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Saturday 16 December 2017

Gaga's 'Princess Die' song set to cause royal storm

LADY Gaga is no stranger to controversy -- but her latest song about the death of Princess Diana could cause a royal storm.

Performing the song Princess Die for the first time at a concert in Melbourne, Australia, Gaga told her fans that the piano ballad reflected the most "deep and personal thoughts I've ever had".

She then sang: "Princess Die, I wanna see you cry, and wish that I would go, in my rich boyfriend's limo.

"Right after he proposed, with a 16-carat stone wrapped in rose gold, with the paparazzi all swarming round."

There was no hiding the fact that Gaga was singing about the fatal car crash in which Diana died alongside her lover Dodi Fayed as they drove through a tunnel in Paris.

Gaga is expected to include the song in her playlist for her Dublin gig at the Aviva Stadium in September.

The lyrics also referred to the claims that Dodi had given Diana an engagement ring prior to the crash.

The 26-year-old singer, who hails from New York, also makes reference to Diana's style in the song, singing: "In my Louis Vuitton white button-down ... so bob head your head for another dead blonde."



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Gaga, real name Stefani Germanotta, has spoken of her admiration for Diana. "Diana was the most iconic martyr of fame," she said, adding: "She died because of it."

She has also admitted to fears that she will die in a similar fashion.

A source close to Gaga said that "she has always been absolutely fixated on Diana and sees herself as a 21st-century incarnation of her".

They added: "Gaga has had dreams about dying the same way as her and has genuine fears that her fame could literally kill her, either in a chase or at the hands of crazies."

Her latest offering has also attracted controversy due to the mention of suicide in her lyrics, with suicide charities slamming the line: "I wish that I was strong, I wish that I was wrong, I wish that I could cope but I took some pills and left a note."

Chris Wagner, the communications director for Lifeline, said the song sent a concerning message to Gaga's fans.

"It doesn't actually have any message of hope, of help seeking, or anything of a positive nature whatsoever," he said.

"We understand artistic licence and we get artistic expression, but celebrities need to recognise that they're role models for young people in the community."

Lady Gaga said that the Princess Die song could be released on her upcoming third album.

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