On '60 Minutes,' Lady Gaga greets Anderson Cooper in her underwear, says she 'smokes pot' while writing songs, and is 'a master of the art of fame'


Lady Gaga’s 60 Minutes interview with Anderson Cooper was a delightful segment in which the singer-songwriter-performance-artist proclaimed, “I art-direct every moment of my life.” She claimed to be “honest all the time,” and said, “I smoke a lot of pot when I write [music] and drink whiskey… and I’m not gonna sugar-coat it for 60 Minutes… I drink a lot of whiskey and I smoke a lot of weed when I write.” (Cooper prefaced the interview by saying that “her comments about drugs may concern some parents.”)

Gaga’s self-awareness, along with her catchy tunes, makes her an interesting case of 21st century fame-plus-talent. She greeted Cooper during one of their numerous interview sessions in her underwear, carrying what looked like a hand-saw covered in tin foil. “I just didn’t want to wear any clothes today,” she said, as Cooper giggled and goggled. Of her fans, she said, “If I am open with them about everything, and yet I art-direct every moment of my life, I can retain a sort of privacy; I maintain a certain soulfulness.”

As a lead-up to The Grammys, the 60 Minutes interview presented a portrait of a performer who labeled herself a student of “the sociology of fame” seeking to inspire: “Let go of all your insecurities!” she exhorted a crowd, even as she told Cooper, “I’m still very insecure in very many ways.”

She also knows the narrative of contemporary stardom: “Everybody wants to see the decay of the superstar… what’s she going to look like when she [falls], when she overdoses.” She added, “I’m not a vomit-in-the-club kind of girl.”

“Isn’t that the age that we live in, that we want to see people who have it all, lose it all? It’s a movie.”

Coyly allowing the 60 Minutes segment to play only a snippet from her new single “Born This Way,” Gaga came across smart, funny, and shrewd.

What did you think?

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  • DRS

    EW is well on it’s way to becoming Lady Ca Ca’s own personal PR rag. What a shame that the 60 Minutes has to go into the gutter too.

    • DRM

      And yet, the best you can come up with is “Lady Ca Ca”. Sad.

      • LOL

        Republicans fear anything different. Gaga scares the GOP.

      • Tim

        LOL….shut up stupid

      • Mellissa

        @LOL, I’m a democrat, I can’t stand Lady Gaga, and not because she scares me.

    • mydove

      Lady Ca Ca. Loved it.

      • SaraJ

        Stupid.

    • Jonathan

      Lol if you’re gonna make fun of a woman as creative and artistic as her, I suggest you come up with a better name. It’s not funny and it sounds stupid.

      • SLB

        Actually it is pretty funny. I really want to like her. But she tries too hard to be a weirdo and her costumes are just idiotic. Takes away enormously from the talent.

      • Mellissa

        I agree with SLB. I can’t even tell if there’s talent because all I see is a woman in an egg. Or wrapped in meat.

      • ALM

        I’m with SLB and Mellissa. And while I’ll agree that there’s the possibility of being creative and artistic, the new song is a blatant rip-off of “Express Yourself”.

    • Donknottz

      Lady, GOGO Away….

    • Becky

      Lady Ca CA, that is great!

    • susan

      Lazy Ca-Ca is just an already-tired Madonna rip-off who hasn’t done anything creative except hire a really good PR guy and stylist.

    • JonG

      Lada Ca Ca, a constant reminder that marketing almost always trumps talent-at least in the short term.

  • Ann

    I begrudgingly liked Gaga despite her antics because she was talented and insisted on performing live which has become increasingly rare. But it has gotten out of control between her egomania about her new song being the anthem of a generation and these weird appearances. Showing up to an interview in your undies isn’t artistic!

    • Jonathan

      I find her to be the most understood artist out there. If you actually read and listened to the interviews, you’d know that she’s not an “attention-wh**re”.

      Her interview with Vogue: Does she sometimes feel misunderstood? At first she says no but then retracts it. “Well, yes, actually,” she says. “There is this assumption that women in music and pop culture are supposed to act a certain way, and because I’m just sort of middle fingers up, a-blazing, doing what my artistic vision tells me to do, that is what is misunderstood. People are like, ‘She dresses this way for attention.’ Or like, ‘Ugh, the meat dress.’ ” She rolls her eyes. “People just want to figure it out or explain it. The truth is, the mystery and the magic is my art. That is what I am good at. You are fascinated with precisely the thing that you are trying to analyze and undo.”

      She’s just doing what she wants to do.

      • J

        Exactly how is that different from someone like Taylor Momsom (sp?, the girl from Gossip Girl who insists on running around without pants in public). Going out in public dressed inappropriately isn’t artistic or mysterious, it’s just trashy. She’s doing exactly what other women in pop culture do but instead of a small amounts of clothing made out of her leather, hers are made out of cold cuts.

      • L

        I’m not really sure how going to a runway show and picking out the strangest outfit from the collection to wear to an awards ceremony qualifies as art. Sure, wearing a dress made of meat is a little daring as it makes the chances of getting eaten alive by wild dogs go up significantly, but it doesn’t really qualify as art.

      • Jeremy

        Actually, a dress made of meat is art…how could it not be? It totally is an artistic statement. And she had a message and meaning behind it. And, like art, it (and her) are causing discussion and attention into the meanings…but it all effects a person differently on interpretation. That IS art. Why wear a crazy outfit?…why NOT wear a crazy outfit?
        @Jonathan Wasting your breath-some people just can’t/won’t understand it. And that’s better that way. That’s Gaga.

