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A record deal doesn’t make you an artist; you make yourself an artist.
– Lady Gaga
Every video I’m in, every magazine cover, they stretch you; they make you perfect. It’s not real life.
I talk about myself in the third person all the time. I don’t live my life in the way someone like you does. I live my life completely serving only my work and my fans.
The instrument that I never learned how to play was my fans. You know, they are the part of the story that nobody teaches you. I just want to do the right thing; I want to be a voice with them, among them.
I went to a lovely school, and I got an incredible education. And I actually think that my education is what really sets me apart, ’cause I’m very smart.
I’ve worked since I was a five-year-old to be a performer.
Then, when I’m in these relationships with people who are also creative, or creative in their own way, what happens is the attraction is initially there and it’s all unicorns and rainbows. And then they hate me.
I’m an inventor.
I really wanted to break the mold of what modern touring is right now.
I never wanted to look pretty on stage and sing about something we’ve all heard about before.
In the book of Gaga, fame is in your heart, fame is there to comfort you, to bring you self-confidence and worth whenever you need it.
It’s honestly true that money means nothing to me.
I play a lot of instruments. I write all my own music. I spend hours and hours a day in the studio. I’m a producer. I’m a writer.
I just am committed wholeheartedly to theatre with no intermission.
In case you’re wondering whether I lip synch, the answer is no… people think so because I sound so good.
It has been hard for me to find it, but I have found love.
I was doing these performance art pop music pieces in the city. And they were a bit on the eccentric side I suppose. So people started to call me Gaga after the Queen song ‘Radio Gaga.’
It sometimes makes people feel better about themselves, you know, to put other people down, or make fun of them, or maybe make mockery of their work and that doesn’t make me feel good at all.
In a sense I portray myself in a very androgynous way, and I love androgyny.
So there’s nothing more provocative than taking a genre that everybody who’s cool hates – and then making it cool.
I wanted to get a job being creative, and I did.
I decided to pursue music, so I dropped out of school and I told my parents I didn’t want any money from them. I got three jobs and I just hit the ground running.
I went to see ‘Phantom of the Opera’ with my grandma and my mom when I was very little. The stage, the voice, the music… Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber has been a massive inspiration to me for some time – the storytelling, that deliciously somber undertone in his music.
I think a lot of people love to convolute what everyone else does in order to disempower women.
When you’re around me and really see that all I do is live and breathe for my work, it’s not strange, it’s just Gaga.
I don’t like celebrities; I don’t hang out with them; I don’t relate to that life.
I was so ashamed of who I was.
I don’t think I could think of a single thing that’s more isolating than being famous.
I believe that if you have revolutionary potential, you must make the world a better place and use it.
People want to tear me down, they were going to knife me anyway.