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Gaga wants to be alone

It’s one of those tricky philosophical questions: would Lady Gaga exist without any media attention? The spotlight-hogging singer is about to test that conundrum by imposing a media blackout. Oh, but not until a nationally-networked high-profile TV interview with Oprah Winfrey.

She told the talkshow host, "Other than this interview, Oprah, I do not intend to speak to anyone for a very long time. No press, no television, if my mom calls and says, 'Did you hear about it…' I shut it all off."

She also claimed that she never reads press coverage, although the NME gleefully reported that when they labelled her album Born This Way "the most pretentious album ever" in February, she immediately responded: "Oh the irony of winning "Most Pretentious Album Ever" from none other than NME. I might laugh forever, then return to narcissism."

She seems caught in the dilemma of being famous for her quirkiness and opinionated frankness, while wanting to cultivate the mystique and aloof hauteur of the superior artist above the common fray. She also seems to fail to realise the contradictions of trying to maintain her privacy while having more than 20 million followers on Twitter.

There is considerable pressure to produce a follow-up album to last year’s Born This Way and prove her success is not a fleeting novelty. She is also extremely irate about a biopic of her life. She thinks the imminent release Fame Monster: The Lady Gaga Story will portray her as "insecure and needy".

Wonder where the producers got that idea?

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