Lady Gaga Hits the Stage for Emotionally Charged Post-Taylor Kinney Breakup Performance
By Sophie Schillaci
Lady Gaga is back onstage!
Gaga performed a free show for U.S. delegates at the DNC Camden Rising concert in New Jersey on Thursday, also featuring Lenny Kravitz, where she delivered a mix of her own hits and treasured classics. Among the fan-captured highlights was a cover Edith Piaf's "La Vie En Rose," a jazzy take on The Beatles' "Come Together," and stripped-down versions of Gaga's "Bad Romance" and "You & I," which the singer delivered while seated at a piano.
On the latter track, Gaga swapped out a few key lyrics, prompting cheers with the line: "Your lipstick on my American face." Also notably, Gaga tweaked the lyric "Somethin' about my cool Nebraska guy" for an emphatic "Cool Jersey guy," adding, "There's something about you, daddy."
The performance comes amid an emotional time for Gaga, who publicly acknowledged her split from fiance Taylor Kinney earlier this month. Though the "Nebraska" lyric was originally written about a pre-Kinney boyfriend (the Chicago Fire actor hails from Pennsylvania), Gaga met her future fiance on the set of the song's music video. The couple had been engaged since Valentine's Day of last year.
"Taylor and I have always believed we are soulmates. Just like all couples we have ups and downs, and we have been taking a break," Gaga candidly shared on Instagram. "We are both ambitious artists, hoping to work through long-distance and complicated schedules to continue the simple love we have always shared. Please root us on. We're just like everybody else and we really love each other."
The 30-year-old singer has been busy working on her next studio album, which she promised earlier this year would be ready for a 2016 release.
"I am putting out an album this year," Gaga told reporters backstage at the Golden Globe awards in January, where she picked up her first acting award for the role of The Countess in FX's American Horror Story: Hotel. "I won't tell you when, but it is coming out this year."