Five-foot-two. Or about 1.57m. That's how tall Lady Gaga really is, without her monster heels. But what is the 'Bad Romance' singer and fashion icon like without the make-up, away from the spotlight? Here are three things we learnt about her in the NC16-rated intimate Netflix documentary, Gaga: Five Foot Two (***).
1. Gaga thinks Madonna is a wuss.
In the docu — directed by Chris Moukarbel (Banksy Does New York) — Lady Gaga, 31, recalls the time she found out that Queen of Pop Madonna had slammed her in the press. “She wouldn’t look me in the eye and tell me that I was reductive,” says Gaga (real name Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta). “Telling me you think I’m a piece of s*** through the media? It’s like a guy passing a note through his friend… The only thing that really bothers me about her is [that] I’m Italian and from New York, so if I have a problem with somebody, I’m gonna tell you to your face.”
2. Gaga is a home person.
The docu not only looks at her taking meetings and working hard in the studio and on video shoots, it also lets us in on what she’s like when she isn’t a pop star, like when attending her goddaughter’s baptism, cooking in her kitchen (where she reveals she’s still reeling from her break-up with ex-fiancé Taylor Kinney) and visiting her grandmother. In the latter scene, an emotional one, Gaga gives granny a preview of the title track of her new album Joanne, inspired by Gaga’s late aunt who died from complications of lupus at the age of 19.
3. Gaga is always in pain.
She’s been suffering from fibromyalgia, a musculoskeletal disorder that causes chronic pain, for five years now. Sometimes the condition is so bad that she’s forced to cancel her concerts like the 2013 ‘Born This Way Ball’ tour (she recently postponed a series of shows in Europe). In the docu, we frequently see a pain-stricken Gaga in tears, being attended to by therapists and doctors. In one scene, as an assistant rubs her muscles and applies ice on her, Gaga asks, sobbing, “Do I look pathetic? I’m so embarrassed.”