Are your paws up, Little Monsters? Right, I shall begin.
At this week’s BBC Children in Need Rocks event in Manchester I was summoned to speak to the current Queen of Pop Lady Gaga.
Before you say it, obviously Madonna is the High Priestess of Pop and always will be. But there’s no escaping Gaga is pushing the boundaries of pop music these days.
Her album Born This Way is an international hit and she’s preparing to take the album on a world tour with the Born This Way Ball. If it’s anything like her debut tour Monster’s Ball then we’re in for a treat.
The first thing Gaga wanted to clear up was this supposed feud with Madonna. Recently Madge was heard saying, “Lady Who?” when asked about her Gaga at her W.E premiere in London. But the lady herself says there’s no beef between them. “Madonna is a wonderful influence on me, obviously,” she said. “I feel blessed to have grown up with a powerful blonde woman to show us all the ropes. It’s all down to her that I’m able to do what I do.
“I really like her new single too. The one that leaked. There’s no problem between us.”
Gaga, who sipped on a large glass of white wine while we nattered, had a lot to get off her chest when we met – she told me she’s yet to found a house and spend any of her estimated £60 million fortune.
“The truth is I’ve looked at a few places but I can’t find a house that is me,” she said. “There’s no gusto to settle down yet. I’m actually perfectly happy being a gypsy and being on the move. I’m not obsessed with anything material other than fashion when it comes to spending money. Just fashion. I don’t care for cars, boats or houses. The money just sits piled up in a bank and waves at me. I’m like, “hello money, it’s me!” every time I drive past a bank. I want to put all the money back into my career and my live shows.
“I stay at my parents a lot, in hotels and I’m quite happy – I’m only 25. People forget I’m young.”
And the star reveals she’s quite the domestic Goddess – even cleaning toilets, much to her friend’s amusement. “I last cleaned a toilet four months ago,” she laughed. “I was staying at a friend’s house and I’m actually very domesticated. I went to a friends and the toilet was dirty so I scrubbed it up. They came home laughing because I was in a weird skirt and a funny outfit and cleaning the toilet furiously. It obviously must have looked very amusing and they found it very funny.”
She nearly chokes on her vino when I suggest the word vacation. She’s given up trying to take a break. “I never take a vacation,” she scoffs. “Vacations are overrated. I do try and take them but once I arrive and I’m supposed to be on down time but I inevitably start writing and end up working. So it’s not a vacation at all. I try to chill out but it’s hard. For example I have a rule about melodies – if I think of a melody or lyric throughout the night but I can’t remember them in the morning then they were not worth it.”
Gaga, who performed a blistering three song set at Children in Need Rocks, only has one true way to chill out – watching TV cookery programmes and making Italian dishes herself. She reveals: “I watch cooking shows all the time. Non stop actually and I’m an excellent cook. You’d be very surprised if you came around for dinner. Anything Italian and I’m good at it. I grew up in a very Italian family.
“My father will just shout a recipe at me at home and I’ll make it. That’s my real vacation. Not so much palm trees and beaches – it’s going home and seeing my family. I’m a traditional woman in that way and I love going home to serve my dad and things.
“Art Smith is my favourite telly chef, I’m obsessed with him. I heard Gwyneth Paltrow was doing a show too. I bet she’s amazing – she’s a wonderful person. One of a kind.”
The star has just released a raunchy coffee table book with uber cool photographer Terry Richardson and will soon start upping the stakes preparing to tour. One thing you can definitely expect is live vocals from this girl. She think it would be cheating the fans if she couldn’t perform her hits live.
“You don’t want a pop star that can’t cut it live,” she says looking confused when I merely mention miming. “I wouldn’t have it any other way. Everybody always laughs at me when I’m cutting vocals in the studio. I just stand there saying, “Man I fucking love to sing”. Performing is everything. Dancing and performing live is what I’m about. Creating a show is hard work but it’s been incredible. Working with designers on the live tour with the fashion and most importantly I’m going to be pushing the envelope on any tour anybody has ever seen. It’s going to be pushed from an innovation perspective with technology this time around. I wouldn’t ever consider miming a live performance. Not for a fucking second. I’d rather sound bad for a second or two than mime. With this life comes many blessings so the fans deserve the truth from me as a singer. No matter what.”
You can’t help but notice she’s been looking more ladylike and less kooky with her fashion of late. And why not – designers must be bashing her door down to get her wearing their couture creations. Gaga is the ultimate kooky clothes horse. She says: “It’s not a conscious move that I’m dressing a little more lady like at the minute I’m actually schizophrenic when it comes to fashion. It all depends on my attitude. Some days I want to be a lady and some days I mix it up. Lately I’ve been feeling feminine and sexy and I’m happier than I’ve ever been with my clothes.”
And with that our time together is over. As a parting gift she says: “Hey Dean, don’t you worry I’ll be back to my filthy attire very soon. You had better be ready.” Don’t let me down, Gaga.
Lady Gaga’s new single Marry The Night is out next Monday, The Monster Ball Tour is out now on DVD and Lady Gaga x Terry Richardson is out this week.