When Lady Gaga announced that she and her actor fiancé Taylor Kinney were “taking a break,” her fans were understandably shocked and saddened by the news. The couple had been together for five years, and after receiving an Emmy and an Oscar nomination, it seemed like Lady Gaga was already having a better 2016 than the rest of us combined.
However, four months ago, Gaga broke the unfortunate news to her followers via Instagram.
Taylor and I have always believed we are soulmates. Just like all couples we have ups and downs, and we have been taking a break. We are both ambitious artists, hoping to work through long-distance and complicated schedules to continue the simple love we have always shared. Please root us on. We're just like everybody else and we really love each other.
The Instagram caption read:
Taylor and I have always believed we are soulmates. Just like all couples we have ups and downs, and we have been taking a break. We are both ambitious artists, hoping to work through long-distance and complicated schedules to continue the simple love we have always shared. Please root us on. We’re just like everybody else and we really love each other.
Since then, it’s been unclear what caused the relationship’s demise. There were rumors that the couple’s travel schedules were making it impossible for them to see one another, but there never seemed to be any indicator as to the emotional factors involved.
During a recent interview with CBS Sunday Morning, however, Lady Gaga not-so-subtly hinted at the impetus behind her breakup with Kinney.
“I think women love very hard,” she says. “We love men. We just love with everything we have. And sometimes I don’t know that that love is met with the type of dignity that we wish it would be met with. You know, we’re not trying to make you less of a man. We just want you to love us as deeply and as wholesomely and as fully as we love you.”
Gaga’s statements indicate that there was, perhaps, a bit of an imbalance between what she was giving to the relationship versus what she was getting from the relationship.
She also notes in the interview that weight of her public persona has certainly affected her private life.
“I’m very acutely aware that once I cross that property line I’m not free anymore,” she says. “As soon as I go out in 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. I can’t call the police or ask them to leave, and I took a long hard look at that property line, and I said ‘Well, you know if I can’t be free out there, I’m going to be free in here,'” she remarks, pointing to her heart.
“I miss people. I’m sorry,” she continues, wiping away tears. “I miss people. Yeah, I miss people. I miss going anywhere and meeting a random person and saying ‘hi’ and having a conversation about life. I love people.”
It’s difficult to watch a woman who once proudly paraded down the red carpet in a meat dress cry tears of sadness over the loss of normalcy, but it’s also understandable that these past few months have been especially difficult for Gaga.
While it’s unclear whether her relationship with Kinney is over or just on a brief hiatus, it’s abundantly evident that this woman doesn’t need a man to complete her life.
“All the awards in the world, you can get into all the nightclubs, they’ll send you the nicest clothes … nothing better than walking into your dad’s restaurant and seeing a smile on his face and knowing that your mom and your dad and your sister are real proud of you, and that you haven’t lost touch with who you are. That, for me, is real success.”