Lady Gaga opened up about her new album and ‘Perfect Illusion,’ her first solo single in three years, and addressed speculation as to whether it is about her ex-fiance Taylor Kinney. She also spoke about her struggle with depression and revealed how her rise fame had impacted her.
Lady Gaga as pop music superstar has resurfaced with a new single ‘Perfect Illusion’– a dance anthem — that’s proving to be a hit. This after her critically acclaimed album ‘Cheek to Cheek’ in collaboration with legendary jazz singer Tony Bennett and her starring role in ‘American Horror Story: Hotel.’
Now the 30-year-old who rose to fame with the likes of ‘Let’s Dance’ and ‘Bad Romance’ is opening up about her new music and the album that’s the long awaited followup to ARTPOP of 2013 which divided the critics and saw lagging sales by the benchmark of previous albums including ‘Fame Monster.’
She spoke with SiriusXM host Andy Cohen — full audio below — about what she called “the elephant in the room.” Yes, the rampant speculation that she’s written the song about her former fiance, 35-year-old Chicago Fire star Taylor Kinney.
She said, “I love Taylor so, so much and this song is not a hit out against Taylor. This song is just about… I’m sure not only feelings that I’ve had but that he’s had, that my friends have had, my sister has in her relationship.” She went on to call it “a record about all of us: and said, “And I would never use my song or want to use the public to hurt anyone that I love so much.”
As Billboard reports, in another interview, with SiriusXM host Sway Calloway, she spoke about her new album and what her fans, the Little Monsters, can expect. She said, “On this album, I’m my father’s daughter, I’m my mother’s daughter, I’m my sister’s sister, I’m my friend’s friend and every lyric, everything that I’ve put into it is from the perspective of not just my life but wanting to sing to this very particular person I had in my head.”
Elaborating, she described the person as “typical middle American girl” and detailed her clothing and her wardrobe and other minute details of her life and said of her that she is “just crying her eyes out singing along to every word and going, ‘I can’t believe that I can relate to Lady Gaga.'”
She went on to say, “But then, by the time I finished writing the record I realized that girl was me…And I was writing to myself as if this had never happened.”
In an interview with The Mirror she opened up about why she took a three-year hiatus after ARTPOP. She said, “I needed a moment to stabilize.” She added, “When my career took off, I don’t remember anything at all. It’s like I’m traumatized. I needed time to recalibrate my soul.”
She went on to speak of her mental health issues, and said, “I take medication. I’m not saying I feel good because of the medication – I wouldn’t encourage young people to take anti-depressants or mood stabilisers.” She added, “I openly admit to having battled depression and anxiety and I think a lot of people do. I think it’s better when we all say: ‘Cheers!’ And ‘fess up to it.”
You can hear the full audio of Lady Gaga’s new song ‘Perfect Illusion’ plus the radio interview below.