As Lady Gaga herself has sung, it's all just a perfect illusion. The version of ourselves we present to our friends, family, and especially to the public is often not the person we truly are on the inside. That heartfelt sentiment rings true even for the great Mother Monster herself, possibly even more so as she bravely and proudly enters the next stage of her life and her amazing career:
The singer/songwriter/actress has been hard at work lately promoting her fifth studio album, Joanne. But while that's been taking up the majority of her time, she did manage to sit down for an interview on CBS This Morning. She discussed her new album, her life, and the ultimate price she's paid for transforming Stefani Germanotta into the pop culture icon that is #LadyGaga.
On 'Joanne': "It's Not One Big Party"
Gaga began her interview speaking about the brand new album, the country/soul/rock-infused record that has become her most honest portrayal of herself to date. Tossing away the costumes, the excessive makeup, and the elaborate stage shows, Lady Gaga has, in a sense, become "more Lady than Gaga." When speaking of the album, Gaga spoke about the difficult transition for her fans in terms of ARTPOP and Joanne's overall feel and theme.
There's a lot of crying. A lot of pain. A lot of learning about myself.
And even though many believe the record wouldn't achieve the same acclaim as her previous solo efforts, Joanne managed an easy debut atop the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart upon release.
On Taylor Kinney: "Women Love With Everything We Have"
Though she never spoke directly about her former fiancee, she did open up about the struggles women face when it comes to being truly in love. Her engagement with Taylor Kinney ended this past year after five years together. And though the two are no longer a couple, she still counts him among the many people she cares about very much. When asked a few months ago if her song, "Perfect Illusion," was a dig at Kinney, she replied by saying, "I would never use my song to hurt anyone that I love so much."
She spoke a little about love in her interview, not necessarily toward her own life, but something she feels women experience in general.
Sometimes I don't know that love is met with the type of dignity we wish it would be met with. We're not trying to make you less of a man, we just want you to love us as deeply and as wholesomely and as fully as we love you.
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On Celebrity & Fame: "I'm Not Free Anymore"
We've seen a lot of this sort of thing pop up in the news recently, celebrities being open and honest about their struggles with fame. Most of us either shrug it off or criticize them for complaining about their superficial rich people problems. But celebrities are still real people with real problems.
Gaga speaks about it in a way that fame has impacted her own life. Her song "Perfect Illusion" somewhat deals with her own acceptance - and ours - of what we've actually fallen for when we look at these surface glamorous celebrities.
I'm very acutely aware that once I cross that property line, I'm not free anymore. As soon as I go out, I belong to everyone else. It's legal to follow me, legal to stalk me at the beach. I can't ask them to leave or call the police.
Fortunately for Lady Gaga, she was able to set boundaries for herself within her own family unit and, as hard as it was for her, also with her adoring fans. Laying down the law, she told her interviewer:
If I can't be free out there, I'm gonna be free in here.
You can check out the rest of Lady Gaga's emotional interview with CBS below:
Do you think Joanne will be Lady Gaga's best album yet?