Yesterday, ahead of the release of the "bizarre, wheatfield swayin', messy glory" that is Joanne, Lady Gaga went on Zane Lowe's Beats 1 show to plug the album. Unfortunately, things took a sharp swerve toward shadier pastures once Lowe brought up about the Gaga-Madonna comparisons -- which, the pop star wasn't having at all.
"Madonna and I are very different, I wouldn't make that comparison at all," Gaga said. "I don't mean to disrespect Madonna. She's a nice lady and she's had a fantastic huge career. She's the biggest pop star of all time, but I play a lot of instruments."
Gaga continued: "I write all my own music. I spend hours and hours a day in the studio. I'm a producer, I'm a writer. What I do is different. I'm not just rehearsing over and over again to put on a show," adding later that, "there's a spontaneity in my work. I allow myself to fail. I allow myself to break. I'm not afraid of my flaws."
She then finished it all off by insisting that there "are major differences between me and her," but clarifying that she doesn't "mean that in a disrespectful way."
However, it's also worth noting that the two have a long history together, with Madonna going on the record to call Gaga "reductive" and accuse her of "blatantly ripping off" her 1989 song "Express Yourself" via her 2011 hit "Born This Way."
But all past contextual tiffs aside, Joanne bangs and Gaga poignantly ended the interview with the fierce declaration that, "I just will not be compared to anyone anymore. I am who the fuck I am and this is me. My life story is my life story." To which all we say is: Go, Gaga!