Friday, October 19The Voice of London

Mother Monster Returns

After dropping hints that she may be quitting music for good, Lady Gaga has returned to show us just how far she’s come from her Poker Face days.

Words: Natasha Bandlish, Subeditor: Aminah Mughal, Alice Marshall

2015 has been quite a year in the life of Gaga. It was a scary moment for all Little Monsters when the Born This Way hit-maker hinted at quitting music for good. The 29 year-old global superstar took to the floor at Yale University in October to talk about how becoming a ‘money making machine’ in the music industry had made her reconsider her future in it at all.

”I feel sad when I’m overworked’ she said, adding that what made her feel worse was “that my passion and my creativity take a back seat.” Talking about how she had begun to say no to lots of things, from days of promotional picture-taking to potentially valuable sponsorships, she explained to her audience “It feels shallow to my existence, I have a lot more to offer than my image.”

Thankfully Mother Monster decided against quitting the industry for good, instead taking some time out to plan her wedding to actor Taylor Kinney, 34, and to concentrate on her other passions – namely acting. Having just been nominated for a Golden Globe for her role in gothic series American Horror Story: Hotel, you can almost hear the sighs of relief of Little Monsters everywhere.

Gaga herself shared the news of her nomination on Twitter, later releasing a formal statement to Entertainment Weekly: “I am too excited for words at this recognition for my work! I dreamed endlessly of being in television & film. This is a real honor for a waitress/singer/actress from New York!”

Amidst all the success that she is enjoying for her acting roles, the six time Grammy award winner recently shed some light on the sexual assault she faced as a teenager. Her experience inspired her latest Grammy nominated single Til It Happens To You, a musical tribute to victims of sexual assault that was featured on The Hunting Ground, a documentary on campus rape.

Whilst speaking on a panel last week, she told the other panelists “because of the way that I dress, and the way that I’m provocative as a person, I thought that I had brought it on myself in some way, that it was my fault.” She also highlighted the physical trauma and after effects that rape and sexual assault victims face, an aspect that is too often overlooked by people. ”When you go through a trauma like that, it doesn’t just have the immediate physical ramifications on you,” She said. “When you re-experience it through the years, it can trigger patterns in your body of physical distress. A lot of people suffer from not only mental and emotional pain, but also physical pain of being abused, raped, or traumatised in some type of way.”

It’s clear that this year was a year of change for Lady Gaga, one that allowed us a little more insight into the woman behind the infamous meat dress and the raunchy music videos. Her honesty about everything from her experiences in the music industry to her sexual assault, and her want to help and inspire others makes it a tad less surprising that she has also been honoured as one of Billboard’s Women of The Year for 2015, which airs on December 18th.

What’s next in store? She’s full of surprises. Here’s to another Gaga year!