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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. Bob

    She's no different than Manson! And this is a really bad topic!

    June 2, 2010 at 9:56 pm |
  2. Gaga

    GREAT singer! Love her music. The real thing. So much of the 'top 40' singers these days are "manufactured". Gaga is NOT. She's here to stay!

    Religion... It's an invisibile business only gullable people fall for. That's why so many abuses take place in the name of "religion".

    June 2, 2010 at 9:38 pm |
    • righteous-in-Christ

      Like you said, "PEOPLE", NOT GOD, abuses in the name of religion, not in the name of GOD.

      JUST BECAUSE WE DON'T SEE GOD WITH OUR PHYSICAL EYES DOESN'T PROVE THAT THERE ISN'T A GOD! OPEN UP THE SPIRITUAL EYES OF THE HEART AND YOU WILL SEE HIM FOR YOURSELF!

      June 2, 2010 at 9:48 pm |
  3. LIZ

    I love Lady Gaga and all her art she is so unique 🙂 I really dont care what anyone says about her 😉 we love her bc she is not affraid of people pointing their fingers at her 🙂 she is great LOVE GAGA

    June 2, 2010 at 9:38 pm |
  4. GaGa's Soulmate

    GaGa is not going away anytime soon. It is not an understatement when people predict her as our generations Madonna.

    June 2, 2010 at 9:13 pm |
  5. enemy of the music business

    Pop music is garbage and this one here is just " Look at me! Aren't I so outrageous?" No you are not. I'll take GG Allin if I want outrageous.

    June 2, 2010 at 9:12 pm |
    • righteous-in-Christ

      It depends on the music, now. As long as they are not perverted, evil and hard rock!

      June 2, 2010 at 9:15 pm |
  6. enemy of the music business

    Well as for having 7 number one hits on one album. Look at the garbage that's out there and people still buy it. So there is something wrong with people in general in regards to music today. It's tasteless,plastic and not original. Every genre. Something happened after the 70's with music and it all went downhill. How the heck do people like it!? I'm guessing it's the old, "well everyone else it listening to it so I better to fit in.

    June 2, 2010 at 9:10 pm |
  7. mashy

    lady gaga is an extremely talented artist, songwriter and performer. i bet that when she wants to get away from the paparazzi and crazy fans, all she has to do is put on a wig and 'normal' clothes and blends right in with everyone else. what other celebrity can get away with that?

    June 2, 2010 at 9:04 pm |
    • righteous-in-Christ

      Micheal Jackson did it.

      June 2, 2010 at 9:08 pm |
  8. GaGa's Soulmate

    I'm an enthusiast of GaGa's artistic abilities. Her views on religion and 'hopes' rather than belief in her salvation are not uncommon among children raised Catholic. She believes in Jesus, and that itself may be enough in her acceptance of God's grace. No one is beyond the grace and mercy of Christ.

    June 2, 2010 at 8:53 pm |
    • righteous-in-Christ

      Well said! No one is beyond the grace and mercy of Christ! He loves each and everyone of us!!!

      THANK YOU....LOVE YOUR COMMENT!!!

      June 2, 2010 at 8:55 pm |
  9. mamaknowsbest

    "ALEX, please come down from there before you break your neck!" Mama feels real bad about that lead paint exposure you suffered as a tot when you attempted to "part" the bath water, but really darling dearheart, claiming that if you don't approve of something, then God probably doesn't either is just plain sillykins! There's some logic behind the expression "God only knows" if you stop to think about it for a moment. Or perhaps, the expression was supposed to be "Only God knows!" Hmmmmm...Maybe God, the creator, means to different things to different people? In fact, it's quite possible that God is an old hippie with a doobie in one hand and a Gaga CD in the other. Mama doesn't know though, nobody does, because God only knows. Now say your prayers and skip off to bed. Sweet dreams baby boy.

    June 2, 2010 at 8:52 pm |
  10. david s.

    I'm a walking contradiction, I'm a republican that doesn't have a god, And likes her songs but not her, Pro 2nd amendment, and abortion. I like being in nature but, won't hesatate to cut down a tree. I hate the obamanation, and nancy p. She has A good voice and can write lyrics and sing it in a way that make you want to get down, I really don't care whats between her ears, or what she worship (Sado macasism) based on her videos.

    Go FOXNEWS

    June 2, 2010 at 8:48 pm |
    • righteous-in-Christ

      If I have a God, Lady Gaga has a Gold, yes, David s. you also have a God, but denounce Him. That's all you are doing as many Atheists fools! Don't want to recognize Him now, it will a terrible day for you when you come face to face with God and He will denounce you as you have done to Him. As long as you are breathing, you still have a chance to turn your life around and allow Jesus Christ to Redeem you from your sins.

