Not all that glitters is gold in the Haus of Lady Gaga.
The “Just Dance” singer’s ascension to pop superstardom, built on a dazzling mix of hard-edged shoulder pads, “f— you” industry soundbites and an honest relationship with her legions of devoted fans (read: little monsters) didn’t happen overnight. As revealed in the new trailer for her upcoming Netflix documentary “Gaga: Five Foot Two,” the pop princess is left raw and vulnerable during her years-long hiatus as she is forced to pay the piper for her overwhelming worldwide success.
Even the most die-hard Gaga devotee would be floored by the vulnerability shown in the feature.
The fly-on-the-wall camera styling shows Gaga receiving medical injections for her chronic pain, crying in bed, lamenting lost love, reflecting on the internal pressures of the industry and sobbing over the paradoxical loneliness of being loved by millions.
Speaking with Apple Music’s Zane Lowe: “Paranoia, fear, body pain, anxiety.” “I go from everyone touching me all day, talking at me all day to total silence,” she adds between broken sobs. “And all these people will leave, and then I’ll be alone.”
The documentary flips between Gaga’s personal life and her poised career comeback in the release of “Joanne,” following her hiatus after “Artpop” debuted to harsh critical reviews. The transformation of the singer’s larger-than-life persona to one of a stripped-down, subdued artist is beautifully captured by filmmaker Chris Moukarbel of “Banksy Does New York” fame. Addressing the experience, Moukarbel remarked, “I had a rare opportunity to create a portrait of an artist with such an open heart and mind. I feel really lucky that Gaga trusted me and my vision.”
“Gaga: Five Foot Two” premieres on Netflix this Friday, Sept. 22.