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Lady Gaga: Alexander McQueen is Working Through Me

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Terry Richardson for Harper’s Bazaar

Alexander McQueen’s untimely death last year shocked the fashion world, and while Lady Gaga mourned alongside the designers and artists he touched, she believes his passing came with a purpose. “I think he planned the whole thing: Right after he died, I wrote ‘Born This Way,'” the singer explains in the May issue of
Harper’s Bazaar
. “I think he’s up in heaven with fashion strings in his hands, marionetting away, planning this whole thing.” In fact, in a twist of fate, Gaga’s record label moved the release date of “Born This Way,” dropping it on the one-year anniversary of McQueen’s death. “When I heard that, I knew he planned the whole damn thing,” she continues. “I didn’t even write the f—ing song. He did!” In the interview, Gaga touches on her relationships with designers like Hussein Chalayan, who created her Grammys “vessel,” and Mugler creative director Nicola Formichetti, who tapped her to walk in his Paris runway show last month. But one topic that really stirs up some passion is plastic surgery. “I have never had plastic surgery, and there are many pop singers who have,” she states. “I think that promoting insecurity in the form of plastic surgery is infinitely more harmful than an artistic expression related to body modification.” So as for the protrusions on her shoulders, cheekbones and temples she’s been sporting lately? Pure art. “I am an artist,” she says of those ‘bones,’ “and I have the ability and the free will to choose the way the world will envision me.” For more photos and the full story, go to and pick up a copy of the May issue, on newsstands April 26.Kate Hogan

Lady Gaga Harper's Bazaar
Terry Richardson for Harper’s Bazaar