      June 2, 2010 at 8:53 pm |
    • righteous-in-Christ

      I Meant to say:

      If I have a God, Lady Gaga has a God,

      June 2, 2010 at 9:01 pm |
  11. Justin

    i cant view the video from where i am right now, but if she truely is a "religious" person, then her salvation is between her and God. No one else. Saying that she's a bad role model because she dresses wierd/says she wants to kill herself at times... to me, that makes her someone i'd want my kids to know about. That even those with all the money in the world, those with fame and glamour even have problems and need to turn to the Lord. you people are just judging "lady gaga" not to help her, but to put yourselves above her. and for that you're wrong. She's not a perfect person, but neither is any person, myself included!

    June 2, 2010 at 8:45 pm |
    • righteous-in-Christ

      WELL SAID, JUSTIN!! I am so happy to see that as a gay person she is, she doesn't denounces God! It blessed me to see that in her!!

      LADY GAGA IS A WONDERFUL EXAMPLE FOR ALL GAY ATHEISTS! SHE BELIEVES IN GOD! THANK GOODNESS SHE ISN'T AN ATHEISTS

      June 2, 2010 at 9:24 pm |
    • SHAIARRA

      and then they can go with rnc to give their "root of all evil" to church 501 shelter of irs code so the top can live well

      June 3, 2010 at 2:17 am |
  12. think before you speak

    Reading the bible for yourself is an excellent idea. In fact, reading higher criticism and the bible together is an even better idea. Linking that together with books about middle eastern history, the Roman Empire, the Hellenistic Period, ancient philosophy, and mythology would be really superb.

    After you get a ways down your path of discovery, you'll become an atheist, and find true peace of mind.
    Hoorah for education.

    June 2, 2010 at 8:45 pm |
    • righteous-in-Christ

      There is not better book on the face of this world like the Word of God that leads, guides and directs us on our daily lives!

      You said: After you get a ways down your path of discovery, you'll become an atheist, and find true peace of mind.

      My comment: Really, become a miserable, disrespectful, hateful, lifeless fool? This is what "SOME" Atheists have proven! I know, I know, you are going to say the Christians too, well, you seem that all are the same, some maybe but most of us are not!

      June 2, 2010 at 9:21 pm |
    • think before you speak

      Christians may be moral, or they may be less than moral. Atheists may be moral, or they may be less than moral. It is a fundamental fact that no religion has done much to inform us about morality. The monotheistic religions are a little weak in the area of a consistent moral architecture. I don't think anyone can say much about the religions that Judaism displaced, since the region from which it came was fairly backward. It is safe to say that Christianity is a giant step backward from the four Hellenistic religions in terms of morality (and in terms of quality of the literature). Islam seems to be a giant step backward from Christianity. At least, they fixed the triune god nonsense.

      From an early age, I remember the quote (from Socrates) "An unexamined life is not worth living". That was around the time that I began to notice that the people around me that talked about god were a little dimmer than the others. As an adult, seeing the train wreak of post-Reagan American religiosity, I've begun to go back and read Bertrand Russell and the like. It's clear that in any age, the sheep are the "god-talkers" and the smart ones are the free thinkers. It was just as true in the time of Lucretius.

      The reason the god talkers have the upper hand throughout history is that they are uniformly prepared to bend the truth to advance their random set of supernatural beliefs.

      June 2, 2010 at 11:05 pm |
  13. step off

    I think it's hilarious how much breath is wasted, by people who hate her, arguing over what Lady Gaga is or is not.
    But, here's my two cents:
    I do believe, in a strange Gaga-esque way, she is a role model. She does have feminist sensibilities, strongly supports the HRC and gay rights in general, embraces and promotes individuality to her "little monsters" (and gives them an outlet to be themselves), and isn't busy overdosing, drunk driving, getting knocked up, getting divorced/cheating or committing crimes – like many celebrities today. She is fully committed to her work.
    As for her talent – she does in fact write or co-write her music (as well as music for other acts) and perform on piano (and synth as well on her record). She is a classically trained musician, and in fact even received early admission to NYU for music. She gigged around NYC and wasn't just handed this on a silver platter, and faced a lot of rejection because she wasn't the stereotypical pop star (a la britney).
    So, yeah, to me – a 20-something female – she is very much a role model to me in a quirky Gaga way.

    June 2, 2010 at 8:43 pm |
  14. Gar Bailey

    "Religion is crutch for the weak-minded". Fashion-wise, Gaga is a copy cat anyway, ala The Club Kids, Grace Jones, Warhol, Madonna, etc., and her music is just re-hashed Ibiza tech Disco from 20 years ago.. so it's no surprise she's been brain-washed by religion as well. Not a fan. Don't know why so many people think she's so revolutionary and strange.

