Lady Gaga responds to David Bowie’s son’s criticism of her: ‘It hurt’

She performed a tribute to the Thin White Duke at this year's GRAMMYs

Lady Gaga has spoken out in response to David Bowie‘s son Duncan Jones’ criticism of her GRAMMYs performance, revealing that ‘it hurt’.

The ‘Joanne’ and ‘Perfect Illusion’ star performed a tribute performance in honour of Bowie at this year’s GRAMMY Awards. Joined by Nile Rodgers, she ran through a medley of hits by the Thin White Duke – before his son, acclaimed director Duncan Jones, slammed it as ‘overexcited, irrational and mentally confused’.


Speaking to NME for this week’s cover story, Gaga said “I don’t know why people compare me to David Bowie, because there will never be another David Bowie and I don’t think anyone is comparable to him.

“Maybe because I stole his lightning bolt for my first video, but it was an homage to my greatest inspiration. I don’t know, it makes me uncomfortable, I should say – I just want to be me.”

Revealing that the GRAMMYs performance was ‘devastating’ and ‘extremely difficult, she continued: “I really did not want to do it when they first called me because it was so soon after and I felt very uncomfortable.

“I did my very best to put together something that I hoped would be the showstopper of the night. All I wanted was for when the Grammys were over, for people to talk of nothing but David Bowie, and I think I achieved that.”

Responding to Duncan Jones’ Tweet, she told us: “It did hurt. But what are you going to do? I can’t… it’s his father, you know. Whatever he was feeling in that moment I have compassion and love for him. But yes, of course it hurt. I still have to trust and believe in myself as a Bowie fan. I’m not his family, and the thing is, that’s his father. His father is not David Bowie, his father is David Jones.

“I’m sure that was difficult to watch and of course, I called many people on David’s team before I even begun doing that project and it’s unfortunate, what can I say? But God bless of him, you know?”


Speaking of her genuine and enduring love for Bowie, Gaga added: “I do want my David Bowie fans in the world that are reading, there was a bona fide group of Bowie kids that adore and love him working on that tribute together, and so much of what we did in that medley was imagery and movement and choreography that was from him exactly.

“This was, like, when I was growing up in New York, about 18, I ran into the Bowie crew of kids downtown and we’re all still very very close friends. Kids that walked and talked, were obsessed with Bowie. Lady Starlight had the Ziggy haircut for I don’t know how long. This was made from a place of real and genuine love and that’s all I can really say about it. Real, genuine love and adoration for the Blackstar.”

‘Joanne’ by Lady Gaga is out now.

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