Lady Gaga Addresses Rumors Beyonce Might Join Her Super Bowl Halftime Performance
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Beyoncé taking the Super Bowl stage for the third time in her hometown of Houston, Texas, would certainly be fitting, but don't be so sure Lady Gaga will "Telephone" her friend for the show.
Lady Gaga answered questions about her upcoming halftime performance during a pre-Super Bowl press conference on Thursday, where she addressed fans who may have given a recent Instagram she shared a little too much thought.
"Oh boy, do you guys read into everything," the 30-year-old pop star told ET's Kevin Frazier at the press conference. "You know what, I wouldn't read into it, no."
Whether that shuts the door entirely on a Queen Bey cameo is unclear, but given Gaga's tendency to go big, anything can be expected from the extravagant songwriter.
Gaga did reveal that she had been with Beyoncé before a previous Super Bowl performance by the "Formation" singer, and is taking some cues from her fellow GRAMMY winner for how to put on a memorable halftime show.
"I was actually with her the last halftime show that she did," Gaga said. "And she always is very inspiring and gives great advice. She’s a very focused and genuine performer ... I'm grateful to have wonderful women in this business that are supportive of me."
And yes, like the rest of the universe, Gaga has heard the big twins announcement, revealing, "I have sent her flowers since I heard her amazing news!"
Meanwhile, Gaga continues to remain relatively tight-lipped on what we can expect from her come Sunday.
"We went through my whole career, and chose songs both the football fans and the people that are just tuning on for the halftime show will enjoy," Gaga teased. "I don't wanna give away also how many costume changes I'll be doing ...
We will be doing some very interesting and exciting stuff during the show, and I'm excited for you to see it."
"I will say it's a tremendously athletic show, and it's something we really talked about when creating the halftime experience," she said. "I mentioned that I thought it was important for us to consider, you know, high adrenaline."
As for the previous reports that she was encouraged to stray away from political messaging during the show, Gaga said that the main message of the performance will be one thing: unity.
"Well, I don't know if I'll succeed in unifying America. You'll have to ask America when it's over," she said. "But the only statements that I’ll be making during the halftime show are the ones that I’ve been consistently making throughout my career. I believe in a passion for inclusion; I believe in the spirit of equality, and the spirit of this country -- one of love, and compassion and kindness. My performance will uphold those philosophies."
"Music is one of the most powerful tings the world has to offer, no matter one's race or religion, or nationality, sexual orientation, gender that you are, it has the power to unite us," she added. "So this performance is for everyone. I want to more than anything create a moment that everybody watching will never forget. Not for me, but for themselves. That's what I remember about great Super Bowl performances in the past: when you really get lost watching with your family."
Given her lofty hopes for the show, Gaga has chosen a pretty fitting source of inspiration -- the late, great King of Pop.
"Watching Michael Jackson doing the halftime show is one of the fondest memories I have," she remembered. "He encapsulates everything that you love about a great performer. You watch him go on stage, and you can see that he's getting his head in the zone, and he's having a true defining moment of what it must feel like to be a champion."