    June 2, 2010 at 8:42 pm |
  15. NotReligious

    Amen Jerry. Jesus is the way the truth and the life. I can't take anyone seriously who says that at times they wish to kill themselves. If she is doing so well in her musical career and she is such a "musical icon" as everyone would like to say then why would you wish to commit suicide? Sorry but that's not the type of person I wish to influence my children. Being religious is a "buzz" word people lke to use to say they have morals or high standards and are in general "nice" people. But what she should be saying and isn't is that she has a relation with Jesus Christ. That is what counts. Taking a "ride on a disco stick" is about as Christ Centred as some of these Priests that can't even pray themselves out of pergatory. Sorry but if you don't acknowledge Jesus as your Lord and Saviour and start living for him there is no life and you are on your way to a godless hell. John 3:16. Don't take my word for it or anyone else, READ THE BIBLE FOR YOURSELF. John 8:31-32.

    June 2, 2010 at 8:19 pm |
    • righteous-in-Christ

      NotReligious – I am also not into religion, only into a relationship with Christ. How can you take anyone seriously rather they feel they want to take their lives at times? How are we supposed to be the light of this dark world when we have this type of thinking? We are to bring many to the feet of Christ for the salvation of their souls, be tolerant, patient, loving, and understanding. Don't forget where you came from, because we were not saved all our lives. We all have another side that no one else knows and it wasn't pretty. But, God in His rich Mercy, found us, cleanse us with the blood of Jesus Christ and set us free. He is so more ready to forgive than to condemn!

      June 2, 2010 at 8:49 pm |
    • righteous-in-Christ

      I meant to say:
      How can you "NOT" take anyone seriously, rather they feel they want to take their lives at times?

      June 2, 2010 at 9:12 pm |
    • NotReligious

      Allow me to better word my comment. How can I look to Lady Gaga as a role model when she does not regard or value her life. If she as a talented and gifted artist wishes to end her life due to her personal internal struggles – how is it that she can be someone to positively influence others? If you are in your hotel room one moment contemplating suicide and then 30 minutes later at a concert "putting on a show" and encouraging others to lose themselves in the moment and bliss of music. Where is the standard? If you can be unbalanced one moment and then become the voice of a generation that is already unstable as it is, is that not like the blind leading the blind? She is not the issue but rather what she represents and when she could be using her talent to bring glory to the One who has blessed her with all of his very best gifts. Should we condemn her? Of course not – we must pray for her. "Let he that has commited no sin cast the first stone." But we are called to be salt and light. We are called to bring the Good News. We are called to speak the truth "in love". Which is more of a reason that we cannot be comprimising on such basic principles. We were called out of darkness into his marvelous light and that in itself means that we should represent that in every area of our lives. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways. I can only pray that she becomes the woman God called her to be. She has a strong influence which is evident in a majority of these comments, which is even more important that much prayer goes up for her, because you cannot serve two masters.

      June 2, 2010 at 9:55 pm |
    • SHAIARRA

      DEAR SIR @RNCBIBLE SLAVERY LAWS ARE: KJV Exodus 20:17, is this holy Deuteronomy 5:21 is this justBEATING SLAVE AS $MONEY ,Exodus 21:20-21,is this salvation?Exodus 21:26-27,Emancipation of Slaves: Slaves in ancient Israel were automatically emancipated after 6 years of slavery, but only if they were Jewish. moralsHowever, if the slave owner "gave" the slave a wife, the owner could keep the wife and any children as his property.family unity?

      June 3, 2010 at 2:12 am |
  16. Alex

    I would not want my wife, daughter, sister, or mother dressing like Lady Gaga and showing herself to millions of people the way she does. If I would not want somebody I love to do this, why would God approve of Lady Gaga doing it??

    June 2, 2010 at 8:13 pm |
    • righteous-in-Christ

      Alex, dear, why do you think that God approves what Lady Gaga is doing? Lady Gaga approves what Lady Gaga does, not God! It's like say, God approves certain sins, when in fact God disapproves all types of sins that mankind approves! Mankind involves themselves in detestable sins!

      June 2, 2010 at 9:05 pm |
    • Venus

      Well Alex, last I checked, You are NOT God. I highly doubt you can speak for him and what he approves of. Honestly, there are several people on here who seem to think they can speak for God, or judge for God. I really don't care what any of you believe about your God, but I really can't stand to see a bunch of grown people arguing their judgement of others, and blatantly disrespecting huge chunks of the same Christianity they claim to believe in. Judge not lest ye be judged. Love God, Love your neighbor as yourself. Love your enemy. But who cares, when you can just ignore whatever you want and twist the rest to suit your purpose. Pay attention people. All this negativity and hatred spewed, and according to some of you, in the name of God, Christ, Jesus, or Jesus Christ. Is this truly how you believe God would like you to spend your time and energy. It is the same bible some of you keep quoting that clearly states that the GREATEST commandment is to LOVE. Just remember when you are so busy casting judgment on anyone or anything you don't approve of, you are being judged as well, and last I checked we are all sinners. So you may want to think twice about assuming you are better then the people you are judging, or that you will make it to heaven over them. We all sin, but as Christians I would think your aim would be to try to make better choices and decisions, then the choices that are being plastered all over these pages.

