I think he planned the whole thing: Right after he died, I wrote ‘Born This Way.' I think he's up in heaven with fashion strings in his hands, marionetting away, planning this whole thing.”
Supporting Gaga's claim was the decision by the label – not Gaga herself – to move up the release date for “Born This Way,” ultimately to the exact day of the one-year anniversary of McQueen's death. “When I heard that, I knew he planned the whole damn thing. I didn't even write the fucking song. He did!”
Not everyone is content to listen to her mystic ramblings. Lucy Jones for The Telegraph responds,
“Marionetting away?” “Fashions strings in his hands?” This is a man who hanged himself in a wardrobe a little over a year ago. He was alone, depressed and grieving for his mother. Any respect the singer should have for his family and friends is disregarded in a desperate effort to provide outrageous copy. McQueen's suicide was a great sadness for Britain and the fashion world. How dare she have the audacity to claim the designer's exceptional work is on a par with her tinny pop? This callous opportunist should show some respect.
Photo: Harper's Bazaar/Terry Richardson
Graham Spicer is a writer, director and photographer in Milan, blogging (under the name ‘Gramilano') about dance, opera, music and photography for people “who are a bit like me and like some of the things I like”. He was a regular columnist for Opera Now magazine and wrote for the BBC until transferring to Italy.
His scribblings have appeared in various publications from Woman's Weekly to Gay Times, and he wrote the ‘Danza in Italia' column for Dancing Times magazine.