When we heard the news about Gaga’s special book of photos last week – to be snapped by Mr Terry Richardson, also known as Naughty Terry – we were a bit sarcastic, talking about how one day she’ll be as famous as her idol Madonna, and all that. Although, we think she may well have overtaken her in ‘most famous in the year 2011 stakes’; clearly only time will tell if she can make it in ‘popstars of ridiculous longevity’ category.
Anyway, we almost forgot why we started writing this – OH YES! Lady Gaga has sent out her words on the subject in order to tantalise her fans into pre-ordering the thing on Amazon. Here’s what she said;
‘I didn’t hold anything back from Terry. He was with me every minute, every moment. He has photographs of me waking up in the morning, brushing my teeth, in the bathroom, in the bathtub. And the thing about Terry, if you know anything about his photography, is that nothing is staged.
What I love so much about Terry is that he thinks everything is so beautiful. I’m always, 'Oh Terry, get out of here,' and he’s like, 'Oh, it’s so beautiful, let me just shoot it.' I felt so comfortable with Terry. I love him so much. He’s a really close friend, and I feel honoured that he travelled with me.
My favourite thing, honestly, is that he loved the fans. He shot the fans the same way he shot me: with no pretence. No “Well, she’s put out records and they haven't.” None of that. The music was all of ours. He would come backstage and he would say, “Oh my God, the fans!” And I’d say, “I know what you just photographed.” And he’d say, “Baby, wow!” And then he’d film me, like, peeing in a cup and, like, ridiculous things.’
Well, we’ve ALL been photographed doing THAT, haven’t we? ? ? ?*
We wonder who is the worst influence on who here. Terry’s reputation is caddish, to put it mildly, but by the same token, it doesn’t sound as though Gaga needed too much encouragement before whipping out her wee-cup and cheekiest smile, do you?
*(No? Not even at a festival?)