Lady Gaga says fame is ‘isolating’ and ‘lonely’ as documentary hits Netflix
Lady Gaga’s new documentary Gaga: Five Foot Two has finally arrived on Netflix, offering an unprecedented look at the life at one of the world’s most successful entertainers.
Emmy-nominated filmmaker Chris Moukarbel (Banksy Does New York) pulls back the curtain to introduce the woman behind the performer, the costumes, the glitz and the glamour.
Off-stage, in the studio, unplugged and at home, audiences get an unguarded glimpse at Gaga through a series of personal highs and lows and the culmination of a year’s emotional journey.
From struggles with relationships to health issues, from finding solace in her inner circle to conquering her insecurities, it navigates the divide between life as a superstar and life as an everyday woman.
Ahead of the release, Gaga posted a heartfelt letter to fans on Twitter revealing her thoughts on the feature. In it, she said she was specifically pleased with how it busts the myth that fame is easy. “I’m most touched that the veil behind the aura of my fame reveals that fame is not all it’s cracked up to be,” she wrote. “It’s lonely, it is isolating and it is very psychologically challenging because fame changes the way you’re viewed by people.”
She continued, “For me, it feels very unnatural, but complicated because I know it is my destiny to be a performer. Yet, I am so humbled by the side of fame that breeds love from the world, the voice I’ve been given by man fans to spread messages of empowerment and equality, the fortunate life it’s brought to me and my family and how we can now give to others in need.”
One of the most promoted aspects of the documentary was her feud with Madonna.
Gaga has always been compared to Madonna and has always admired her despite the fact of what Madonna may think of her.
“I’m Italian and from New York,” Lady Gaga says, “so if I got a problem with somebody, I’m gonna tell you to your face. But no matter how much respect I have for [Madonna] as a performer, I could never wrap my head around the fact that she wouldn’t look me in the eye and tell me that I was reductive… I saw it on fucking TV. Telling me that you think I’m a piece of shit through the media, it’s like a guy passing me a note through his friend: ‘my buddy thinks you’re hot.’ Fuck you. Where’s your buddy fucking throwing me up against the wall and kissing me? I just want Madonna to throw me up against the wall and kiss me and tell me I’m a piece of shit.”
Watch the trailer for Five Foot Two below.