Lady Gaga Thinks Red Carpets Are ‘Visually Horrid’
Just when we think we’ve learned all there is to know about the Fame Monster, Lady Gaga goes and does an interview with the Times of London that is so in depth, so endearing, and so utterly fabulous that we’ve already skipped our Saturday morning yoga class to read all 5,000 words of it and excerpt our favorite parts here.
To start off, Lady Gaga addresses those Met Gala rumors head on — you know, where she hid in her dressing room and refused to walk the red carpet and it took Terrence Koh and Oprah to coax her out? Yeah, turns out Gaga didn’t need any coaxing.
“I wasn’t nervous!” she says, witheringly. “To be honest with you, I don’t give a f*** about red carpets, and I never do them. I don’t like them. First of all – how could any of these outfits possibly look good with an ugly red carpet under them? It’s just visually horrid.
“Hollywood is not what it used to be. I don’t want to be perceived as… one of the other bitches in a gown. I wasn’t nervous.”
But that doesn’t mean Gaga doesn’t love fashion. She tells the Times that clothing is one of the few things she actually spends money on.
“You see, I don’t really spend money and I don’t really like fame,” Gaga says. “I spend my money on my shows – but I don’t like buying things. I don’t buy diamonds, because I don’t know where they came from. I’ll spend it on fashion.” She hugs the McQueen cloak close. “I miss Lee every time I get dressed,” she says, sadly.
And despite the title of her album and tour, Gaga doesn’t actually like fame.
“But you know what I spend most of my money on? Disappearing. I hate the paparazzi. Because the truth is – no matter what people tell you – you can control it. If you put as much money into your security as you put into your cars or your diamonds or your jewellery, you can just… disappear. People who say they can’t get away are lying. They must just like the… big flashes.”
(Brad Pitt and Angelina — we’re looking at you.)
In an almost unnervingly candid portion of the interview, Gaga opens up about her health. I’ve excerpted the whole exchange below because to try to summarize wouldn’t do it justice.
“What’s the nearest you’ve ever come to death?” I ask her. “Do you have any recurring illnesses?”
She goes oddly still for a moment, and then says, “I have heart palpitations and… things.”
“Yes, but it’s OK. It’s just from fatigue and other things,” she shrugs, before saying, with great care, “I’m very connected to my aunt, Joanne, who died of lupus. It’s a very personal thing. I don’t want my fans to be worried about me.”
Her eyes are very wide.
“Lupus. That’s genetic, isn’t it?” I ask.
“And have you been tested?”
Again, the eyes are very wide and steady. “Yes.” Pause. “But I don’t want anyone to be worried.”
…It’s a very odd moment. Gaga is staring at me calmly but intently.
Lupus is an auto immune disease that as of now has no cure. It can cause heart palpitations, shortness of breath, arthritis, nausea, seizures, and severe fatigue. Though there is no cure, fatalities have become less common and treatment is aimed at controlling the symptoms.
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