      As for Lady Gaga, she is not a priest, or your spiritual guide, she is an entertainer. That is her job, so let her do her job and stop assuming her job somehow dictates her religion or spirituality. We all have our own lives to live, jobs to do, choices to make, and paths to follow, so maybe just leave it at that. All of us have our own views of these things, and we all get confused and mixed up sometimes, even the most devout faithful followers. It seems kind of stupid to expect an entertainer to speak some profound clear enlightening statement about religion and spirituality.

      June 2, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
    • SHAIARRA

      GOOGLE "BIBLE SLAVERY" FOR BOTH QUOTES IN THE BIBLE AND HISTORY, NEVER DID THE BIBLE TELL THE SLAVE OWNERS TO FREE THEIR SLAVES, IT ALSO PERMIT A MAN TO SELL HIS FAMILY INTO SLAVERY TO PAY OFF HIS DEBTS, SO HOW MORAL IS THAT? THAT THE ABOMINATION, SLAVERY

      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: 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.

      Passages 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.
      Exodus 21:1-4, 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 1:44 am |
  17. think before you speak

    Ryan said there are only two possibilities about Jesus. There are a lot more than that. Since so much of the N.T. is anonymous people writing books and claiming they are somebody else (for example, Paul's name got used nearly twice as much as he wrote or dictated), one might consider the possibility that waves of semi-literate politicians in the armpit of the Roman Empire just decided to make the whole thing up. They didn't have much accuracy when they quoted the O.T. prophets, they stole ideas from the mystery religions left and right, and they kept changing their minds about what they wanted Jesus to say.

    It's a pretty obvious sham from the literary point of view alone. Not to mention the ridiculous additions of clearly false background info, like the "Roman census". I mean get real!

    June 2, 2010 at 8:11 pm |
    • jbm

      Not sure where you are getting your 'facts' from? Do a little credible history research.

      Just another Dan Brown devotee ... we sure love unfounded conspiracy theories in our culture!

      June 2, 2010 at 8:20 pm |
    • think before you speak

      Try Bart Ehrman or Robert M. Price. Lots of bible critics have different ideas about what they want to advance. After a while, it gets a little old because you can't seriously argue that a specific thing happened, however there are mountains of evidence that the bible isn't "The Inspired World of God", but a moving collection of myths that evolve through time. If it wasn't for the printing press and later, the computer, it would be evolving still. There are certainly enough bone heads around that want to make their mark, just like Irenaeus and boys of old. Thomas Jefferson wanted clean the voodoo out of the bible and Sarah Palin wants to double down on magic nonsense with glossolalia. If Thomas Jefferson were alive today, or any of the founding fathers, they would be the penultimate atheists. It is a shame that this country has drifted so far from its Enlightenment roots.

      June 2, 2010 at 9:13 pm |
    • SHAIARRA

      amen ra horus to that

      June 3, 2010 at 1:42 am |
  18. pockets

    Religion Poisons Everything

    June 2, 2010 at 8:08 pm |
    • jbm

      Really? Have you personally met all 'religious' people or are you just spouting the same line that most ignorant people do? What never gets covered in liberal media is the millions of dollars of aid/support that faith's raise for those in need.

      June 2, 2010 at 8:23 pm |
    • righteous-in-Christ

      Non religious and Non Christians do the same thing, so whats your point?

      June 2, 2010 at 8:44 pm |
    • jbm

      pockets said the religion poisons everything ... if read in context of the original statement, my point is that not all 'religious' folk are poisonous ... it was not to suggest only religious folk do good.

      June 2, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
    • SHAIARRA

      Amen Ra to that...............................sheep

      June 3, 2010 at 1:41 am |
  19. Rose

    Guess she's never heard of Unitarian...

    June 2, 2010 at 8:07 pm |
  20. sandy

    I think Gaga is a confused individual. She is an embarrassment to womanhood. But, the good news is that the God I serve is very forgiving, slow in anger and rich in love. You say you believe in God but you actions speak for themselves. Even the devil believes in God. So, the question is whether you are a model.

    June 2, 2010 at 8:05 pm |
    • righteous-in-Christ

      To God be the Honor, Glory, and Praise, for He is such a loving forgiving God.

      Sandy, if you know this, why judge her? How many gay people here can honestly proclaim that there is a God, rather they are religious or not?

      June 2, 2010 at 8:43 pm |
    • SHAIARRA

      the both of you .....FYI you serve a 501irs tax evading corporation....ok be real about where you go first.sheep

      June 3, 2010 at 1:39 am |
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