Lady Gaga Explains Upcoming 'Judas' Video

Mariano Vivanco

The singer says she plays Mary Magdalene in the controversial song's video, airing on 'American Idol' next week.

Lady Gaga is taking on a new identity: Mary Magdalene. 

The singer, who will premiere the music video for her latest song "Judas" on next week's American Idol, told MSN Entertainment in Canada that the shoot continued the song's religious tones.

"The theme of the video and the way that I wanted to aesthetically portray the story was as a motorcycle Fellini movie, where the apostles are revolutionaries in a modern-day Jerusalem," the singer said. "And I play Mary Magdalene, leading them into the town where we meet Jesus, and I will leave the rest for you to see." 

But, she insists the song, which has caused controversy in many religious circles, is "meant more to celebrate faith than it is to challenge it."