Lady Gaga’s new single hints at the end of her romance with actor Taylor Kinney.
The U.S. superstar has returned to the pop world with Perfect Illusion, her first solo track in three years. Gaga and actor Kinney ended their engagement after five years together in July (16).
The singer made her long-awaited comeback on Friday after a three-year absence from making solo music, dropping her new song and performing a secret set in a tiny North London venue.
Her new song references a failed romance in the chorus hook: “It wasn’t love, it wasn’t love, it was a perfect illusion,” but Gaga explains while part of the song is about the type of love she has experienced, it’s not just about her personal romance.
“It is about love. Of course it is,” the singer explained in an interview with The Sun newspaper. “It is about all kinds of relationships, every kind of love in your life and mine.
“And I think it’s both sides – it’s not really from the woman’s perspective this song – it was important to me that men, when they heard this song, felt connected to women even though the song is essentially about a barrier between us.”
It’s also been billed as a commentary on the fickle nature of social media, and Gaga explained the song is about “how I believe that many of us are wondering why so many fake things that are around us appear to be real. They appear to be so real and it’s almost impossible to decipher anymore what is authentic and what isn’t.”
The single was premiered on BBC Radio 1’s Breakfast Show with Nick Grimshaw, and within hours was No.1 on the iTunes chart in more than 60 countries.
While it seems her comeback is assured, Gaga is less confident about finding love, as the Poker Face singer admitted she is struggling in that department.
“It’s not that easy to meet new people. I still make friends… it’s just not as easy as it used to be, I guess,” she shrugged.