I was watching this interview with Gaga from 2010 that I hadn’t seen before and at around 6:50 the interviewer asks her what her biggest weakness is. And she says it’s that she’s too trusting (she says trustworthy but explains it as being trusting so just a minor vocabulary mistake on her part).
I don’t think she’s changed, but I wonder if after the debacle with her manager and her label, whether she has grown to be less trusting in others when it comes to her vision now. I think she knows who she trusts (Ruth Hogben, Steven Klein, Tony Bennett, etc.) and puts her faith in them, but I hope that it doesn’t stifle her creative collaboration with other artists in the future, though I imagine that it won’t now that she’s moving on.
I also really loved that she said her strength was that she’s a ‘strong, ambitious woman, and on the outside, and mostly on the inside, intrinsically happy.’ That, more than anything else makes the most sense to me. I could never verbalize and express what it is she has taught me, but without even ever hearing her says those words until today, that is what she has taught me. That I have to be intrinsically happy, hopeful, passionate, and faithful to myself and who I am and what I believe in. I can cry the night before and still wake up with so much in the future look forward to. I learned that from her and nobody else.