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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. sandy

    Gaga, i'd rather you use your popularity for a better cause instead of misleading these vulnerable youths.

    June 2, 2010 at 7:56 pm |
    • SHAIARRA

      sandy gooooooooooooo give your$$$$$$$$$$$$$ to tim hagar new church fund

      June 3, 2010 at 1:36 am |
  2. jerry

    she says she is a "religeous "person and yet dresses and acts provocativly on stage please give me a break

    June 2, 2010 at 7:53 pm |
    • righteous-in-Christ

      Jerry, lets be thankful that at least she believes there is a God, being gay! That's a blessing, God can turn her life around and save her!!! Many of these gay people hide behind Atheism because they don't want to be exposed of the sin they commit. Yeah, there isn't no God to them only because they want others to tickle their ears with what they only want to hear!

      June 2, 2010 at 8:40 pm |
    • SHAIARRA

      the both of you, she should give to irs 501 church corporations her "root of all evil"""$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$fakes

      June 3, 2010 at 1:35 am |
  3. vernon

    Just because music is different now than it was before doesnt make it bad. im sure for the older generation who listened to the beatles or michael jackson, your elders probably didnt like them. stop complaining and bashing our current artists just because you can't stay current. turn to the oldies station and stop annoying everybody else with your comparisons. your right, lady gaga isnt the beatles. she doesnt want to be and the millions of people who buy her music don't want her to be either. if they did, she wouldnt have 7 #1s

    June 2, 2010 at 7:49 pm |
  4. mattmchugh

    I liked Lady Gaga better when I was trying to explain her to people who hadn't yet heard of her.

    June 2, 2010 at 7:49 pm |
  5. mamaknowsbest

    Please dear children, don't MAKE me have to come over there and go all "Mommy Dearest" on your bad selves. Mama isn't happy about the bashing of the Gaga, and if Mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy! Mind your manners kids, keep your hands to yourselves, and if you promise to behave real good maybe Mama will spare the rod and that stick you have up that pale orifice of yours will remain firmly intact. I would hate to dislodge it because your recent brain enema would then be visible to the entire world. Now let's all hold hands and cross the street together! Be sure to look for bigots, hypocrites and
    fanatics and stay close to Mama.

    June 2, 2010 at 7:44 pm |
    • righteous-in-Christ

      WHOA...MAMA MIA...WHOA....YES MOMMY DEAREST!!! LOL!!!

      June 2, 2010 at 8:38 pm |
  6. Paulio

    Gaga may be revolutionizing celebrityship and fashion, after Madonna did. But the Beetles revolutionized rock n roll, after Chuck Berry did. They're all particles in a wave, people.

    June 2, 2010 at 7:43 pm |
  7. Sam

    And Jerry, Jerry, Jerry. Before you teach people about religion learn how to spell "religious" right. It'd really make you seem a little less moronic than you already are.

    June 2, 2010 at 7:36 pm |
    • jbm

      I always love people whose only critiques are based on spelling mistakes/grammar ... not actually on the thoughts being presented. Perhaps these people don't have any original thoughts themselves. Weak.

      June 2, 2010 at 8:29 pm |
    • righteous-in-Christ

      Sam, Sam, Sam, before you try to correct anyone else, learn to respect and have a heart. Only the miserable people do it, hope you are not one of them!

      “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.’ ” Psalms 14:1 – Do you see how this was preached way before this generation existed!

      June 2, 2010 at 8:36 pm |
  8. Sam

    Too bad there's no God. Oh well.

    June 2, 2010 at 7:34 pm |
    • jbm

      Everyone, at some point, places faith into something. What makes you so sure there isn't a God?

      June 2, 2010 at 8:32 pm |
    • righteous-in-Christ

      TO BAD YOU ARE SO IGNORANT!!! TOOOOO BAD!!!!

      YOU ARE A CLAY AND GOD IS THE POTTER...YOU WILL RETURN TO DUST.

      As Isaiah wrote, “Woe unto him that striveth with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth. Shall the clay say to him that fashioneth it, What makest thou? or thy work, He hath no hands?” (Isaiah 45:9).

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

    oh puhlease...she's really religious...she needs to prove it by being a role model.

    June 2, 2010 at 7:28 pm |
  10. jhenz

    *sigh*
    it is so pointless to argue who's beliefs are better......me, i don't believe in jesus. however, i have seen people's belief in jesus save lives. perhaps that's what really matters.

