Lady Gaga, the iconic superstar and LGBTQ/anti-bullying/anti-harassment advocate, has been named Billboard’s Woman Of The Year for 2015. What makes this choice so interesting is that Lady Gaga revealed in the interview how she almost quit the music industry entirely.
— billboard (@billboard) December 3, 2015
The moment Lady Gaga almost stepped out of the industry was exactly a year ago. Her latest album at the time, Artpop did not perform as well as her previous albums, and she was unexpectedly producing jazz music with Tony Bennett, too.
Lady Gaga told Billboard, “My stylist asked, ‘Do you even want to be a pop star anymore?’ I looked at him and I go, ‘You know, if I could just stop this train right now, today, I would. I just can’t. [But] I need to get off now because I’m going to die.'”
In what seemed like such a low and sure defeat, she found some security and faced a comeback.
“When you’re going so fast you don’t feel safe anymore, you feel like you’re being slapped around and you can’t think straight. But then I felt hands lifting me. It was like everybody came together to try and put a star back in the sky, and they weren’t going to let me down.”
She also talks about how she wants to change the way women are perceived in their 30s.
“Why is it that we’re disposing of people once they pass that mark? It’s suddenly, ‘You’re an old woman.’ I’m not f– king old. I’m more sexual and powerful and intelligent and on my shit than I’ve ever been. I’ve come a long way through a lot of heartache and pain, but none of it made me damaged goods. It made me a fighter. I want to show women they don’t need to try to keep up with the 19-year-olds and the 21-year-olds in order to have a hit. Women in music, they feel like they need to f– king sell everything to be a star. It’s so sad. I want to explode as I go into my thirties.”
If Lady Gaga wants to explode into her thirties, she will. This is one of the many reasons why she deserves the title of Billboard’s Woman Of The Year. This is especially powerful since she admits this is the year she finally started doing music for herself, inside of producing music the industry told her she needed to do.
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) December 3, 2015
“It speaks volumes to me that I’m being recognized as Woman of the Year in 2015. This is the year I did what I wanted instead of trying to keep up with what I thought everyone else wanted from me.”
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