beautiful without any makeup. I wish she’d rock a natural look more often.

  17. minx says:

    Whatever, Gaga.

  18. Bucky Bieber says:

    Life is a struggle punctuated by periods of happiness.

  19. Adrien says:

    Very smart for Dua Lipa to not delay the release of her album due to coronavirus. She rules the airwaves this quarantine. Lady G will sound old next to DL’s songs when the whole covid situation is over.

  20. K says:

    “There’s no need for all of this.”

    …is my feeling about Lady Gaga in general

  21. Valiantly Varnished says:

    So much Gaga hate. I dont get it. I actually related to a lot of what she said. Specifically in regards to mental and physical health.

  22. v says:

    I thought this woman has exhausted all visual imagery in objectifying and robot-ifying herself. We get you are a puppet and earn good money for it, now get lost with your sinister projections. She reminds me of Madonna, another influencer with an agenda of smearing women while posing as an empowered feminist. Shame on you both.