Speaking out after the Pope’s attack on France’s proposals to introduce equal marriage, Lady Gaga says “gay marriage is going to happen” regardless of what the Pope says.

On Friday, the Pope visited France to address 32 bishops and said: “Marriage and the family are institutions that must be promoted and defended from every possible misrepresentation of their true nature, since whatever is injurious to them is injurious to society itself.”

Speaking slowly to allow a simultaneous translator to keep up with her, Lady Gaga today told Europe 1 radio: “I think that gay marriage is going to happen. It must. We are not actually equal — humanity — if we are not allowed to freely love one another.”
After being asked on the Pope’s recent comments, Lady Gaga said: “What the Pope thinks of being gay does not matter to the world. It matters to the people who like the Pope and follow the Pope. … It is not a reflection of all religious people.”

Lady Gaga has long been associated with LGBT rights. Her single Born This Way was hailed as ”the new gay anthem” by Sir Elton and features lyrics including: “No matter gay, straight, or bi/ Lesbian, transgendered life/ I’m on the right track, baby” and “Don’t be a drag, just be a queen.”

Lady Gaga announced the launch of the Born This Way Foundation last November to tackle bullying.

In a statement at the time Lady Gaga said: “My mother and I have initiated a passion project. We call it the Born This Way Foundation. Together we hope to establish a standard of Bravery and Kindness, as well as a community worldwide that protects and nurtures others in the face of bullying and abandonment.” She added that the foundation will work towards “youth empowerment and equality by addressing issues like self-confidence, well-being, anti-bullying, mentoring and career development and will utilise digital mobilisation as one of the means to create positive change.”

Gaga has long been a campaigner against bullying. In September she met with US president Barack Obama to talk about the issue of homophobic bullying.