Vogue magazine caught up with Lady Gaga while she was performing the last concert in her Monster Ball Tour. She’s exhausted after being on tour for almost three years, without a real break. Ã¢â¬ÅLetÃ¢â¬â¢s call a spade a spade here,Ã¢â¬Â she says. Ã¢â¬ÅI am really f***ing tired. I am at that last mile of the marathon when your fingers and your toes are numb and you canÃ¢â¬â¢t feel your body, and I am just going on adrenaline. But in the overarching objective of my life, I am really only at mile two. I try to keep that in mind.Ã¢â¬Â
Gaga opens up about her love of New York, her parents, and her boyfriend Luc. Continue reading the interview – and see more pictures of Lady Gaga after the jump! (Don’t want to miss!)
Gaga has been a performer since she was a little girl.
Ã¢â¬ÅI was a strange, loud little kid who could sit at the piano and kill a Beethoven piece.Ã¢â¬Â Still showing no false modesty, Lady Gaga says of herself now, Ã¢â¬ÅSpeaking purely from a musical standpoint, I think I am a great performer. I am a talented entertainer. I consider myself to have one of the greatest voices in the industry. I consider myself to be one of the greatest songwriters. I wouldnÃ¢â¬â¢t say that I am one of the greatest dancers, but I am really quite good at what I do.Ã¢â¬Â Big words from someone whoÃ¢â¬â¢s only been around for three years. Ã¢â¬ÅI think itÃ¢â¬â¢s OK to be confident in yourself,Ã¢â¬Â she says.
Gaga is smitten with her boyfriend, Luc.
Gaga stumbled up to me to say hello and then introduced me to the guy she was hanging all over: a tall, boyishly cute heavy metalÃ¢â¬âlooking dude with a mullet, wearing a sleeveless black leather vest. Ã¢â¬ÅThis is Luc,Ã¢â¬Â she said proudly. Ã¢â¬ÅHeÃ¢â¬â¢s my boyfriend.Ã¢â¬Â He looked down at her for a moment, and a knowing grin crossed his face. Ã¢â¬ÅOK, Bette Midler,Ã¢â¬Â he said. Moments later I was ushered out of the room by Wendi Morris, GagaÃ¢â¬â¢s road managerÃ¢â¬âin an effort, it seemed to me, to protect Gaga from herself. As I was walking through the curtains I looked back, and Gaga was in LucÃ¢â¬â¢s lap. Ã¢â¬ÅJonathan, wait,Ã¢â¬Â she whined like a teenage girl in need of attention. Ã¢â¬ÅDonÃ¢â¬â¢t you want to stay and ask me some questions?Ã¢â¬Â
Lady Gaga’s performance style on stage is raw, emotional.
Ã¢â¬ÅI am quite literally chest open, exposed, open-heart surgery every night on that stage, bleeding for my fans and my music. ItÃ¢â¬â¢s so funny when people say, Ã¢â¬ËItÃ¢â¬â¢s amazing to see how hard you work.Ã¢â¬â¢ WeÃ¢â¬â¢re supposed to work hard! I have the world at my fingertips. I am not going to saunter around the stage doing pelvic thrusts and lip-synching. ThatÃ¢â¬â¢s not at all why I am in this. I donÃ¢â¬â¢t feel spiritually connected to anyone in Hollywood makeup and a gown with diamond earrings on. I am just a different breed. I want to be your cool older sister who you feel really connected with, who you feel understands you and refuses to judge anything about you because sheÃ¢â¬â¢s been there.Ã¢â¬Â
Gaga opens up about her influences.
Ã¢â¬ÅItÃ¢â¬â¢s not a secret that I have been inspired by tons of people,Ã¢â¬Â she says, Ã¢â¬ÅDavid Bowie and Prince being the most paramount in terms of live performance.Ã¢â¬Â She also seems to have made peace with the fact that she is compared toÃ¢â¬âor, less charitably, accused of ripping offÃ¢â¬ânearly every artist of the last 50 years. Ã¢â¬ÅI could go on and on about all of the people I have been compared toÃ¢â¬âfrom Madonna to Grace Jones to Debbie Harry to Elton John to Marilyn Manson to Yoko OnoÃ¢â¬âbut at a certain point you have to realize that what they are saying is that I am cut from the cloth of performer, that I am like all of those people in spirit.Ã¢â¬Â She takes a bite of filet mignon and says with her mouth full, Ã¢â¬ÅShe was born this way.Ã¢â¬Â
She is extremely close to her parents, with whom she checks in with often.
“I obsess about his health,” she said about her father. “I’m very Italian. I call him every day. I ask my mother if he’s been smoking. They are in their 50s, and they still live in the same apartment on the Upper West Side. Nothing has changed since I have become a star. I am a real family girl. When it comes to love and loyalty, I am very old-fashioned. And I am quite down-to-earth for such an eccentric person.”
Lady Gaga is wearing Haider Ackermann on the cover (the guy Karl Lagerfeld says could be the next designer of Chanel)