12:11pm PT by Ashley Lee
Lady Gaga on Feud with Ex-Friend Perez Hilton: It's All 'Rooted in Madonna'
Lady Gaga may live for the applause, but has no problem combating her naysayers, even if they are former friends. The singer spoke openly of her fiery feud with gossip blogger Perez Hilton, which heated up when she felt harassed by him during an interview.
"He started asking me really terrible questions, and he was being very negative about Born This Way, and we had had a lot to drink," she told Howard Stern in an interview, in reference to questions that framed her third studio album a failure, according to the Los Angeles Times. “He was supposed to be my friend and I felt betrayed, so I started crying. And then my friend had to come in and pull the camera out, they wouldn't turn the cameras off.
"And then he apologized, but I sort of felt like it was like, 'But I'm Perez Hilton so I'm allowed to treat you this way.' I looked at him and said, 'Just because you are who you are, does not mean that our friendship doesn't mean anything when the cameras turn on. So, now I see who you really are.' And I was done after that.”
Hilton was an early supporter of Gaga’s and often promoted her work on his blog, and confided that he truly wanted to stop bullying celebrities online. Yet he has had no mercy for her fourth album either, asking his Twitter followers to opt instead for Christina Aguilera's disappointing Bionic album instead of Gaga's ARTPOP.
"He's just mad that I don't want to hang out anymore because I don't want to be around fake people. I really believed, when I first met him, that he wanted to change. I really believed that he wanted to bully people less on his site and that he wanted to move into a more positive space. I was really there for him and I really supported him."
She then claimed that the blogger had applied to live in her apartment building, after she asked him to stop sending mean texts and tweets her way. “He put an offer in on two apartments in the building. Why do you need to live in my apartment? There's only one reason: to try to hurt me, or harass me, or blow yourself up. If you hate me, hate me from over there. Continue firing away on your blog and your Twitter." At the time, Hilton responded to THR with a statement that such wasn’t the case.
Gaga boils down any “silly” problems others may have with her and her music to another musician. “You know, the whole thing is really rooted in Madonna -- that's sort of the center of it, and no one has really said that or admitted to it," she told Stern of the constant comparisons. “There's this thing with some people that I'm a 'threat to the throne' and I don't want your ... throne. And no thanks, and I have my own. And I don't actually want a throne at all because I don't view myself as a queen. I view myself as one of my fans and that's it."
But Hilton didn’t take the Gaga’s radio interview blast in stride. Shortly afterward, he took to Twitter to unleash his own tongue-lashing, and has since retweeted other negative tweets about ARTPOP's critical reception:
@LadyGaGa And I was the one who pulled away from u after I realized what a real-life vampire you are! It's been your M.O. your whole career!— Perez Hilton (@PerezHilton) November 12, 2013
Gaga has yet to respond to Hilton's latest tweets.