Lady Gaga on Ditching Her Eccentric Style: ‘You Can’t Make Music With a Lobster on Your Head’

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You don’t have to be a Little Monster to know that Lady Gaga has changed her style in a major way. The “Perfect Illusion” singer, 30, isn’t promoting her upcoming album, Joanne, in her typical outlandish outfits of yesteryear (like the meat dress or the bubble frock). Instead, the Grammy winner is sticking to the simpler things.  

“To be frank, I would just prefer to go through this album cycle and talk about my music. That’d be great,” she told The London Times' Culture magazine of her fifth album, out October 21. “It becomes about everything else, and that was what I [once] wanted. But if I wear a black T-shirt and black pants every day, [people] might listen to what I write. All the outfits, fashion and art pieces over the years made sense to me. They didn’t make sense to other people.”

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Lady Gaga at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

Despite the criticism, the stares, the memes and the tweets, she still held on to that creative license. “I always got it. It was an expression, not a hiding,” she explained. “This time, my style just stayed naturally at how I’ve been in the studio. I started vehemently saying, ‘Get these clothes out! I’m not wearing this! I’m not wearing heels!’ And some of that, too, is because I’ve been in the studio with boys. You can’t make music with a bunch of boys who are staring at a lobster on your head. They are going to get distracted.”

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Lady Gaga at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards. Frederick M. Brown/Getty

Gaga’s collaborators, who include Mark Ronson and Beck, have allowed her to create music that speaks to everyone, not just her fans and fellow eccentric art school kids (she studied at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts). This time, she was thinking of “this woman in middle America with hair pulled back, no makeup and jewelry heirlooms from her family, a sweatshirt you’d buy at the drugstore, a kid in one hand, pinot grigio in the other, two kids running around, you don’t know if she’s married. But she’s at my show, crying her eyes out because she feels I’m speaking for her.”

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Lady Gaga at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. Christopher Polk/Getty

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