Lady Gaga once wanted nothing more than to emulate her idol David Bowie – to be a musical icon of her generation recognised around the world.
But it seems the reality of the life the Grammy Award-winner has chosen has a downside, and she’s opened up about it in an in-depth interview airing on America’s CBS network on Sunday.
“I’m not free anymore,” she says in a preview of the interview. “As soon as I go out into the world, I belong, in a way, to everyone else. It’s legal to follow me. It’s legal to stalk me at the beach. And I can’t call the police or ask them to leave.”
The Born This Way singer begins to cry as she reveals how her fame means she can no longer strike up a conversation with a stranger on the street.
“I miss people. I miss, you know, going anywhere and meeting a random person and saying, ‘Hi,’ and having a conversation about life. I love people.”
The pop star recently spent an extended period out of the public eye and re-emerged with new album Joanne, which is decidedly low-key compared to her previous releases, with stripped-back ballads and the most personal lyrics she’s ever shared.
Watch a preview of Lady Gaga’s upcoming interview on CBS below.