September 12, 2016


Lady Gaga: 'Perfect Illusion' Isn't About Ex-Fiancé Taylor Kinney

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Lady Gaga's new song "Perfect Illusion" is all about being so deeply in love that you forget the full picture of a relationship. And with the recent split of Gaga and ex-fiancé Taylor Kinney, a lot of listeners are tying her personal life into the meaning of the song.

However, when Gaga visited SiriusXM on Monday, she dispeled all the rumors of the Mark Ronson, Bloodpop and Kevin Parker-produced LG5 jam being about Kinney.

In the song, Gaga sings "It wasn't love, it wasn't love / It was a perfect illusion." Fans thought that lyrical tidbit might allude to Gaga and Kinney's relationship, which ended in July when Mother Monster revealed that she and the Chicago Fire actor were taking a break for the first time in five years:

“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, I’m sure, not only feelings I’ve had but feelings he’s had, that my friends have had, that my sister has in her relationship. It’s a record about all of us, and I would never use my song or want to use the public to hurt anyone that I love so much. ... We’re just two people figuring it out.”

“The record is about being so intoxicated with love, so high [and] 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? The song is sort of raging against that experience. I think also it’s really hard for people to date today, you know, online and with the way that the world is, you just never really know who you’re meeting, and everybody’s got this perfect illusion of themselves that they’re trying to live up to.”

Watch our throwback interview with Lady Gaga below: