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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.

- CNN Belief Blog

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  1. holla

    helllloooooo! christianity does not hate against anything or anyone but sin and the devil. maybe the "church" is for violence and hate, but not christainity. its based on love and turning the other cheek.

    June 2, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
    • GaGa's Soulmate

      very true. the life of Jesus is based on loving God and loving others. it is the corruption of the christian religion and other religions that leads to hate.

      religion is bogus when it only leads to hate and war.

      June 2, 2010 at 9:01 pm |
  2. Ryan

    Thank you CNN for your informative reporting.

    June 2, 2010 at 6:13 pm |
  3. DWT

    Boy, the people here who wish to slam Gaga amaze me. She's a singer, she was asked about religious feeling by an interviewer, and she gave a simple answer that her feelings are mixed. End of story. Unless you just want to vent about her popularity, etc. This all makes me wonder exactly what so many people find threatening about this gal.

    June 2, 2010 at 6:09 pm |
  4. Me

    FYI: She's Italian. Her name is Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, and she looks a LOT better as a brunette (her natural hair color).

    June 2, 2010 at 6:08 pm |
  5. Sue

    "Religious" and Christianity are two different things. Religion is man trying to achieve goodness by own work and tipping a hat to God to make feel holy but really giving nothing to God. True Chrisitanity is man acknowledging that he/she is corrupt and sinful and putting trust in Jesus Christ that paid the price for our disobedience on the cross. Religion is false humility, Christianity is true humility with a change of heart.

    June 2, 2010 at 6:04 pm |
    • enigma65

      Such ignorance... If religion were a product (which it is... like laundry detergent), then "Christianity" would be the "brand". It is no different than any other "brands" like Islam, Judaism, Taoism, Satanism, Wicca or even (shudder) Scientology just to name a few. To be "religious" is nothing more than to stock your spiritual shelves with more of one "brands" product, than another. It does not make your clothes any whiter or brighter than anyone elses brand does... and to think so is to breed the sort of vile contempt for the humility you speak so highly of.

      June 2, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
    • Debbie

      Actually, most non-Christians are very courteous toward Christian beliefs. I have many wonderful friends, both atheists and other religions, who respect my beliefs. I wish them the joy of knowing Jesus, but I can't force them to accept Him. It is the same with people who viciously attack Christians – like you, they cannot know how wonderful Jesus is unless they experience His peace for themselves. All the same I wish you the joy of knowing Him, but I can't force you to accept Him either. Have a great day!

      June 2, 2010 at 6:49 pm |
    • righteous-in-Christ

      WELL SAID, SUE!!! GLORY TO GOD, THE FATHER JEHOVAH, GOD THE SON, JESUS CHRIST, & GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT!!!

      RELIGION are humans working their way to God, but fail.

      CHRISTIANITY IS GOD working His way to men and women through a relationship in Christ Jesus. KING OF KINGS, LORD OF LORDS, WONDERFUL SAVOR, WONDERFUL REDEEMER....I LOVE YOU JESUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      June 2, 2010 at 7:27 pm |
    • SHAIARRA

      Passages error in you moral belief in Exodus state that female slaves who were sold into slavery by their fathers would be slaves forever. A corresponding passage in Exodus contradicts this; it required female slaves to be given their freedom after 6 years. oh what
      Exodus 21:1-4, this god? Deuteronomy 15:12-18, Exodus 21:7, Leviticus 25:44-46:,Leviticus 25:48-53, Exodus 21:8,Leviticus 19:20-22

      June 3, 2010 at 1:49 am |
  6. enigma65

    Oh and one more thing... being an admitted rock-n-roller, all this talk about "real" bands and "real" musicians is so misguided. Everyone has their favorite band, be it Van HAlen, Aerosmith, the Stones, Madona, whatever. And in their opus of work there is always an album or two that suck and an album or two that are brilliant. What's the difference? The band is the same. The instruments are the same. The song-writers are the same (in most cases)... It's the producer that gives an artist their sound for an album. And in GGs case, she has one hell of a production team.

    June 2, 2010 at 6:03 pm |
  7. Haley

    Let's all just worship Lady Gaga....;-)

    haha

    June 2, 2010 at 6:01 pm |
    • mypointofyou

      ...no thanks...

