In her recent podcast interview with The Hollywood Reporter, conducted shortly before David Bowie‘s tragic passing from cancer on Sunday (Jan. 10), Lady Gaga spoke fondly about the legend and his profound affect on her music and larger-than-life persona.
“When I fell in love with David Bowie, when I was living on the Lower East Side, I always felt that his glamor was something he was using to express a message to people that was very healing for their souls,” she recalled to THR‘s Scott Feinberg. “He is a true, true artist and I don’t know if I ever went, ‘Oh, I’m going to be that way like this,’ or if I arrived upon it slowly, realizing it was my calling and that’s what drew me to him.”
Gaga, who won a Golden Globe for her role in American Horror Story: Hotel on the same night that the sad news about Bowie surfaced, was joined on the podcast by songwriter Diane Warren to discuss the song they wrote together, ‘Til It Happens To You,’ from the Oscar-shortlisted documentary The Hunting Ground.
“I just know that you can use the theater of your imagination to entertain people beyond their wildest dreams and then you can put something inside of that that changes the world, and that to me is when you make something truly great as an artist,” she continued as she connected the dots between Bowie’s career and her own.
“You don’t nail it every time. I definitely don’t, with all my songs, always hit that note. You try. And every once in a while, the world lights on fire with the music.”