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Lady Gaga on Madonna comparisons: 'What I do is different'

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Lady Gaga doesn’t want to be compared to Madonna … or anyone for that matter.

During a sit-down interview with Beats 1’s Zane Lowe, Gaga discussed her relationship with her father, when Lowe brought up Madonna, even referencing her hit song, “Papa Don’t Preach.” While Gaga made sure to compliment Madonna, she also dismissed the comparison.

“Madonna and I are very different, I wouldn’t make that comparison at all,” she said. “I don’t mean to disrespect Madonna. She’s a nice lady and she’s had a fantastic huge career. She’s the biggest pop star of all time, but I play a lot of instruments. I write all my own music. I spend hours and hours a day in the studio. I’m a producer, I’m a writer. What I do is different. I’m not just rehearsing over and over again to put on a show.”

Gaga, who is set to follow in Madonna’s footsteps as a Super Bowl halftime performer, wasn’t done trying to distance herself from her predecessor. 

“There’s a spontaneity in my work,” she continued. “I allow myself to fail. I allow myself to break. I’m not afraid of my flaws. There are major differences between me and her. I don’t mean that in a disrespectful way. I just will not be compared to anyone anymore. I am who the f— I am and this is me. My life story is my life story.”

The singer’s latest album, Joanne is available now, and she will be the musical guest on this weekend’s episode of Saturday Night Live.

Watch the full interview below; the Madonna comments begins around the 31-minute mark.

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