June 2nd, 2010
02:40 PM ET

Lady Gaga on Catholicism

From the Editors: Larry King Live Senior Producer Nancy Baker was on site in London for Larry King's interview with Lady Gaga. She filed this report:

It’s not every day that you have the opportunity to meet a global sensation. I traveled to London this week for Larry King’s interview with superstar Lady Gaga.

Arranging this special one-on-one – part of our celebration of Larry’s 25th anniversary with CNN – was no easy task. Lady Gaga is in the midst of her sold-out world tour, The Monster’s Ball. To say her schedule is jam-packed is to understate the case.

Still, her team carved out the time. The venue was a designated room in the backstage area of the O2 Arena, where Lady Gaga would thrill (and I do mean THRILL!) her fans with a brilliant concert performance just hours later.

Right on time – to the minute – Lady Gaga walked in, accompanied by just three people.

“Hi everyone, I’m Gaga,” she introduced herself to our CNN crew – which was more than three times as large as her modest entourage. She then proceeded to shake hands with everybody. She could not have been more gracious.

I – and everybody else on the crew – had wondered what she was going to wear. She did not disappoint. Just the opposite. Lady Gaga paid a witty tribute to Larry by donning a white silk shirt and unique black suspenders. To add to the visual punch, Larry took his seat on our New York set sporting a black shirt and white suspenders! Was this study in sartorial opposites planned ahead of time? No. Absolutely not. It was serendipity. And it added a terrific touch to a unique show.

Lady Gaga was as candid as she was articulate throughout the interview. Her frankness extended to her very honest comments about growing up in the Roman Catholic Church.

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  1. Kris

    I love Lady Gaga because she truly is a talented songwriter and her music really makes you want to get up and dance. Yes she's a little odd.. so what. She is eccentric like most talented musicians. And she has kind of an 80s vibe to her...love it!

    June 2, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  2. neighterz

    In other news, a fly flew up my nose, and it was irritating.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  3. HF

    Promoting Trash, nothing else to say, Lady GAGA has balls and a penis, what lady gaga trash, look at the pics online of her during a concert low cut skirt and no panties, or was it jockies?

    June 2, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  4. Deb

    Actually, no, I was raised Catholic and choose to believe in my faith my own way and that generally means not discussing religion or politics with anyone. Personally, I say poo poo on the male dominated Crusades, and the King James version of the bible as well. I am also not a fan of the organized chit chatter of the modern day church.
    You would think that with all of freedoms we enjoy as Americans, religion would be one of them,
    without all the staunch religious activists pointing fingers and telling others how to believe in our own faith.

    I am just poking fun at all of you because, "who cares?!!!!!!!" this thread was originally about a Larry King interview with Lady Gaga!!!!!! Get a grip people!!!!!!!

    June 2, 2010 at 5:02 pm |
    • Al

      DEB, I encourage you to go back to Confession (John 20:22, 23) then go receive Christ in communion, (John 6:15 – end). It changed my life and many others too, I'll pray for you dear...

      June 2, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  5. James

    Lady Crappa is lame; nothing original about her. Sorry, sometimes the truth hurts.

    June 2, 2010 at 4:59 pm |
    • ccb

      totally agree

      June 2, 2010 at 5:01 pm |
    • jonathan

      is there really any originality in the world? surely there is always someone out there doing and thinking the samething as you. and whats wrong with not being original? when did it become a horrible thing to just be a normal, same ole same ole person?

      June 2, 2010 at 6:59 pm |
  6. Ruth

    My beliefs are the same, Gaga! Thank you – it is always nice to know that I am not alone in my beliefs! Go Gaga!

    June 2, 2010 at 4:59 pm |
  7. Essie

    We should be focused on controversies that affect the world rather than controversies that settle on one individual (in this case, Lady Gaga).

    June 2, 2010 at 4:56 pm |
  8. william Kendig

    I thought the article was about how nice Gaga was, not the specifics of her beliefs, just that she grew up Catholic. Gaga is not my cup of tea, but i respect creative people with talent and she fits the bill on both counts. Stop hating.

    June 2, 2010 at 4:56 pm |
  9. kevin


    Another sad case of belief in fairy-tales. I wonder if she's read the old-testament.

    June 2, 2010 at 4:56 pm |

      have you...................501irs tax evader supporter

      June 3, 2010 at 1:53 am |
  10. dmeredith

    Lady Gaga....religious maybe ...sinner for sure!! headed to HELL... that's a FACT.

    June 2, 2010 at 4:53 pm |
    • Dmitry

      How so? Did she steal money from you? Did she lie to you?
      What is however an obvious fact is that she sure loves music and works more than you and I combined.

      What I cannot possibly comprehend is how folks can be silly and apparently jealous... why is it so difficult to enjoy an interview of a cute, charming, and pretty successful artist? not to mention incredibly smart one too...

      June 2, 2010 at 5:00 pm |
    • Al

      True Christians love & pray for those they believe are not living according to Christ's commands, not condemn them.... 'by the measure you give, you will be given....'

      June 2, 2010 at 5:00 pm |
    • Carmen

      Who are you to judge? We are ALL sinners and ALL fall short of glory. It is up to God to decide where she goes. She is a great artist and whatever walk she has with God is really none of our business. I pray she makes it to heaven, but again who am I to judge?

      June 2, 2010 at 6:20 pm |

      says who ? the irs 501 s-corporation collectins all the "root of all evil $$"

      June 2, 2010 at 11:58 pm |
  11. mark in houston

    what are the issues and are they predicated by an artisistic statement merited in part by the image or the reality?

