Lady Gaga Says Kanye West Is 'A Good Person'

'I think it's important to stand by your friends,' pop princess says about West's behavior at last month's VMAs.

[artist id="3061469"]Lady Gaga[/artist] may not be hitting the road with [artist id="1230523"]Kanye West[/artist] anytime soon, but that doesn't mean she isn't standing by her friend and would-be tourmate. In fact, Gaga has been one of the few people to defend West over his VMA outburst. According to her, everyone makes mistakes.

"It's true the tour is canceled. He's going to take a break, but the good news is I am not," she told Hoda Kotb at the Billboard Women in Music event on Friday, where she received the Rising Star award.

"Everyone makes mistakes and it's important to forgive one another," she said about West and his VMA tirade during Taylor Swift's acceptance speech. "And it was certainly unfortunate, but he is a good person and I think it's important to stand by your friends."

Over the weekend, Gaga tweeted that she'll be announcing details shortly about her own tour. "Still leaving on solo TOUR this nov. Announcing next week," she wrote. "Leaked next single ['Bad Romance'] is makin my ears bleed. Wait till you hear the real version ;)." Later, she tweeted details about the metallic contraption she wore on "Saturday Night Live" on October 3: "Tonight in the spirit of fashion week, Haus of gaga premieres fashion installation 'the orbit' By: Haus of gaga in collab w Nasir Mahzar."

Much like West and his relationship with his mom, Gaga told Kotb she credits her parents for supporting her artistic endeavors as a teen. In fact, her parents were so supportive, they helped her get gigs back in the days before she had created the Lady Gaga persona. "I know that I do talk about ambition and fearlessness, but at the very, kind of, simple heart of it, I'm an Italian girl from New York who really wants to make her mom and dad proud," she said.

Perhaps referencing a recent video posted online that shows Gaga playing at the Bitter End in New York City in 2006 under her given name, Stefani Germanotta, she talked about how her mom would take her to clubs and convince them to let her perform.

"I wasn't always Gaga. Actually, when I was Stefani, making music in New York, I was playing at the Bitter End when I was 16 years old. My mom used to take me in and say, 'My daughter's too young to be in here, but she is a songwriter and she is very good,' " Gaga explained. "And I would just go. ... I never stopped."