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Lady Gaga’s “Perfect Illusion” Is Not About Taylor Kinney

Lady Gaga is setting the record straight about the meaning behind “Perfect Illusion.”


Lady Gaga is setting the record straight about the meaning behind “Perfect Illusion.”

Gaga sat down with Bravo host Andy Cohen on Sirius XM to open up about her music, including whether she plans to craft a “Telephone” continuation with Beyonce, the tentative album release date, if she’s teaming up with Madonna on a secret project, ARTPOP not connecting with the general public and debunked the rumor “Perfect Illusion” is a hit against ex-fiance Taylor Kinney.

“‘Perfect Illusion’ is about a lot of different people in my life, a lot of different things,” she told Cohen. “I wrote this song with Kevin Parker from Tame Impala, and BloodPop, and Mark Ronson. The record is about being so intoxicated with love, so high dilated, falling free in a modern ecstasy that you wake up one day and you can’t believe that it was not real. ‘How did that happen? How did I do that?’ And the song is raging against that experience. And I think also it’s really hard for people to date today.”

She added: “I love Taylor so so much. This song is not a hit-out against Taylor. He’s my best friend. This song is just about not only feelings that I’ve had, but that he’s had, that my friends have had, my sister has in her relationship. It’s a record about all of us. I would never use my song or want to use the public to hurt anyone that I love so much.”

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