Lady Gaga’s Joanne World Tour was her fifth time headlining a concert tour. And that, my dear monsters, is a hell of a place to be at in your career. Add to that the fact that the multihyphenate star had just come off of a few other career highs, and there was so much on her plate — maybe almost too much.
“When I was doing the Joanne tour [two years ago], I’d been touring since I was 22 years old,” she told Allure magazine in a new cover story. “I’d just done the Super Bowl show, Coachella, A Star Is Born. I really started to break down.”
“I would do the show, then I would get on an airplane, go to another country or state, get off, drive 40 minutes to the hotel, go to sleep, wake up, do another show. I was dizzy.” And though that seems similar to what she said in a now infamous clip about her schedule, now she has revealed the emotional toil that can take on the body. And for her, putting on makeup, and going through the very physical process of transforming into Lady Gaga was a part of what kept her going.
“Sarah would do my makeup, Freddie [Aspiras] would do my hair, and they would hold me and say, ‘Look at yourself. There’s Lady Gaga. You can do this. Now go do it.’ And I would go out there, and the second that spotlight hits me, bam, I’m in the zone,” she said. “But I can’t do that without them. That is the power of glam for me. Not everybody has a Sarah, but I’m very lucky that I do. And I want [my makeup line Haus Laboratories] to be for the person at home who needs that pick-me-up. If they use it, or don’t use it, they can at least look at it and go, ‘That’s what helps Lady Gaga shine on her bad days. And I want to shine today.’”
But she also hopes that it will specifically serve LGBTQ+ youth, for whom she has long advocated.
“I would like all gender identities to know very clearly that they are included, and never exploited, ever,” she said. She went on to liken the line to the effect her music has had on some, which she says helped some to come out to their parents.
“I have heard those stories so many times, over and over, for all of the years that I have been in this business,” she said. “And I want the same thing that I’ve had in my concerts to happen with this company. If I’m not changing people’s lives, what are we doing here?”