Pop singer and fashionista Lady Gaga sat down with Larry King Tuesday evening for an interview as part of his 25th Anniversary series and revealed to the legendary talk show host that she was supposed to have been included on Michael Jackson’s “This Is It” Tour. Although rumored for quite some time, it had never been confirmed that Lady Gaga was to be a part of the Michael Jackson tour, which never materialized due to the singer’s death in June 2009. According to Lady Gaga, she was to perform with Michael Jackson at the O2 Arena in London, where she performed this past weekend.
Lady Gaga, dressed to mirror Larry King (in suspenders, his trademark), said it was difficult to talk about because it was personal. “I was actually asked to open for Michael on his tour,” she said reluctantly. “And we were going to open for him at the O2, and we were working on making it happen.”
Lady Gaga said she had heard about a lot of people doing openers for Michael Jackson and even doing duets with the King of Pop. She went on: “Michael’s death was devastating for me regardless of whether or not I was supposed to go on tour with him.
“He is such an inspiration and remarkable human being. And I guess I suppose, Larry, some of my fascination with death and the demise of the celebrity goes along with me watching these hugely iconic and amazing people that I have heralded and admired my whole life become destroyed — whether self-destroyed or destroyed by the media.”
She was, of course, referring to the period in Michael Jackson’s life when he was ridiculed and his life sensationalized by the media, a period that followed allegations of child molestation and charges being brought against him. Some of the attacks, derogations, and insinuations continued even after his untimely death in June 2009.
Lady Gaga was also referring to the late Princess Diana, which she had named as an iconic figure in her life prior to talking about Michael Jackson. She told Larry King that she had been “fascinated” with Princess Diana when she was a child and that Princess Diana’s death had had a major impact on her.
Princess Diana died in a car accident in August 1997. Always the focus of media attention, even the Princess’ accident became the center of storm of controversy, many blaming the doggedness of the paparazzi for contributing to the car crash.
When asked if she thought of herself as an icon, Lady Gaga said, “No, I do not. I hope when I’m dead I’ll be considered an icon, though.”
“Larry King Live,” CNN Television