Lady Gaga Says ‘Perfect Illusion’ Is Not About Taylor Kinney
Heartbreak is often reimagined as creative fuel for those among us who find catharsis in exploring upset through an artistic medium. Enter Lady Gaga’s latest single -- the brash, ‘80s-inflected “Perfect Illusion” -- which some fans have interpreted as an obvious dig at her past relationship with ex-fiance Taylor Kinney.
But according to Gaga, "Perfect Illusion" isn't about Kinney, specifically.
“I love Taylor so, so much,” the "Bad Romance" singer told Andy Cohen during a radio show interview on SiriusXM’s Radio Andy earlier today (September 12). "This song is not a hit out against Taylor. He’s my best friend. This song is just about, I’m sure, not only feelings I’ve had but feelings he’s had, that my friends have had, that my sister has in her relationship. It’s a record about all of us, and I would never use my song or want to use the public to hurt anyone that I love so much."
The Artpop singer continued, saying “Perfect Illusion” explores the moment in a relationship when those rose-colored glasses fade to clear, and the stark reality of the situation hits you flat in the face.
“The record is about being so intoxicated with love, so high [and] dilated, falling free in a modern ecstasy that you wake up one day and you can’t believe that it was not real," Gaga continued via US Weekly. "How did that happen? How did I do that? The song is sort of raging against that experience. I think also it’s really hard for people to date today, you know, online and with the way that the world is, you just never really know who you’re meeting, and everybody’s got this perfect illusion of themselves that they’re trying to live up to.”
Listen to a clip from Lady Gaga's interview with Andy Cohen above.
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