Lady Gaga is a huge star, but unlike other divas, she’s no enigma. In fact, despite some occasionally playful performances, she is almost embarrassingly honest in interviews. She’s frank about her goals, her relationship to her fans, her approach to music, her business acumen, her drug use and her interpersonal relationships. If you follow Lady Gaga, you definitely know quite a bit about her.
Considering the media blitz that has been going on since the release of Born This Way on Monday, there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot more to know about the woman born Stefani Germanotta.
Still, the quotes included in this week’s Rolling Stone cover story do offer some interesting revelations.
It shouldn’t be surprising to anyone that she feels “dead” when she’s not on stage, and while we know that she has quite a passionate, personal relationship with her fans, it’s interesting that she feels that it’s unfair to them if she were to choose to have some private time.
“We have this umbilical cord that I don’t want to cut, ever,” she told the magazine. “I don’t feel that they suck me dry. It would be so mean, wouldn’t it, to say, ‘For the next month, I’m going to cut myself off from my fans so I can be a person.’ What does that mean? They are part of my person, they are so much of my person. They’re at least 50 percent, if not more.”
Gaga also had a message for critics who take her to task for attracting attention. “Perhaps it’s been a couple of decades since there’s been an artist that’s been as vocal about culture, religion, human rights, politics,” she said. “I’m so passionate about what I do, every bass line, every EQ. Why is it that you don’t want more from the artist, why is it that you expect so little, so when I give and give, you assume it’s narcissistic?”
Read more from EW.com: