Gaga: Five Foot Two is a documentary about Lady Gaga that premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival but has since been released to interested individuals through Netflix. The relationship of trust between Lady Gaga and the documentarian Chris Moukarbel meant that it is packed with behind-the-scenes footage, resulting in a more intimate look at the performer than otherwise possible.
Here are 5 things that we learned about Lady Gaga from Five Foot Two:
Suffers from Chronic Pain
As it turns out, Lady Gaga suffers from fibromyalgia, which consists of chronic bouts of pain that can come with fatigue, sleep issues, and other serious problems. The medical condition can start up because of something traumatic, which in Lady Gaga’s case, happened to be the time when she broke her hip. Unfortunately, there is no treatment for fibromyalgia, while some of the methods used to manage it such as rest, relaxation, and stress management are complicated by her career of choice.
Has Mixed Feelings about Madonna
On the one hand, Lady Gaga still respects Madonna as a performer. On the other hand, she is less than pleased by Madonna’s choice to call her “reductive” through an interview because as a New Yorker with Italian heritage, she feels that people should voice their complaints about other people up front and in person.
Is More Confident Now
Lady Gaga states that she has increased confidence in herself compared to when she was still starting out. As a result, she has fewer of her insecurities, which in turn, means that she is no longer willing to put up with nonsense when it comes to either her personal or her professional relationships with men. This is notable because Lady Gaga states that she had to put up with a lot of poor treatment from male producers throughout the course of her career, which is not limited to her but rather endemic in the music industry as a whole.
Likes Surprising People
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Lady Gaga states that she likes to confound her audiences instead of conforming to their expectations. In the past, this meant some rather dramatic choices when it came to her costuming. In more modern times, that has become something that is expected of her, which is why she is favoring simpler outfits. With that said, she is still putting her attention to detail to use, as shown by the fact that she had the lining to her jacket changed at one point because of how the choice of material would affect the rate at which her arm would move while playing an instrument.
Strolled through a Walmart to Check Up on Her Album At One Point
Amusingly, Lady Gaga went into a Walmart to see whether her latest album was selling or not at one point. This led to a moment of concern for her when it turned out that a cashier had no idea what she was talking about when she asked whether they had the new Lady Gaga album in stock, but by the time that the store manager stepped in, people started to realize that she was actually Lady Gaga asking about the new Lady Gaga album, which resulted in a lot of people asking for autographs.