Thursday July 19, 2018

Gaga takes break

LADY Gaga said that she's planning to take a "rest" from music and "slow down for a moment for some healing."

The pop star was in Toronto on Friday for a pair of concerts and to premiere a Netflix documentary about herself, "Gaga: Five Foot Two." The film, playing at the Toronto International Film Festival, chronicles her life, February's Super Bowl performance and her struggle with chronic pain.

Gaga teared up speaking to reporters about her health issues. "It's hard," she said, "but it's liberating too."

The singer said that she'll still be creating during a break from music. "It doesn't mean I don't have some things up my sleeve," said Gaga.

Gaga recently shot a remake of "A Star is Born," co-starring Bradley Cooper.

According to BBC News though, Gaga has yet to see the documentary about her life.

"This film is not my vision; it's (director) Chris (Moukarbel)'s vision. I'm just party to it because it's my life," Gaga said about the film.

"It was a challenging time. There were extreme highs and my life has completely changed in the most wonderful way that I would never take back, but it also included the lowest of lows," said Gaga.

"It's a difficult thing to let somebody into your life, and I think it happened slowly and organically, and there were points where she could've pulled the plug on it, but she allowed it to happen and then we had a finished film," said Moukarbel, who admitted that the 31-year-old singer was a reluctant participant.

The documentary also tackled Gaga's alleged feud with Madonna.

“The thing with me and Madonna is that I admired her always and still admire her, no matter what she might think of me,” said Gaga. “The only thing that really bothers me about her is (that) I’m Italian and from New York, so if I have a problem with somebody, I’m gonna tell you to your face.”

The beef between the two was quite a slow burn. It all started when Gaga, in a 2009 interview, compared herself to Madonna: "I think what Madonna and I share is that we are both fearless. We both have a lot of nerve. We're both Italian-American women; we both started out in the New York underground scene—and we both became famous when we dyed our hair blonde."

That was fine by Madonna. The 59-year-old “Material Girl” singer said she was actually a fan of Lady Gaga.

But then Gaga's music started channeling Madonna. And it was not just Madonna who noticed but the media as well.

Gaga's “Alejandro,” they said, sounded a bit like Madonna's “Who's that Girl” and “La Isla Bonita.” They also said that Gaga's “Born This Way” was similar to Madonna's “Express Yourself.”

To make matters worse, in an interview with Jay Leno in 2011, Gaga said she received kudos from Madonna's people through an e-mail. Madonna's camp said there was no such e-mail.

In 2012, Barbara Walters interviewed Madonna and asked about “Born This Way,” of which she said: "When I heard it on the radio, I said that sounds very familiar. It feels reductive. " (AP & JGA)