To those of you who guessed “Perfect Illusion” was written about Lady Gaga's ex-fiancé, Taylor Kinney: Congratulations, you were right.
To those of you who guessed “Perfect Illusion” was written about a Magic Eye book in an optometrist's waiting room: Look sharp, idiots.
In July, the couple announced they'd be taking a break. On Instagram, the singer asked fans to “root us on,” insisting she and her actor bae were “just like everybody else" and "really love each other.”
Gaga told E! News,
I would just say that my music on my album as well as all my albums is inspired by my personal life and this one more than others… I have said it before — I love Taylor so much and he's my best friend.
It's stressful to consider lyrics like, “It wasn't love. It was a perfect illusion,” apply to this particular couple, but life is complicated, nothing is sacred and a third sad cliché.
The music video for “Perfect Illusion” majorly underscores the song's aggression, with Gaga whipping a mic above a crowd of screaming fans.
And pony-whipping her bandmates.
And dirt-rolling through the desert.
This video is a performance of a song that I wrote of that moment about how I feel, but how I'm sure he's felt sometimes, how you have felt sometimes, how other people feel in relationships, how I see my friends struggle and become just full of rage and anger as they try to figure out how to date during a time when everybody's sort of creating these perfect illusions of themselves on the internet and nobody really knows what's real and what isn't… It's about all of that.
She said “nothing was choreographed” or rehearsed, insisting “everything… was just completely in the moment — pure, raw.”
Though her recent separation hasn't been easy, Mother Monster still plans to revolutionize our technology-obsessed society with Joanne.
When asked whether cell phone-free contact is extinct, she admitted,
It's not extinct because through me and through this album, I will make it un-extinct… That is my dream.