Lady Gaga addresses her drama with Madonna in her in-depth documentary “Gaga: Five Foot Two”.
The new Netflix documentary, which will be available Sept. 22 on the streaming service, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on Friday. The movie dives deep behind the scenes of Gaga’s fifth studio album “Joanne” and her halftime performance at this year’s Super Bowl.
Gaga, 31, also opens up about her issues with fellow superstar Madonna, insisting she “admired her always… And I still admire her, no matter what she might think of me.”
Trouble between the artists started in 2012 after the release of Gaga’s “Born This Way”. Some criticized the song for sounding too similar to Madonna’s “Express Yourself” and Madonna did just that, calling Gaga’s effort “reductive.”
“She wouldn’t look me in the eye and tell me that I was reductive or whatever,” Lady Gaga says. “Telling me you think I’m a piece of s**t through the media? It’s like a guy passing me a note through his friend.”
Adding how, “I just want Madonna to push me up against the wall and kiss me and tell me I’m a piece of s**t.”
This isn’t the first time the artists have taken verbal swings at each other since 2012. Madonna told Rolling Stone in 2015, “The only time I ever criticized Lady Gaga was when I felt like she blatantly ripped off one of my songs,” she said. “It’s got nothing to do with ‘she’s taking my crown’ or ‘she’s in some space of mine.’ She has her thing. I do think she’s a very talented singer and songwriter. It was just that one issue.”
In a 2016 interview with Zane Lowe, Gaga brushed off comparisons between her and Madonna. “I don’t mean to disrespect Madonna… she’s a nice lady. And she’s had a fantastic, huge career,” she said at the time. “She’s the biggest pop star of all time. But I play a lot of instruments. I write all my own music. I spend hours and hours a day in the studio. I’m a producer. I’m a writer. What I do is different.”
Watch a teaser for “Gaga: Five Foot Two” below.