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Wearing a black mask, barely there black boy shorts, knee-high lace-up leather boots, a black jacket over a black rubber bra, and another of her Morticia Addams-style black and blonde wigs, Gaga clearly put the late-night legend on edge with her odd behavior. She began by reaching out and complimenting his orange tie while stroking it, prompting the unflappable Letterman to quip, "Why stop?"
But Dave, who is used to being provoked by everyone from Madonna to Joaquin Phoenix and Courtney Love, took it all in stride and asked Mother Monster to explain why she came out wearing a mask. "You have a mask on. Does this represent something or we don't care what this represents?" he asked her.
"I'm Batman," Gaga shot back, humming a bit of the Dark Knight's old-school TV theme. "What are you wearing, I mean, what aren't you wearing, I mean it's great, don't get me wrong," he stammered when asking about her revealing get-up. Gaga explained that she only liked the jacket, so that's the part she chose to wear. "You and I are very different in that way," Letterman responded. "I have never thought to myself, 'I'm just going to wear my underpants.' "
"Why not, I'm sure you'd look nice," Gaga said, taking off her mask. "You'd be surprised," she added, to which he cracked, "Yes, I'd be very surprised ... and you'd be surprised also ... and so would the local authorities."
Later in the interview, Gaga claimed that she found the outfit in the garbage on her way into the studio.
The pair continued their friendly banter, talking about Gaga's days as a bad waitress (she flirted too much with guys who were on dates), which progressed to Gaga shamelessly flirting with the host while trying to avoid answering a question about whether she currently has a boyfriend. She revealed that she spent the previous night chatting with fans on Twitter and drinking a bottle of wine to celebrate the midnight release of the album.
When conversation turned to Gaga's famous egg, which she busted out of again on "Saturday Night Live" this past weekend, she wondered what it would be like to get the funnyman in one of her oval creations. "I don't think I'd fit," Letterman demurred. "Maybe we could get in together," she replied. "You could be the yolk."
The infamous egg, which made its debut in February at the Grammys, is a spiritual place, the singer said. "How much time do you spend in it? Is it tough to get insurance?" Letterman wondered.
"Well, no, because for me, it's a place where I can meditate and experience rebirth," Gaga explained. "So I just get inside of it and close it and then when I feel that I have been reborn spiritually, I just, woo, come out."
In keeping with the regeneration theme of the album, when asked how long this rebirthing process takes, Gaga said, "It depends. ... I just really believe that you can be reborn over and over and over again until you find that part of you that is the best you that you can be, so I encourage everyone to be that way. I wonder what would happen if I put you in an egg?"
After a series of inane questions, including one about whether it's true she relaxes by fly fishing and whether it's true she once ate a Barbie doll's head during a concert (actually, she said, it happens "all the time"), Gaga grabbed Letterman's sheet of notes and ripped it up. "I'm just so fed up with all of this," she grumped before handing back on half of the sheet and stuffing the other in her mouth to chew up.
Don't miss MTV News' hour-long, exclusive interview "Lady Gaga: Inside The Outside" airing Thursday, May 26, at 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET/PT on MTV.