It’s been a while we’ve seen Lady Gaga, pop queen, on the cover of a magazine. This changes with her latest cover on Harper’s Bazaar March 2014 Issue. The cover and editorial pictures are as crazy as can be expected from Lady Gaga.
Shot by Terry Richardson, Harper’s Bazaar quizzes her on the secrets of her survival after so many years —and finds out why nobody puts Gaga in a corner. The interview is in-depth and candid, see excerpts below:
HARPER’S BAZAAR: How have you changed in the past few years?
LADY GAGA: I’m actually not very different at all. I work all day, do research, sketch my ideas, prepare for performances. My experience with fame has been the opposite: “How can I stop this from changing me?” I mean I’m not broke anymore—that’s good! But today I’m more comfortable with being who I am. When I was younger, I felt pressure to become someone else once I became successful. But it’s the intention of the work that’s changed. I have fans now. I have a new purpose: to remind them that I am one of them, that we are one another. My consciousness has changed.
HB: What was the first big musical moment in your life?
LG: I went to see Phantom of the Opera with my grandma and my mom when I was very little. The stage, the voice, the music?…Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber has been a massive inspiration to me for some time—the storytelling, that deliciously somber undertone in his music. I just knew that he could see it while he was creating it. It is the same way I experience music.
HB: Romeo & Juliet or Titanic?
LG: Romeo & Juliet—both the Shakespeare and the Baz [Luhrmann] versions I was changed by profoundly as a child. But I have to say, Titanic is also a classic.
HB: John Lennon or Paul McCartney?
LG: I love Paul so much, but I was and will always be a Lennon girl.
HB: Do you believe in ghosts?
LG: Yes. I have many old souls around me all the time.
HB: What are your guilty pleasures?
LG: Russian hookers and cheap gin. At least I’m honest.
Read up the full interview here on Harpers’ Bazaar