January 18, 2017


NFL Denies Banning Lady Gaga From Talking Trump at Super Bowl

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Jun Sato/WireImage

Lady Gaga has been clear about her anti-Donald Trump stance (she's been a strong Hillary Clinton supporter) throughout the previous election and not even the NFL will hold her politics back. The NFL is denying claims that the singer was banned from mentioning the president-elect during her upcoming Super Bowl halftime performance.

Sources previously told Entertainment Tonight that Gaga was not allowed to say anything about the election or Trump, to which the NFL later discredited. “This is unsourced nonsense from people trying to stir up controversy where there is none,” Natalie Ravit, NFL's Senior Vice President of Communications, told CNN. “The Super Bowl is a time when people really come together. Lady Gaga is focused on putting together an amazing show for fans and we love working with her on it; we aren’t going to be distracted by this.”

Despite the conflicting reports, Gaga has not yet hinted at including any sort of political message in her performance. If she does decide to do so, it will follow Beyoncé's Black Panther-inspired halftime stint last year. But the Joanne star has shared some bits of what to expect from the event, with a new behind-the-scenes clip of her background dancers practicing the choreography to her 2009 "Bad Romance" smash.

“This is obviously a humongous platform and this is probably the greatest 12 minutes of our lives,” choreographer Richy Jackson says in the video. “We’re just going to see a humble, appreciative, yet showmanship side of Gaga. We haven’t seen her like this because we haven’t been on a stage like this. It’ll be a new face, a different kind of energy.”

Gaga will take the Super Bowl halftime stage on Feb. 5. Before that, watch an old school Fuse interview with Mother Monster: