At what point do you become your own woman? That seemed to be the question Lady Gaga was asking Zane Lowe on the DJ's Beats 1 radio show on Thursday (Oct. 20), when the veteran interviewer probed into a clearly sensitive area during their in-studio chat. Sitting in to promote her fifth album, Joanne, which drops on Friday (Oct. 21), Gaga had a very direct, unequivocal answer when Lowe tried to once again tie Gaga's career arc and origin story to that of Madonna.
"There is another artist who has lived a very parallel existence," Lowe said as Gaga appeared to look on incredulously. "Based on this story, which I'm sure you can relate to. You know Madonna tells a very similar story... overprotective father... 'Papa Don't Preach.' You know what I mean."
Rocking in her chair, Gaga calmly responded to the latest attempt to link the two women in the popular imagination. "Madonna and I are very different," she said, shaking her head and pointing a finger as an awkward silence ensued. "Just sayin'," Lowe responded. "Just sayin'," Gaga repeated as Lowe laughed awkwardly and the singer's eyes appeared to get flinty.