    June 2, 2010 at 4:50 pm |
  12. Jack

    I think the fact that Michael Jackson himself singled her out to open for his show speaks volumes for her credibility. He told his choreographer before he died that he needed to pay close attention to her because she's good. And you know what, people said back in 1984 that Madonna would be a short fad – we now see how wrong that was. Gaga will almost certainly be around for decades because she's incredibly smart and innovative, not to mentioned incredibly talented.

    June 2, 2010 at 4:48 pm |
    • Kris

      Agree with you 100 percent.. Lady Gaga will be around for a long time and deserves to be. But I really wish Britney Spears would go away..very little talent in her and it just irks me that Britney is still making music.

      June 2, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  13. chris

    The current state of religion is outdated and it's something that you can't fight or deny. Most of you seem to old to realize how our kids have seen religion and have been taught religion through the media and every day life.
    Bush was supposed to be a 'christian' president, right?
    Great christian ideals: Lie to everyone, start wars in name of religion or against other religions, allow innocent people to die en masse, more lying, more stealing and giving to his friends via no-bid contracts from a war that didn't need fought in the first place.
    And THIS is your religious leaders? He and Robertson?
    No wonder kids no longer believe in anything. Their leaders are corrupt, they lie, they cheat, they kill in the name of special interests and oil.
    She reflects very much the views of the average kid these days: Confused because they receive confusing messages and signals.
    And it's not enough to say, 'I raise my kid in a church that I believe in' because nobody lives in a vacuum and they hear and learn more at school all day than they do in church a few hours a week.
    People need to take a good, hard look at the country we've created here: driven by greed, corruption, plagued by lies and liars and ego and manipulation. THAT is what kids see and THAT is what they learn.
    They learned from Bush that it's OK to lie on a gigantic level to serve your own needs. So do not be surprised when you catch them telling huge lies. As a nation, we've said it's OK to do that and you get away with it scott-free.
    Such a sad state this country is in and what a nation of ego, greed and manipulation we've created.
    I wouldn't raise a kid in the U.S. Period. Never, ever.
    A place where the media follows 'celebrities' around day and night (I use the term loosely) and plastering them on the covers of magazines when there are scholars and intellects who are trying to change the world for the better who rarely get any credit? No thanks.

    June 2, 2010 at 4:44 pm |
    • mypointofyou

      ...what an interesting comment...we think alike and though it is too late for me to decide on raising children here because i am alredy a parent...i do get your drift and wish a million others would develope the the same mindset...unfortunatly i think most are to dense with the corruption to even come close to that concept...

      June 2, 2010 at 7:14 pm |
  14. 12345

    Michael Jackson: I can't dance

    June 2, 2010 at 4:39 pm |
  15. Reality

    Why we are what we are??

    "John Hick, a noted British philosopher of religion, estimates that 95 percent of the people of the world owe their religious affiliation to an accident of birth.

    The Situation Today

    Barring military conquest, conversion to a faith other than that of one’s birth is rare. Some Jews, Moslems, and Hindus do convert to Christianity, but not often. Similarly, it is not common for Christians to become Moslems or Jews. Most people (including Lada Gaga) are satisfied that their own faith is the true one or at least good enough to satisfy their religious and emotional needs. Had St. Augustine or St. Thomas Aquinas been born in Mecca at the start of the present century, the chances are that they would not have been Christians but loyal followers of the prophet Mohammed" -James M. Somerville

    Considering Islam's views of women, Lady Gaga was lucky in her "accident of birth" as many of us are and we should keep that in mind when judging others.

    June 2, 2010 at 4:39 pm |
  16. byndpst

    I watched the interview & loved it & the outfit. Amazing as always. Lady Gaga RULES! those of you who don't believe it, well you know where to go.

    June 2, 2010 at 4:39 pm |
  17. Deb

    Oh Yeah, and Newton,
    Get a real screen name, you're not witty with your magnifying glass comment.
    Too bad there isn't a large enough one to burn this blog...........................................................................

    June 2, 2010 at 4:34 pm |
    • Steve

      Wow, Deb, bet you consider yourself a "good christian" too...you know, the crusades, the inquisition...you know, that type of christian.

      June 2, 2010 at 4:40 pm |
  18. dan

    bernie is right 7 #1s mean nothing now
    it means people have no life but to buy her garbage and sit around and vegetate listening to it
    she is nothing compared to the 60s and 70s music.

    June 2, 2010 at 4:33 pm |
    • Steve

      Wow, Dan, never left the 60's? Too much acid maybe?

      While the 60's and 70's music may be good, it nullifies your post to act as if others cant accomplish something because you dont like them...are you also a closed minded bigot as well?

      June 2, 2010 at 4:39 pm |
    • Dania

      People who lived through the 40s were saying the same thing about the music you were listening to in the 60s and 70s.

      June 2, 2010 at 4:51 pm |
  19. Deb

    Hey Dave:
    Go get some Depends, STUFF and I are coming to find you............................................................,

    June 2, 2010 at 4:32 pm |
    • Steve

      LOl, yep, your one of them zealots huh deb?

      June 2, 2010 at 4:41 pm |
  20. Maybeben

    Why is this nutball still getting press? She's a talentless hack and cheap knock-off of Madonna.

    June 2, 2010 at 4:29 pm |
    • Dmitry

      I wonder whether cheap knock-offs often get face time with Elizabeth II (you know... mm... The Queen?)

      Gaga is absolutely incredible. That's an axiom which does not require any further proof.

      June 2, 2010 at 4:34 pm |
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