By Elizabeth C.
FOR A POP STAR WHO BOASTS OF BEING ON “DRUNK DIET” in one breath and a “Body Revolution” the next, it’s clear Lady Gaga has body image issues. So much so that when a weight gain of 30 pounds generated blather on the web, the self-acclaimed anti-bully lashed out, and in doing so, threw subtle shade at Adele.
Mother Monster let her mask slip while talking to Stylist UK:
“I was acutely aware of some photos on the internet — my mom called me and was like, ‘Did you gain weight?’ — everybody was telling me about it, and I didn’t really care. I thought, well I don’t really care if they think I’m fat, because, quite honestly, I did gain about 30 pounds. Adele is bigger than me — how come nobody says anything about it? She’s so wonderful and I think her confidence is something I have to match.”
To which I’ve gotta say: Well, Gaga, you should pull your head out of your peephole every once in a while because Adele’s weight has made her a target, most prominently when designer Karl Lagerfeld pointedly called the new mum “fat.”
The famous anti-bully ought to know that she shouldn’t compare herself to others, and in particular to Adele whose voice and depth dwarf Gaga’s derivative pop schtick. “I don’t make music for eyes,” the British songstress told Rolling Stone last year. “I make music for ears.”
Nor does Adele have a contrived bone in her Rubenesque body, compared to Gaga who flashes her flesh all the time as part of her commercial package. The Born This Way singer has gone so far as to appear in topless several times, a stunt that tends to draw commentary about the body. Can you recall when Adele flashed some boob for attention?
I don’t want to be too hard on Stephanie, who’s confessed to struggling with bulimia. But how can you convince someone to finally become comfortable in their own skin?