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One of Lady Gaga’s biggest hits is actually an ode to bisexuality.
At a recent performance of her Las Vegas residency, Jazz & Piano, Gaga revisited one of her favourite stories from her early career.
“Poker Face”, the star has confirmed on multiple occasions, is about “poker facing with your sexuality”.
Specifically, she told Jonathan Ross in 2009, she wrote the song because she would often “think about women” while “having sex with her boyfriend.”
Gaga explained the song again on The Ellen Show in 2011, telling the host that she was inspired by her attraction to women, and that she was “thinking about women” at the time.
Revisiting the story during her Vegas show, Gaga revealed that her boyfriend at the time called her after the Ellen interview and said: “Do you know I had to explain this to my mother?”
Turning to her fans, Gaga joked: “What, that there’s people that are gay?”
Lady Gaga is proudly bisexual. During a 2013 release party for her album Artpop she said: “You know what? It’s not a lie that I am bisexual and I like women, and anyone that wants to twist this into ‘she says she’s bisexual for marketing’, this is a f**king lie. This is who I am and who I have always been.”
Though she is an outspoken advocate for LGBT+ rights, Gaga’s bisexuality is constantly erased, something she has addressed previously.
Speaking outside the Stonewall Inn in 2019, she said she feels that to some, she “may not even be considered a part of the community”.
Many of Lady Gaga’s songs are about the freedom of sexual and gender identity, including the anthem “Born This Way”, which is often played at gay clubs and Pride parades, “Judas” and “G.U.Y”.