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The story of when King Princess first met Lady Gaga is seriously relatable

Vic Parsons October 29, 2019

King Princess performs during Austin City Limits Festival on October 04, 2019 in Texas. (Erika Goldring/FilmMagic)

King Princess has told the story of how she met Lady Gaga for the first time on her 19th birthday.

In an interview with Playboy for the release of her debut album, Cheap Queen, King Princess spoke about how Lady Gaga “introduced me to that world of theatricality and showmanship”.

She’d previously gushed about the artist, who spends considerable energy protecting the rights of her LGBT+ siblings.

“Her shows were so epic and expansive and it introduced me to that world of theatricality and showmanship,” King Princess said. “I was really compelled by it.”

When asked if she’d met Lady Gaga, she said, “Let me tell you a story.”

“I rolled through to this Lady Gaga concert at [Los Angeles venue] The Forum,” she said, with Mark Ronson – who produced Lady Gaga’s second album, Joanne, and whose label, Zelig Records, King Princess is signed to –and her best friend Josh in tow.

“We were fully sobbing the whole time because it reminded me of being a kid and going to a Gaga show, and being like ‘Oh my God, I’m gay’ – but I was so fucking stoned.”

Apparently, King Princess – real name Mikaela Straus – was arguing with Ronson over the idea of coming face-to-face with her idol – she argued that she’d smoked too much weed.

But it was too late, as they were already outside Lady Gaga’s dressing room door.

“She walks out with cut-off jean shorts and a blunt. I’m just gooped,” Straus said.

“She walks right up to me and says, ‘Hey, I’ve heard so much about you. I can’t wait to listen to your music.’ All I could say [in response] was, ‘I’m gay’, and then she held me. I went through a whole menstrual cycle and years of emotions in five minutes.”

King Princess has previously said that she gets “more respect” from men in the music industry because of being queer.

 

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