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Lady Gaga reveals she was raped as a teenager

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I feel like Lady Gaga has talked about being raped as a teenager before, but I must have been imagining that because she apparently made the revelation during an interview with Howard Stern this week, and everyone is going crazy. It’s messed up that she was raped, but people seem to be more interested in the fact that her abuser may have been none other than Dr. Luke.

“I wrote a song called ‘Swine.’ The song is about rape. The song is about demoralization. The song is about rage and fury and passion, and I had a lot of pain that I wanted to release. I said to myself, ‘I want to sing this song while I’m ripping hard on a drum kit, and then I want to get on a mechanical bull’—which is probably one of the most demoralizing things that you can put a female on in her underwear—’and I want this chick to throw up on me in front of the world so that I can tell them, you know what? You could never, ever degrade as much as I could degrade myself, and look how beautiful it is when I do.’”

“I went through some horrific things that I’m able to laugh [at] now, because I’ve gone through a lot of mental and physical therapy and emotional therapy to heal over the years. My music’s been wonderful for me. But, you know, I was a shell of my former self at one point. I was not myself. To be fair, I was about 19. I went to Catholic school and then all this crazy stuff happened, and I was going, ‘Oh, is this just the way adults are?’…I was very naïve.”

“You keep alluding to…were you raped by a record producer?” Stern asked.

“I don’t…I don’t want to…” Gaga replied. “Happy times! Let’s talk about happy things!”

Oh, shit. It’s Kesha‘s lawyer, Mark Geragos, that claims Dr. Luke is the record producer behind Gaga’s rape (and of course behind Kesha’s, as well), but both Dr. Luke’s and Gaga’s publicist are trying to clear up that shit storm real quick:

“Mark Geragos’ statement is completely false and defamatory,” a rep for Dr. Luke, whose real name is Lukasz Gottwald, said in a statement obtained by E! News Tuesday. “Luke met Lady Gaga twice for less than half an hour total in those two meetings combined. He has never been alone with her and never touched her. Neither meeting was in that time frame reported.”

Gaga’s publicist tells E! News: “This ridiculous, manufactured link between Lady Gaga and the Kesha-Dr. Luke lawsuit is utterly incomprehensible. This simply isn’t true and how dare someone take advantage of such a sensitive matter.”

“I went through some horrific things that I’m able to laugh [at] now, because I’ve gone through a lot of mental and physical therapy and emotional therapy to heal over the years,” Gaga told Stern this morning. “My music’s been wonderful for me. But, you know, I was a shell of my former self at one point [after the assault]. I was not myself. To be fair, I was about 19. I went to Catholic school and then all this crazy stuff happened, and I was going, ‘Oh, is this just the way adults are?’…I was very naïve.”

Oh man, this is such a mess all around. Was it Dr. Luke? I mean, I wouldn’t be surprised, but who knows. If Gaga doesn’t want us to know, it’s not our business.

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Young celebrities are richer than ever

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Forbes released their annual list of the highest earning celebrities under the age of 30 this week, and perhaps unsurprisingly, they’re mostly all pop stars. They base the list off of their Celebrity 100 list and research they gathered to put that one together, so without further ado, prepare to cry yourself to sleep over your stack of student loans and leftover Thanksgiving food tonight as you realize just how much money these young people have and how much you (we) don’t:

1. Justin Bieber, age 20, $80 million
2. One Direction, average age 21, $75 million
3. Taylor Swift, age 24, $64 million
4. Bruno Mars, age 29, $60 million
5. Rihanna, age 26, $48 million
6. Miley Cyrus, age 21, $36 million
7. Jennifer Lawrence, age 24, $34 million
8. Lady Gaga, age 28, $33 million
9. Avicii, age 25, $28 million
10. Skrillex, age 26, $18 million

Please tell me how on God’s green earth SKRILLEX made $18 million. Like, how is that just? How is it even possible? My mind is blown. Avicii is another surprise. I know people were nuts about ‘Wake Me Up’ and ‘Hey, Brother’… but $28 million worth of crazy? I mean, damn.

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Lady Gaga Answers Fan Questions On Reddit; Avoids Talking About R. Kelly

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Lady Gaga took to Reddit to do an AMA (“Ask Me Anything”). Titling the post, “I am Lady Gaga. AMAA. Let’s go Cheek To Cheek like I did with Tony Bennett on my number one album.” (gag me — or maybe gag-a me), Gaga was thrilled to answer all kinds of questions from her fans…except anything to do with R. Kelly and Terry Richardson.

The way Reddit works is you post something, and depending on how much people love or hate it, they vote the post up or down. The top most voted question in Lady Gaga’s AMA is currently unanswered by Gaga, and it is:

Just wondering why you would want to work with R Kelly who was accused dozens of times for sexual assault, and Terry Richardson who was also accused several times for sexual assault, for your (cancelled) music video, which some have seen as a literal ad for rape?

In the video you say “Will I ever walk again?” and R Kelly as the doctor says “Yes, if you let me do whatever I want with your body,” and “when you wake up you’ll be pregnant”. Then there are scenes with your “unconscious” body when R Kelly and the nurses are all climbing over you.

You say you’re an ambassador for youth, and you run a youth “charity”, so why would you do something like that, knowing millions of young girls worldwide are watching your every move?

Because it’s at the top, it means it’s the question people would most like her to address; Gaga hasn’t typed a single word about it. I’m disappointed, but not surprised. I’d really love to know her answer.

