Like with most entertainment news, the story of Perez Hilton’s “sabotage” of Christina’s Aguilera’s Bionic hit the blogosphere first.
But then it was addressed–with a wink and a nod–by Aguilera herself.
Lady Gaga was asked by Andy Cohen of Bravo’s Watch What Happens to comment directly on the Aguilera comparisons that ignited her career:
She now admits:
“from the very beginning of when my career started there was all this controversy about the two of us and I always felt that it was very unfair to her.”
Gaga claims to have been an innocent bystander during this “very unfair” treatment of Aguilera–except, of course, she was its beneficiary and publicly fuelled it at the time:
“Christina Aguilera…there’s an obvious resemblance between the looks. Whether or not she was inspired by my work, doesn’t matter to me. It’s like, if she was, that’s great.”
She didn’t seem to think it was “very unfair” then; in fact, she oh-so-slyly publicly agreed with and furthered it.
Compare that to how she describes it now when Cohen pressed on by asking: “The controversy was that people said she released an album that was kind of chasing your sound. Is that what it was?”
“I don’t…I don’t…All I know is that people were talking about Christina Aguilera and Lady Gaga in the same sentence [pauses] and I was nobody, so…. I just think it’s very unfair of anyone to pit another woman against another woman […] uh… you know from me to her I’m so sorry for anything that anyone ever said to her because of my existence and I hope she never felt any way about it because when I was 15 I was singing I Turn To You at the top of my lungs trying to hit all her notes. So she was an inspiration to me to have a wider vocal range and I just think it’s all just total nonsense the way they do that.”
In Gaga’s revision of events, she is “so sorry” for the “very unfair” pitting of her and Aguilera. She thinks “it’s all just total nonsense” the way “they” do that.
Here’s another look at what Gaga herself actually said and did at the time: