Lady Gaga brings back her hair bow on the cover of Rolling Stone magazineâ€™s latest issue, on newsstands Friday (May 27). Hereâ€™s what the 25-year-old Born This Way singer had to share:
On first finding fame:
â€œBeing myself in public was very difficult. I was being poked and probed and people would actually touch me and touch my clothes and be like, â€˜What the fâ€” is that,â€™ just so awful. It was like I was being bullied by music lovers, because they couldnâ€™t possibly believe that I was genuine.â€
On her fans:
â€œWe have this umbilical cord that I donâ€™t want to cut, ever. I donâ€™t feel that they suck me dry. It would be so mean, wouldnâ€™t it, to say, â€˜For the next month, Iâ€™m going to cut myself off from my fans so I can be a person.â€™ What does that mean? They are part of my person, they are so much of my person. Theyâ€™re at least 50 percent, if not more.â€
On her message to critics who say her main goal is to attract attention:
â€œIs it that you believe that I am attention-seeking or shock for shockâ€™s sake, or is it just that itâ€™s been a long time since someone has embraced the art form the way that I have? Perhaps itâ€™s been a couple of decades since thereâ€™s been an artist thatâ€™s been as vocal about culture, religion, human rights, politics. Iâ€™m so passionate about what I do, every bass line, every EQ. Why is it that you donâ€™t want more from the artist, why is it that you expect so little, so when I give and give, you assume itâ€™s narcissistic?â€
In the story, Gaga reveals that sheâ€™s recently derived a lot of inspiration from an unlikely source: Rocky IV.
â€œMy favorite part is when Apolloâ€™s ex-trainer says to Rocky, â€˜He is not a machine. Heâ€™s a man. Cut him, and once he feels his own blood, he will fear you.â€™
She is annoyed at the suggestion by some critics that her main goal is to attract attention.
â€œI have attention,â€ she says, and begins addressing her critics directly. â€œIs it that you believe that I am attention-seeking or shock for shockâ€™s sake, or is it just that itâ€™s been a long time since someone has embraced the art form the way that I have?â€