      June 2, 2010 at 8:17 pm |
    • righteous-in-Christ

      You'll be going to hell if you do...HA, HA, HA!!!

      June 2, 2010 at 9:34 pm |
  8. dlee

    Funny, coming from a hard core Luciferian!

    June 2, 2010 at 6:01 pm |
  9. Steve

    As a performer, YES, YES, YES!

    As for the belief thing; far too condescending and convenient!

    I know she is still young but please read the excellent companion volume to his website; Kenneth Humphreys: GB77MIDL40472561789481 (SWIFT / BIC code: MIDLGB2110P) and we all could and should take one collective deep breath and make some informed decisions and statements about life, liberty and pursuit of happiness...

    June 2, 2010 at 6:00 pm |
  10. Andrew

    Fact checking: Gaga doesn't have 7 #1s off of one album...she only released 5 singles from the Fame, and 2 from the Fame Monster, and only two of those songs hit number 1 in the US.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:57 pm |
  11. enigma65

    GG is nothing more than a cute-ish girl who knew when to just sit down, shut up and let the music industry do what they wanted with her. Her original music wasn't even dance/club... it was edgy rock... and pretty bad for that genre. Face it, with MJ dead, Madona checking out nursing homes and even "fitty-cent" looking more like a dime, the music machine needed a new star. She just knew how to go along for the ride. Kudos GG.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:56 pm |
  12. steve

    Madonna and Elvis didn't write their own songs, they were just marketed trash. The difference between them was that Madonna did her own marketing and has some brains in her head. The Beatles, however, were the real thing all the way. As for this woman, if she's religious I want nothing to do with her and I'm glad I haven't yet bothered to check her out.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:54 pm |
  13. Grr

    Lady gaga is so masonic and the symbols are shown in every single song of hers!!! I feel so bad for people who follow her because they are brainwashed!!! ,, wake up people!!!!

    June 2, 2010 at 5:54 pm |
    • Raze

      masonic symbols show up pretty much everywhere else, too, along with egyptian and pagan symbols...so i guess we're all brainwashed about everything, hmm

      June 2, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  14. Zva

    I'm so tired of the 6,000 yr old earth crap. Linguists have long said that the hebrew word for day can also mean age which means that the so called days that God created the earth could really mean ages. Ages are comprised of many years so really guys, can we stop bashing jews, christians, and muslims when it comes to our belief in how the universe was made and for you evolutionists out there, isn't it interesting that the first days in Genesis is the same way scientist claim evolution occurred. This is interesting whether you're religious or not don't cha think?

    June 2, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  15. kevin

    What is with the fake English accent? Madonna did the same thing,. Just look on youtube for lady gaga before she was famous, she did not have this fake accent. Nobody gets an accent in 2-3 years. Quit being a phoney and be proud you came from Amercia and NYC.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  16. T

    Why does the type of religion you are such a big deal, especially amongst artists? I don't care if Lady Gaga worshiped the devil, I'd still love her music. People are too judgmental these days and are too worried about promoting what they think as opposed too just going with the flow. She's an artist and that's her job not the president of the USA. Would you care what religion your plumber is? ...lol

    June 2, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  17. Paul

    Is it possible to like the artist's music, but be sick of her at the same time? LOL I wish Gaga would throw away all the gimmicky get ups. I think she would be much more interesting that way.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  18. Jim

    Does she have talent, sure. Will she last 20,30,40, years, I think not. To bad, she has a nice body.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  19. CheckMate

    Amazing. I've never listened to one of her songs and I don't think the quality of my life has been affected at all.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  20. Kittykat

    WHAT WOULD JESUS SAY?

    June 2, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
    • jonathan

      idk why doesnt he bring his sorry ass down here and let me know what he has to say.

      June 2, 2010 at 7:00 pm |
    • SHAIARRA

      he would say.........Passages go thou servent in Exodus state that female slaves who were sold into slavery by their fathers would be slaves forever. consen tto A corresponding passage in Exodus contradicts this; it required female slaves to be given their freedom after 6 years. do as he says and belive
      Exodus 21:1-4, obey his voice Deuteronomy 15:12-18, Exodus 21:7, Leviticus 25:44-46:,Leviticus 25:48-53, Exodus 21:8,Leviticus 19:20-22

      June 3, 2010 at 1:56 am |
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