      • Pandora

        @L I think you’re missing the point, it’s not your artistic vision…. it’s hers. Nobody views art the same, one person may question why a sculpture is really art when it’s just a bunch of things thrown together. This is her art and we either get it or we don’t.

  • Tibby

    Loved it. I found it to be a very entertaining segment and thought she came across as very much in control of her life and everything she does ~ which might explain why we DONT see her vomiting in a club because if she did go out dressed as an everyday person, she could go unnoticed. LOVE GAGA!!!!

  • Jeff from Jersey; yes New Jersey

    Based on the comments reported in this column, my reaction is the following: *Here we go.*

  • MWeyer

    To quote “The Dish”‘s Danielle Fishel: “We see you, Stefani Germanatto. We SEE you.”

    • KCB

      Ha! Topanga! Awesome!

  • Lisa

    What do I think? Since you asked, I think she is over-rated, arrogant, self-obsessed/absorbed, phony, artificial, and completely derivative. And her new song, Born This Way, is a direct rip-off of Madonna’s classic, Express Yourself.

    • LMNOP

      I agree, but I don’t think Gaga did it intentionally. She’s a huge Madonna fan herself. My guess is it was done subconsciously, especially since she wrote the song in 10 minutes (so she says).

    • Jon

      lol are you a Britney fan?

  • lol

    Ughh shes ugly….No wonder she puts on a shot load of makeup.LOL

    • Jeremy

      And she has to be…’pretty’ ‘hot’ ‘attractive’ to be talented and in the public eye?…wow, ‘lol,’…how nice of you.

  • PJ

    So annoying. The whole “I didn’t feel like wearing clothes today.” REALLY? The day you’re interviewed by Anderson Cooper for 60 Minutes, you don’t feel like wearing clothes? Shut up, freak.

    • dean

      She wants attention…..

      • jdawg

        YES! she wants attention. She made that very clear. And you paid attention.

    • mae

      i honestly don’t know how he kept a straight face during that interview.

    • Kerrie

      i totally would not feel like wearing clothes either if i was being interviewed by anderson cooper

  • LMNOP

    How do you think the vast majority of the Beatles’ music was written? While they were on drugs. Gaga’s only being honest, like it or not.

    I don’t like her antics, but I like her music. She’s got talent. And no, she’s not attractive. Why do you think she wears all the makeup & costumes? To distract from her looks while you’re listening to the music.

    For my teens, I’ll take Gaga over Kesha any day. (“Brush my teeth with a bottle of Jack”???? Really??)

    • K

      I appreciate the honesty, but I hate the fact that she smokes pot. Yes, a lot of people do it, but I don’t like it. :/ Otherwise, the interview was an informative one…

    • Enough!!

      Forty years later the culture has elevated the Beatles to icons and their music to classic. They never made any bones about the source of their inspiration or their mental state when they were composing and recording. If in forty years anyone even remembers who the hell Lady Gaga WAS, or can remember the words to ANY of this pop tweenie tripe, I’ll roll over for ya!

  • SaraJ

    I am a big fan, but when was this interview given, and when will it air? It’s not airing tonight.. so Monday?
    She looks really bloated in this picture. Maybe from when she was on tour and drinking too much.

    • Allison

      It did actually air tonight, before the Grammys, at least on the East Coast.

  • Mike Vee

    she’s likeable, open and honest. she got past the bullying from her school mates – bravo for her. and she ‘mostly’ sends a positive message for young people to feel good about themselves. i personally don’t smoke or drink.
    it’s too bad people are nasty about her looks, she’s a lovely person.

  • Justin K

    She’s been so outlandish and strange that she is going to become overrated because she’s not going to be able to top herself. (no pun intended)

    • tjawdat

      haters! wow, really? some of your negative comments are just shocking. don’t hate! there’s enough of that in the world already.

      Lady Gaga is an icon. she is amazing in how she relates to her fans on a personal level. no matter what age you are, people love Gaga. she IS real. it has been a very long time since someone even remotely similar to Gaga has come along. i am thankful to her for writing the inspiring songs, being truthful about everything and not being afraid to be in the public eye. she has absolutely mastered the art of fame like no other!

      • Mellissa

        No matter what age you are, people still dislike her as well. It’s just the way the world works.

  • Roddy

    Gaga say – Sa Da Tay. Seriously, it ain’t come one, but it’s many tine tanies, if that’s your style.

    • Rachel Berry

      What?

  • Hardy Har Har

    It isn’t that I want to see a celebrity fail or die or whatever. It is the way she depicts herself as this honest and up front person, full of originality and piss and whiskey, well in her case weed. It’s that she is narcissistic and boasts about doing drugs, yet she clones other artists and the legal authorities don’t look into one who freely admits to doing blow and pot. I’m not saying be a role model, but what are you saying to the many who look up to you? Do drugs for inspirational thoughts? Wow Lady Gaga, you are so lights years ahead of all who’ve gone before you…

  • TJ. Church

    How does she look “smart” @ all? In the interview, she claimed that she was covered in blood & hanging during a performance because “everybody wants to see the decay”… So she is honest about faking it. That’s #1 clue she’s an idiot.

    • Jon

      what are you talking about? faking what?

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