For a woman who lives her life as a loud, proud electric cyclone of theatrical performance art and avant garde fashion, Lady Gaga has a series of rare quiet moments in her upcoming MTV special, "Lady Gaga: Inside the Outside." In this highly personal, emotional documentary, which airs Thursday, May 26, at 9 p.m. and at 11 p.m. ET/PT on MTV, Lady Gaga opens up about life pre-Gaga, when she was still a precocious, dangerously talented and at times an admittedly "bad kid" named Stefani Germanotta. In some highly personal, almost therapeutically revelatory instances, Gaga discusses the impact of having been bullied as a child, losing herself in classical piano before discovering Bruce Springsteen, her devastation upon being initially dropped her first record label, the solace and support she found in her family at that time, and her father's disapproval.
At a screening yesterday at MTV in New York, director Davi Russo, himself a native New Yorker, referred to truly down-to-earth Gaga, who immediately connected with him when he asked her about New York City:
"There was this amazing moment when she comes waltzing out in this pink majestic outfit with this huge bow on her head," Russo said about his initial meeting with Gaga. "She sits down, and I remember kneeling down next to her... and I said, 'I want to talk to you about New York and your childhood.' She looked at me and said, 'I need to change.' Fifteen minutes later she comes back in this amazing leather jacket that was just total New York City punk rock... I just saw that person transform."
Gaga's leather jacket became both a symbol of her transformation from international pop icon to New York City girl as well as a metaphor for her relationship with New York, which she personifies as her husband. "This is how I get home," Gaga explained. "My leather jacket is like my Dorothy slippers. That's why I changed when we sat down. He [Russo] said, 'I wanna ask you about New York.' I said 'You better get my leather.'"
In her leather jacket, Lady Gaga elaborated: "I wrote so many songs about New York... One in particular, "Marry The Night," that record is about my husband, New York."
Watch Gaga discuss her leather jacket and her marital relationship with New York in this exclusive video clip from her upcoming MTV special, "Lady Gaga: Inside the Outside," and watch director Davi Russo discuss meeting Gaga. Plus, watch more behind-the-scenes videos from Gaga's MTV special, and don't miss the show this Thursday, May 26, at 9 p.m. and at 11 p.m. ET/PT on MTV.