Lady Gaga Defends Miley Cyrus: “Lighten Up and Leave Her Alone!”
Strength in solidarity! Two weeks after Miley Cyrus made headlines for her raunchy and over-the-top MTV Video Music Awards performance, one of the night's other showstoppers—Lady Gaga—came to her defense during the Sept. 11 episode of Bravo's Watch What Happens Live.
When host Andy Cohen asked the 27-year-old "Applause" singer about Cyrus' provocative "We Can't Stop/Blurred Lines" medley, she replied, "I mean, I just think everybody need to lighten up and leave her alone. Because it's pop music. Everybody's entitled to their own artistic expression, and if you have a problem with it, just change the channel."
Gaga—no stranger to controversy herself—argued that Cyrus' persecution in the media and online has been unfair. "I don't understand the incessant need to constantly go on and on about hating things all the time because, what, she's 20 years old? And if anything, I give her props," the native New Yorker said. "You know, she's growing up in front of the entire world and maybe she's not so happy with stuff she did in her career when she was younger and she wants to be free, so let her do what she wants."
During the Watch What Happens Live after show, Gaga also cleared up rumors about her alleged feud with another pop star. "I'm a very big fan of Christina Aguilera," she told Cohen. "From the very beginning of when my career started, there was all this controversy about the two of us. I always felt that it was very unfair."
She continued, "All I know is that people were talking about Christina Aguilera and Lady Gaga in the same sentence, and I was nobody! I just think it's very unfair of anyone to pit another woman against another woman, especially in the space of music when we are all just trying to be taken seriously."
"Christina is an incredible vocalist and an incredible artist," she added. "From me to her, I'm so sorry for anything that anyone ever said to her because of my existence. And I hope that she never felt any way about it, because when I was 15, I was singing ‘I Turn to You' at the top of my lungs trying to hit all her notes. So she was an inspiration to me to have a wider vocal range, and I just think it's all total nonsense the way that they do that."
Gotta love girls who stick together!
Miley Cyrus A 'Genius'? Find Out How She Won Over French Montana
Among the hip-hop heavyweights Miley Cyrus recruited for her October 8 album release, Bangerz, the twerking queen hit the studio with French Montana for a track titled "FU."
On Tuesday, the same day the news broke, French sat down with MTV News and explained how he ended up working with the "Wrecking Ball" singer.
"Oh man, I was in L.A. and she happened to be doing the 'Ain't Worried About Nothing' remix for me and she came by the studio," he recalled. "She was letting me hear her album, which is crazy, and we was going through a couple tracks to see which one I fit on."
He continued, "Then she played the 'FU' one and I fell in love with it. We just went in there, we did it. We did it together. She kind of showed me the ideas of the video, how she wanted to shoot the video and everything. I fell in love with that record. She's a genius."
With nothing really known about the track, French then broke down what inspired the tune. "It's two letters 'F' [and] 'U.' It's about you just got two letters for somebody when you get down to that [point], you got two words for somebody," he teased. "It's just about somebody, when somebody break your heart or something [and] you're in a relationship and it went sour and so you only got two letters for them, 'F' [and] 'U'."
French joins folks like Big Sean, Nelly and Future (as well as pop queen Britney Spears) on the standard issue of the album, as well as Ludacris and Pharrell, who will appear on deluxe issue tracks. And, he thinks he might know why everyone wants to work with the "We Can't Stop" singer these days, even if she can get a bit bossy in the studio.
"Man, I just feel like if you really chill with her and really get to know her she's totally different from what you expect," he said. "She like to have fun; she cool. She's positive and she's a genius with music. A lot of people don't know that about her. She's hands-on with it. I'm in the booth and she's telling me to 'Do it like this, do it like that; I like this, I like that'."
He added that when fans do finally hear "FU," they just might be surprised. "I just feel like it's a great marriage, either way," he said. "Everybody she doing music with, it's a great thing."