Little Monsters everywhere can rejoice over news that Lady Gaga is living up to the temerity of her song lyrics. Despite a rough few weeks, Gaga is still tweeting to followers that she is hanging in there.
On Monday, the pop star uploaded a picture of herself, one in which she looks disheveled, exhausted, and a bit battered — a far cry from the rocking persona and outlandish outfits she sports at most public events. Fans will likely forgive the fashion faux pas, however, as Gaga was tweeting from a hospital bed and recovering from a concussion.
Gaga was hit on the head with a pole Sunday while performing in New Zealand. Despite the seriousness of her condition, the singer remained on stage and performed 16 more songs to close the show out.
E! Online reports that Gaga wrote, “"Thank you so much for all the thoughtful messages….I feel a bit woozy but a little better everyday. Very happy to be in beautiful Australia."
The medical mishap comes on the heels of several other "headaches" for Gaga; last month she was forced to cancel a show in Indonesia amidst religious protests that decried the American singer as “a messenger of the devil.”
As if that weren’t enough, Gaga has also been busy defending herself from the cat-fight-like comments of elder pop star Madonna. While Gaga has publicly named Madonna as a source of inspiration, and Madonna has likewise expressed an accepting flattery of any likeness in their songs, relations between the two appear to have soured.
Gaga’s hit single “Born This Way” seems to have ignited the spark, with many questioning the song’s likeness to Madonna’s 1989 hit “Express Yourself.”
ABC News reports that Gaga claims Madonna’s people sent an email supporting “Born This Way,”” but a representative for Madonna later said she was unaware of any such e-mail.
While Madonna said in an interview with ABC that she has previously found Gaga’s references to her as “amusing” and “well done,” the veteran singer called Gaga’s song “reductive” — or “crude” for a simpler word.
“When I heard it on the radio …I said that sounds very familiar,” Madonna said.
Gaga returned the comment with a less-than subtle speech of her own. E! Online reports that during her New Zealand show last week, she said, “"It sometimes makes people feel better about themselves [to], you know, put other people down or make fun of them or maybe make mockery of their work."
As if to erase any doubts who the comment was directed to, she added, “Things are really different than they were 25 years ago... and that's what makes 'Born This Way' so relevant for me," she said. "We're just socially in a different place and it's OK — we don't have to all slice and hate each other anymore."