    I don't listen to lady gaga's music but i do love her. she is amazing and she should be a role model. i would love to see future generations being as tolerant as this woman.

    June 2, 2010 at 7:25 pm |
  11. jerry

    its amazing it seems that everybody is "religeous"i go to work religously,i go to bed religeously,i take a shower everyday religeously.people that go to church 2 times a year consider themselves "religeous" you can be the biggest "religeous"person all you want but if your not BORN AGAIN and have an ongoing relationship with JESUS CHRIST than it is all WORTHLESS

    June 2, 2010 at 7:25 pm |
    • righteous-in-Christ

      Glory to God!!! It's not about having a religions, but a relationship with Christ Jesus!!! I LOVE YOU JESUS CHRIST!!!!!!!!!!1

      June 2, 2010 at 8:32 pm |
  12. righteous-in-Christ

    TO ALL THE GAY PEOPLE, FALLOW HER EXAMPLE AS HUMAN BEINGS AND BELIEVE IN GOD, HE WILL STILL JUDGE YOU REGARDLESS IF YOU BELIEVE IN GOD OR NOT.....JUST ASK LADY GAGA!! LOVE MOST OF HER SONGS!

    June 2, 2010 at 7:17 pm |
  13. righteous-in-Christ

    Lady Gaga is gay.....she believes in God.....so, why can't other people do the same thing? Many gay people are Atheists and I know they support her as being gay!! Good for Lady Gaga, she believes in God and someday, hopefully, will delivered!

    June 2, 2010 at 7:14 pm |
    • SHAIARRA

      rnc do you belive this>BIBLE SLAVERY LAWS ARE: KJV Exodus 20:17, Deuteronomy 5:21 BEATING SLAVE AS $MONEY ,Exodus 21:20-21, Exodus 21:26-27,Emancipation of Slaves: so god ok this and jim crow? Slaves in ancient Israel were automatically emancipated after 6 years of slavery, but only if they were Jewish. However, if the slave owner "gave" the slave a wife, the owner could keep the wife and any children as his property. This is so family oriented isnt it

      June 3, 2010 at 2:02 am |
  14. kevin

    uhm ... so?

    June 2, 2010 at 7:13 pm |
  15. Natalie

    She entertains. She is rather pleasant to almost everyone she meets (google her and read all the instances where she will greet all her fans, hug all her fans, buy unknown strangers a round of drinks at some local pub, etc.). She worship her parents. She stays out of the crazy scene of entertainment – she rather stay in to work on her art instead of partying. She seems very gracious and not snobby at all in her interviews. She states what she believes in without aggressively pushing her agenda. She has done nothing wrong except showcase her sense of art. I LOVE GAGA, PERIOD.

    June 2, 2010 at 7:11 pm |
    • mypointofyou

      she performs nasty and is a poor excuse for a real lady like so many many more of the so called singing and dancing stars

      June 2, 2010 at 8:31 pm |
  16. nowagaglover

    yyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa i was so anxious about this interview cuz im a big believer in GOD n i thot she was kinda the.......oppposite cuz of rumors but now i can go bak to loving her n can stop being apprehensive bout listening to her music

    June 2, 2010 at 6:52 pm |
  17. debbie

    Is that what she believes when she is "bleeding" on stage dressed like a freak for all her little monsters???

    June 2, 2010 at 6:48 pm |
    • righteous-in-Christ

      Don't be hating on her! She is a great singer and this is her way of presenting herself. Let her believe and move on!!!!!

      June 2, 2010 at 7:15 pm |
    • SHAIARRA

      debbie go read about the horrific wars in your fairy tale bible

      June 3, 2010 at 1:59 am |
  18. SilenceDogood

    I love when we misunderstand each other and waste our breath on long-debated arguments that neither side will win. Great job, everyone.

    June 2, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
    • jbm

      Why are you commenting then?

      June 2, 2010 at 8:34 pm |
  19. Harry

    Are you kidding me?!?!? Religious? Yeah and Hitler considered himself religious also! Heck, half her songs are about provocative subject matter if not more. If she is so religious go make some Christian music instead of the cr@p she currently makes.

    June 2, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  20. butlerbulldawg74

    abandon religion, and you will stop being confused...

    ...imagine no religion...

    June 2, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
    • jbm

      Wow ... that's pretty original ... did you come up with that yourself?

      June 2, 2010 at 8:36 pm |
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