A scene from Lady Gaga's "911" video. Today, she delighted Little Monsters everywhere with its premiere.
In a post on Instagram, Gaga explained what the video meant to her, stating: "This short film is very personal to me, my experience with mental health and the way reality and dreams can interconnect to form heroes within us and all around us".
In a shocking twist at the end of the film, we learn that Gaga's villa fantasy is just that. Let us know your take (below) in the comments! The clip opens with Gaga, wearing religious clothing, apparently stranded in a desert before she follows a unusual horseman to a nearby temple. "Holding on so tight to this status, it's not real, but I'll try to grab it. Keep myself in lovely places, paradise is in my hands".
In a previous interview, Gaga stated that "911" was written about her experience taking a prescribed antipsychotic medication called Olanzapine after enduring a psychotic break.
Lady Gaga during her SUper Bowl 51 Halftime Show in 2017
She recalled: "I would cry and go, 'There it is - hi!"
The lyrics of the song read, "My biggest enemy is me, pop a 911/ My biggest enemy is me, pop a 911". She tells Cowan she has come to terms with her persona and herself. "No, I'm right here", she says. We had it nearly pitch-black in the studio.
"I used to wake up every day and remember I was Lady Gaga - and then I would get depressed", the superstar told Billboard, for a cover story for its latest issue.
Gaga also thanked her team and said, "It's been years since I felt so alive in my creativity to make together what we did with 911". Do I think there's such a thing as performative activism? Yes. I really wanted to respect that.