Lady Gaga Gets Real on the Price of Fame: “Success Tests Relationships”

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As Lady Gaga continues to receive many accolades for her work in the movie “A Star is Born,” she recently opened up about the price that stardom has taken on her life away from the cameras.

“Success tests relationships,” she says in the interview with Elle Magazine. “It tests families. It tests your dynamic with your friends. There is a price to stardom. I can’t make music or act without using and accessing the pain that I have in my heart. I mean, what better place to put it? Otherwise, it’s of no good use.”

In the same interview, the actress and music star also reflected on how some of the scenes in the Oscar-worthy movie actually brought up memories of her own life.

“For me, in music and in acting, I’m always pulling from my past experiences, family dynamics, relationships, pain, happiness, joy, the roller coaster ride of my life and how that has kind of created this beautiful disco ball that’s somehow refracted and fractured,” says Lady Gaga, who plays Ally in the film alongside Bradley Cooper.

“The opening moment, where you see him pop some pills, down some booze, hop onstage and just electrify the audience until the last bass note hits, and the limousine door shuts as the cameras are flashing, and it goes to total silence—this is how I feel as a performer. That’s what it feels like when you go onstage, and there are 20,000 people screaming, and you’re singing, and dancing, and performing, and then the show is over, and there is no sound. It’s emotional.”

A Star is Born” is in theaters now.

Tricia Despres
Tricia Despres is a Chicago-based freelance writer covering music and entertainment for nearly twenty years. Her work has appeared in publications such as the Chicago Sun-Times, Advertising Age and various regional publications. A country music fan at her core, Despres has interviewed country greats such as Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood through the years and thrives on telling the story behind the story. When she is not alongside her laptop, she is alongside her family - husband Paul and daughters Taylor and Amanda.

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