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Gaga on Madonna: 'I Will Not Be Compared to Anyone Anymore'


"I loved being that girl that walked down the street on the Lower East Side that nobody knew."

Lady Gaga sat down for a very personal and revealing radio interview with Zane Lowe on Beats 1. She talked about many things, including her sonic evolution over the past few records, her Joanne crew, and her personal connections to the new album.

One really interesting moment of the interview was her response when questioned about comparisons to another pop queen, Madonna.

"Madonna and I are very different. I wouldn't make that comparison at all. And I don't mean to disrespect Madonna. She's a nice lady, and she's had a fantastic huge career - she's the biggest pop star of all time. But I play a lot of instruments. I write all my own music. I spend hours and hours a day in the studio. I'm a producer. I'm a writer. What I do is different. I'm not just rehearsing over and over again to put on a show. There is a spontaneity in my work. I allow myself to fail. I allow myself to break. I'm not afraid of my flaws. There are major differences between me and her, and I don't mean that in a disrespectful way. I just will not be compared to anyone anymore, I am who the f-k I am and this is me. My life story is my life story, just like yours is."

Gaga also talked about the loss of anonymity that international fame has brought her:

"I loved being that girl that walked down the street on the Lower East Side that nobody knew... I don't, and have never felt a connection to Hollywood. I still feel very grounded in my family."

On what urged her to create this record:

"Joanne, this record, I looked back at my father's sister, who we'll get into in a minute, who I was named after, and her pain, and it gave me strength to go on. Life is a dogfight for a lot of people, and you've got to be a pitbull."

On some of the pain that has shaped the past 5 years:

"Letting go of who I was before. And I don't mean becoming Lady Gaga, and leaving that behind, that's not what I mean by that. What I mean is my life is different now. I can't walk down the street in the same way and be me. When I meet people they are not always interested in speaking to me about real human things, like we are now... it's the Fame Monster, in a way."

Watch the full, incredibly revealing interview below:

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