Larry King welcomed Lady Gaga to his 25th Anniversary Celebration, with no subject off-limits for the 24-year-old dance, pop star. Known for her steamy videos and outlandish over-the-top costumes, this talented pianist, singer, songwriter was all talk holding nothing back.
The New York Italian princess with the theatrical flair proclaimed music was her destiny. Having worked as a waitress and bartender, she flooded the Lower East Side and NYU campus with her infectious sound. (Do I hear a cheer from Delancey Street?)
Larry King starts things off strong with his first question, challenging “The Lady” right from the start.
Larry King: Do you consider yourself an icon?
Lady Gaga: “No, I don’t.”
Larry King: Who are your icons? Who do you look up to?
Lady Gaga: “My mom, my grandma, Princess Diana.” She explained that Lady Di had an enormous influence on her when she was younger. She added, David Bowie.
The Road to Fame
Larry King: “Did your family encourage you to dance and perform?”
Lady Gaga: “Lady” explained that her dad was a Jersey Shore boy and played in a Bruce Springsteen cover band. Whatever Lady Gaga wanted to do was OK, as long as she worked hard. Laziness was not tolerated.
Larry King mentioned that there have been stories of Lady Gaga having lupus.
Larry King: “Do you have lupus?”
Lady Gaga: “The truth is, I don’t show any signs.” She explains it is genetic. She has to take good care of her health.
The Michael Jackson Connection
Larry King: “Is it true that Michael Jackson wanted to perform with you on his comeback tour?”
Lady Gaga: “The Lady” explained that she was asked to open at the O2 in London for the “King of Pop.” She went on to elaborate that Michael Jackson’s death was devastating for her as she has been watching some of her favorite icons being destroyed.
Lady Gaga: “She’s been a wonderful friend.”
Larry King: “What do you think of Madonna?”
Lady Gaga: She says Madonna is kind, supportive, amazing.
Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell
Lady Gaga: She doesn’t believe “anyone should hide who they are.”
The Gay Community
Larry King: “Why is there such an appeal for you from the gay community?”
Lady Gaga: “To be gay, live openly, requires a lot of strength.”
Growing up, Lady Gaga said that most of her friends were gay guys. She celebrates their culture and who they are.
On Her Bisexuality
Larry King: “How do yo deal with your bisexuality?”
Lady Gaga: “I deal with it just fine.”
She says she is looking for love just like everyone else.
Larry King: “If you weren’t in show business, what would you be doing?”
Lady Gaga: “I’d be dead.”
The Lady loves show biz and can’t imagine doing anything else.
The Next Album
Larry King: He wanted to know when her next album was coming out.
Lady Gaga: She asked her fans to give it some time. She is on tour right now.
We got a sample of her new video, “Alejandro.” See a clip here.
Always on the edge, pushing the boundaries is Lady Gaga. She has her limits, as “The Lady” told Larry King she doesn’t believe in violence, negativity, prejudice, or hatred.
Finally, Lady Gaga states: “I hope when I’m dead I’m considered an icon.”
I think that says it all.