Lady Gaga graces the latest cover of Rolling Stone wearing little more than a bra constructed from machine guns, her "Alejandro" bob, a thong and her signature heel-less "Bad Romance" shoes in hot pink. In the issue, out Wednesday, Gaga admits that even as the picture of confidence, she sometimes questions herself.
"When I wake up in the morning, I feel just like any other insecure 24-year-old girl," she told Rolling Stone. "Then I say, 'Bitch, you're Lady Gaga, you get up and walk the walk today.' "
Gaga said she has no intention of ever letting fans see her as Stefani Germanotta. "If I were to ever, God forbid, get hurt onstage and my fans were screaming outside of the hospital, waiting for me to come out, I'd come out as Gaga," she said, adding that she hopes to model her persona after Michael Jackson.
"Michael got burned, and he lifted that glittered glove so damn high so his fans could see him, because he was in the art of show business. That's what we do," she said. "I don't even drink water onstage in front of anybody, because I want them to focus on the fantasy of the music."
There are very few details out there about what Gaga's next album will sound like, but she say it's already finished. She's planning to announce the title of the album — due early next year — at midnight on New Year's Eve. "I think I'm gonna get the album title tattooed on me and put out the photo," she said. "I've been working on it for months now, and I feel very strongly that it's finished right now. It came so quickly. Some artists take years; I don't. I write music every day."
Covering such topics as love and celebrity on her previous efforts, this new album will veer more toward the political. "Why are we still talking about 'Don't ask, don't tell'? It's like, what f---ing year is it? It makes me crazy! And I have been for three years baking cakes — and now I'm going to bake a cake that has a bitter jelly. The message of the new music is now more bitter than it was before," she teased. "Because the sweeter the cake, the more bitter the jelly can be."
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