As for what she did answer: questions about her meat dress (it was made by a butcher and held together with “some fishing line”), what her guilty pleasure music is (Garth Brooks), and what her hobbies are (“healing, meditation, and helping to take care of those around me”), as well as cooking.

Woo freakin hoo.

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Lady Gaga says the world is wrong about Israel

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This is a celebrity gossip blog, not a political blog, so I’ll leave my personal opinions somewhat out of this one. You see, Lady Gaga recently visited Israel, which makes her an expert in the world’s political climate and totally qualified to tell us all how wrong we are about the country because it’s nice and she met some nice people there. Uh… okay?

From The Independent:

“Oh it was fantastic!” she coos of her Israeli show. “Tel Aviv was magnificent. The world view of Israel is just not reality. It’s in a beautiful place, the people are in good spirits,” she says, perhaps not a view that would prevail in Gaza. “I had a very emotional show with those fans. It was wonderful.

Here’s the thing: the world view about Israel is based on what the country does on an international scale, not about the individuals you’ve met there who like your music, girl. A lot of people think a lot of shitty things about Americans based on what our country does in the world, but that has little reflection on everyday citizens who want nothing to do with what the government puts into play. Most people with any intelligence know that a lot of Americans are sick and tired of the terrorist witch hunting and the fact that America can’t seem to mind its own business (in fact, it minds anything but). However, that doesn’t mean what people think of America as a COUNTRY is wrong – America is synonymous with war and greed and shit at this point to other countries in the world, so obviously that’s what they’re basing their opinions on. Same goes for Israel. I’m sure there are PLENTY of lovely Israeli people; in fact, I imagine most people in the country are lovely. Politicians and citizens rarely have the same goals.

My one word of advice to Lady Gaga would be to be an entertainer, not a political commentator. To say that those who view Israel in a negative light – especially those who live in the region – are not living in “reality” is ridiculous. It’s THEIR reality, which is far more than the codified version she no doubt experienced in her few days there.

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Lady Gaga stops a fight mid-concert

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Lady Gaga is currently on tour and she recently took The Artrave / The Artpop Ball or whatever the fuck this tour is called over to Antwerp. Apparently people in the crowd had too much to drink or were a little too hype on Tuesday night, because a fight broke out, forcing Mother Monster to play peacemaker, as she does.

The best quote of this video? “Here, we practice love.” LOL… oh, do we? I’m not loving that Rainbow Brite bullshit you have going on (Prism tour redux, to be honest), but whatever. I guess it was nice of Gaga to step in and bring the chill factor back to her concert. Behave yourselves, Belgium!

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Lady Gaga visits Dubai, offends everyone in the process

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Lady Gaga decided to take her tour of terror (and Tony Bennett) over to Dubai and Tel Aviv lately, and while there, she dressed in traditional garb that’s completely wrong for the country she’s in (and also that she has no business wearing anyway, according to some people). First she wore Korean clothes in Japan, and now she’s wearing what appear to me to be Indian clothes in the UAE. Does it ever end with this woman?

I get that this is Gaga’s whole schtick, to dress up like she’s part of other times/cultures/ethnic groups, and whatever. She’s not the first person to do it and she won’t be the last. However, her ignorance about the practice just seems really over-the-top. If you’re going to be a cultural appropriator, shouldn’t you  know what culture you’re actually appropriating?

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Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett are soulmates, it seems

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Admittedly, I don’t really “get” the friendship between Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett. It just seems bizarre. Gaga is crazier than a craphouse rat and Bennett is a classic. Where those two meet in the middle, I’m not sure, but they’ve become absolute best of friends, hanging out together in NYC and recording a jazz album together that’ll be out later this month.

The pair covered the new Parade magazine and were interviewed inside, and while the actual interview is way too long to paste, here are some highlights.

ON HOW CELEBRITY CULTURE HAS CHANGED SINCE TONY BENNETT BECAME A STAR
LG: It’s changed a lot. Celebrity culture now is a culture of humiliation. For young people it’s cool to not care and to be rude and crass. That’s not the way to act…. We’re all being poisoned by what we watch, listen to, read. Everyone’s using the headline that’s going to get them the most clicks. They don’t care about doing the right thing. It’s all about scandal, and selling, and celebrity. When young people finally realize this is happening, there is going to be a revolution. I really hope that this album can be part of that. We say, “You can listen to timeless, beautiful music that’s honest and authentic.”

LADY GAGA ON WHETHER SHE WANTS TO START A FAMILY
LG: I thought I did, because I was feeling kind of finished with all of the chaos of my life. But then I started to spend a lot more time with Tony, and everything just became simpler, more pure, and more perfect. Now I think I’m going to take a lot more time before I have kids and settle down. I just want to sing.

ON WANTING TO GIVE UP
LG: I’m not going to say any names, but people get irrational when it comes to ­money—with how they treat you, with what they expect from you. … But if you help an artist, it doesn’t give you the right, once the artist is big, to take advantage of them. … I was so sad. I couldn’t sleep. I felt dead. And then I spent a lot of time with Tony. He wanted nothing but my friendship and my voice. [She begins to cry.] TB: [quietly] I understand. [He holds her hand.] LG: It meant a lot to me, Tony. I don’t have many people I can relate to.

Okay, so these two are clearly soulmates. It’s weird and I don’t get it, but they seem to really love and vibe off each other, so good for them. Maybe Lady Gaga can stay in the jazz world and out of my eardrums permanently. I think that would work!

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