Madonna wanted to grab as many headlines as possible when she kicked off her world tour in Tel Aviv last month, so of course she stoked the embers of her alleged feud with pop star Lady Gaga. The so-called Material Girl sang ..."She's Not Me" to a mashup of her 1989 hit "Express Yourself" and Gaga's 2010 anthem "Born This Way," drawing attention to the nearly identical chord progressions in the songs yet again. Listen up, world: Madge is Not. Over. It.
But Gaga is. The younger pop star seemed to address the latest jabs during a performance in Auckland, New Zealand on Sunday in a speech to the audience when she bluntly stated, "You could never invalidate the power of 'Born This Way.' I don’t want to be your f**king queen, I want to be your friend."
Midway through a piano-based rendition of her self-love song "Hair," Gaga mused, "It sometimes makes people feel better about themselves to put other people down or make fun of them or maybe make mockery of their work. And that doesn't make me feel good at all. That just makes me feel like I'm not being a good human being. I feel like if you're a really good human being, you can try to find something beautiful in every single person, no matter what."
I don't even want to fight back because it's more important to me to keep writing music. Because that's really all I care about, is the music," Gaga insisted. After explaining that her fan base wouldn't want her to be "shady or c**ty," she added, "things are really different than they were 25 years ago, and that's what makes 'Born this Way' so relevant for me. We're socially in a different place and it's OK, we don't have to all slice and hate each other anymore."
Gaga also got hit in the head with a very heavy-looking metal pole as she performed "Judas." Though she was pretty sure she'd suffered a concussion, Gaga made her way through 16 more songs before calling it a night.
Meanwhile, Madonna has moved on from bashing Lady Gaga for the time being because she can get just as much attention by flashing one of her breasts and miming masturbation.