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Quotables: Elton John Is Worried About Lady Gaga

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“I look at Gaga and I think, ‘How does she do it?’ I talk to her mum and dad about it. They worry. She is frail, and she doesn’t eat when she should do, and she’s a girl, and it’s tougher for a girl. She works really hard. She will be in Denmark one night and Saudi Arabia the next. I know how tiny she is and I do worry about her, yes.”

Elton John discusses his concern for Lady Gaga.

Um, this is sweet and all, and I’m glad that Lady Gaga has people who care about her, but isn’t it a little weird and uncomfortable how Elton talks about her like she’s ten years old? She’s not a frail, tiny girl who needs the adults in her life to keep a close eye on her. She’s a 26-year-old woman who is wildly successful and has managed to take care of herself for a good few years. She’s not like Britney and Lindsay and all the other celebrities who need to be looked after: she’s never had any issues with breaking laws, and she admits to past issues with drugs, but she seems clean now. She’s never had a breakdown, at least not publicly. She’s just an eccentric lady who works too much. That’s it.

Am I overreacting about the weirdness of Elton’s comments, or does he need to hush his mouth with all this patronizing nonsense?

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  • Considering she’s the godmother to his son, they’re obviously close – he’s probably just being well meaning and showing that he cares about her – it’s not a some random celebrity judging another one for some publicity

  • I think Elton simply knows whereof he speaks, and he does know her personally. It’s not as strange or speculative as when Dr. Drew (whom I still happen to adore) comments on celebrities he’s never met or treated. Dunno. I’d love to have Papa Elton watching my back when I forget to eat in Saudi Arabia.

  • I think she looks frail, and I guess he calls her a girl because when you’re 60 anyone under the age of 35 is a girl to you. And yes, it’s tougher for girls/women who are in showbiz. I don’t know, I don’t think it sounds patronising, but rather like someone who worries about her in a very paternal way, because they are very close. But I can see how it could sound patronising.