The 2011 Lady Gaga interview blowout

In 2011, when Lady Gaga was the most exciting popstar on the planet, I flew to Las Vegas to do the first big interview for the Born This Way era. Except it was more than one interview: the agreement was that I’d write an NME cover story, plus a Time Out cover story, plus an album review for The Word. She was so extraordinary and so completely at the top of her game that there were 10,000 words of chat left over, so I published those in a limited edition Popjustice newspaper.

I’d met Gaga a few times before: she was my favourite popstar, and I guess I was one of the journalists she’d identified as trustworthy. I still can’t believe the generosity of the package she sent me when my first daughter was born. But I kind of fucked it all with the NME piece — she didn’t speak to me again after that. I don’t think it’s ever sensible as a writer to think you’re friends with artists you’re friendly with, but at the same time I do regret how it all turned out. Maybe one day I’ll get to explain it all to her…