"It's sort of the elephant in the room."
You can say that again, Lady Gaga!
"'Perfect Illusion,' 'Is it about Taylor?' is what everyone's wondering," the pop star acknowledged on Monday in an interview on SiriusXM's Radio Andy with Andy Cohen, referencing her seemingly complicated relationship with former fiancé Taylor Kinney.
"I love Taylor so, so much and this song is not a hit out against Taylor. He's my best friend," she explained. "This song is just about, I'm sure not only feelings that I’ve had but that he's had, that my friends have had, that my sister has in her relationship. It’s a record about all of us, you know? And I would never use my song or want to use the public to hurt anyone that I love so much."
The 30-year-old singer confirmed in July that she and Kinney had called off their engagement, but left the door open to rekindle the relationship in the future. On Monday, Gaga rebuked Cohen's question about whether the pair had "beautifully consciously uncoupled."
"I don't know if I would even say it that way," she said. "I don't think we've un- anything. We're just two people figuring it out."
In a separate interview with Elvis Duran and The Morning Show on New York's Z100, Gaga offered a lengthy analysis of her new single as it relates to her own superstardom.
"With 'Perfect Illusion,' I think some of the way you can understand how it feels maybe to be me trying to be human and also being a star, it's so weird to say that, is that I am a perfect illusion to so many people. The truth is that it's very hard for me to have a human connection with others that I don't know because they feel that they’re looking at an image that somehow belongs to the world," she told Duran.
"So what I’ve been doing for the past few years, is figuring out how can I make a record that connects to people on a human level who maybe think that there’s no way that I could ever relate to something that Lady Gaga feels about life or what she goes through or what her day is like," she continued, acknowledging that much of her formerly over-the-top stage persona was her own doing. "You know, 'She's a pop alien' or whatever people think I am! What I found making the record and what I think 'Perfect Illusion' is also about is kind of saying, 'You know what, I still feel the blow, but at least now I know it wasn't love, it was a perfect illusion.'"
Gaga told Duran that her next full-length album will be released "really soon" and spilled new details on her collaborations with Beck and Florence Welch.
"Florence and I, when we were working together, we cried, we laughed, we hugged each other," she said, revealing the title of their duet as "Hey Girl."
"The lyrics in the beginning of it, I say, 'Hey girl, can you hear me? Are you holding out your heart?' and then she sings to me, 'Hey girl, do you feel me? Sometimes I go too far.' And I say, 'Hey girl, it ain't easy, I know it’s pulling me apart. Hey girl, don't you leave me. Hey girl, don't you leave me. Hey girl, hey girl, we can make it easy if we love each other. We don't need to keep on one-ing up another,'" she continued. "I don’t think that you can write a song with lyrics that really capture the relationship with two people unless you have a real human connection."
Outside of the recording studio, Gaga is gearing up for the premiere of American Horror Story ("It's a different character. I'm not in the entire season but she’s something else!" she teased), and her first big screen-starring role in Bradley Cooper's A Star Is Born remake. In addition to acting, Gaga will also serve as executive producer of the film's soundtrack.
"The story of A Star Is Born, which is a very classic story, really is kind of hinged upon, I think, actors and directors and songwriters that understand what it is to live a life in music and in show business," she said. "It’s this amazing experience, it’s soul searching, it’s fun and I’m going to learn a lot. I really want to become a better actress, so who better to do that with than with Bradley?"