As the self-described "Mother Monster," Lady Gaga has become one of the most public and vocal voices in the fight for equality within the gay community. But, as she found out late into her alarmingly short post-MuchMusic Video Awards backstage Q&A, not all of her "monsters" are so pleased about her place among the movement's public leaders.
"I would say that I am just part of the voice." A somewhat taken aback Gaga told a packed press room after agreeing to field a question from the "gay press" at fab magazine regarding her "taking over gay rights." "I've always had gay friends and I have been very involved in the gay community since I was young and I feel a moral obligation to defend my fanbase and make the world a better place."
"If some people don't want to be defined by me as their mother, that's wonderful," she continued. "I don't view it in that way. I view it as being part of the generation, not as the leader."
Celebrating her duel award wins -- for International Video of the Year for 'Judas' and UR Fave International Video for 'Born This Way' -- the fashion-obsessed Gaga also revealed that she hopes to start her own clothing line sometime in the future.
"I would love to have a line, quite honestly I would love to have a line where I could stop making music for a while, maybe a year, and really devote my time to it," the Versace-sporting fashion icon told reporters. "But that's not going to happen for a while because I'm really obsessed with songwriting right now -- I'm already writing new music."
Sadly, neither the recent death of E Street Band saxophonist Clarence "Big Man" Clemons, her friend and collaborator, nor the recent Twitter battle between her fans and fellow MMVA performers the Black Keys were raised during the Q&A, though the New York-based singer did manage to discuss her apartment, which she has lived in since her pre-fame days.
"I wrote so much music in that place, I got so inspired living there. Part of me is terrified that if I leave, the courage and feeling of survival in New York City will leave my spirit," she deadpanned. "[My apartment] grounds me. It's nice to get into the bathtub and there's no hot water. I'm like, 'F---, that's real life.'"