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Lady Gaga in TV interview talks about love life, family, fame

Lady Gaga arrives for the 2016 American Music

Lady Gaga arrives for the 2016 American Music Awards, Nov. 20, 2016, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Credit: AFP / Getty Images / Valerie Macon

Eclectic pop star Lady Gaga mused on her love life, on her family and on the privacy costs of fame Sunday in a televised interview.

“I think women love very hard,” the singer, 30, said on “CBS Sunday Morning,” without specifically naming actor-model Taylor Kinney, to whom she became engaged on Valentine’s Day 2015 before breaking up this past summer. “We love men. We just love with everything we have,” she said. “And sometimes I don’t know that that love is met with the type of dignity that we wish it would be met with. You know, we’re not trying to make you less of a man. We just want you to love us as deeply and as wholesomely and as fully as we love you.”

One solace, suggested Gaga, born Stefani Germanotta, is the love of family. “Making your dad happy is, especially for an Italian Catholic girl, I’ll tell you, it feels really good,” she said, referring to her father Joe Germanotta. “And I feel that today. You know, all the awards in the world, you can get into all the nightclubs, they’ll send you the nicest clothes. [But  there is] nothing better than walking into your dad’s restaurant and seeing a smile on his face and knowing that your mom and dad and your sister are real proud of you. And that, you know, you haven’t lost touch with who you are. That, for me, is real success.”

The six-time Grammy Award winner said when she played for her family the title song of her new album, “Joanne,” about her father’s late sister, “My father was very, very emotional. And my grandmother was, too, but she held my hand and she said, ‘I hope, my dear, that you won’t be too maudlin while you’re putting this music into the world.’ What I think she meant by maudlin — it’s an old word — she didn’t want me to have an obsession with the death of my aunt.”

Gaga also spoke about the particular kind of privacy she lacks. “As soon as I go out into the world, I belong, in a way, to everyone else. It’s legal to follow me. It’s legal to stalk me at the beach. I can’t call the police or ask them to leave.” She added, “I miss people. I miss, you know, going anywhere and meeting a random person and saying ‘Hi’ and having a conversation about life.”

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