Lady Gaga's 'Bazaar' Interview: Had "Kegel-Exercise" Reaction to Hollywood

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Apr. 13 2011, Published 5:48 a.m. ET

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Lady Gaga covers the new issue of Harper's Bazaar and her interview with the magazine is rather... bizarre. The singer shares her view on plastic surgery, compares Hollywood to Kegel exercises and says Alexander McQueen wrote "Born This Way" for her after his death.


In connection to the release of her Born This Way album, Lady Gaga has been sporting some horns.

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"It's artistic expression," Gaga tells Harper's Bazaar. "It's a performance-art piece. I have never, ever encouraged my fans or anyone to harm themselves, nor do I romanticize masochism. Body modification is part of the overarching analysis of Born This Way. In the video, we use Rico, who is tattooed head to toe including a skull on his face. He was born that way. Although he wasn't born with tattoos, it was his ultimate destiny to become the man he is today."

So was this Gaga's destiny?

"I have never had plastic surgery, and there are many pop singers who have," she says. "I think that promoting insecurity in the form of plastic surgery is infinitely more harmful than an artistic expression related to body modification."

"And how many models and actresses do you see on magazine covers who have brand-new faces and have had plastic surgery, while I myself have never had any plastic surgery?" she adds. "I am an artist, and I have the ability and the free will to choose the way the world will envision me."

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And Lady Gaga used her free will to decide to not embrace Hollywood.

"I had all these number-one records, and I had sold all these albums, and it was sort of this turning point: Am I going to try and embrace Hollywood and assimilate to that culture?" she asks. "I put my toe in that water, and it was a Kegel-exercise vaginal reaction where I clenched and had to retract immediately. I ran furiously back to New York, to my old apartment, and I hung out with my friends, and I went to the same bars."

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And Lady Gaga is still hanging out with her friend, the late Alexander McQueen and says he started working with her after his suicide.

"I think he planned the whole thing: Right after he died, I wrote 'Born This Way.' I think he's up in heaven with fashion strings in his hands, marionetting away, planning this whole thing."

And the release date for "Born This Way" and moved up to the exact date of the one-year anniversary of his death.

"When I heard that, I knew he planned the whole d**n thing," she says. "I didn't even write the f**king song. He did!"


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