Lady Gaga revealed the new artwork to her upcoming single, “Applause “, which premiers on August 19. The Born This Way singer also spoke to Women’s Wear Daily about the seriousness of her recent injury.
Gaga’s ARTPOP artwork was shot by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin. She is seen in artistic face paint straight from her upcoming music video. “It’s the end of the night after the show,” said Lady Gaga. “When I look at it I see that there is a longing for the applause. I see that there is a void that is leaking onstage, that the performer is leaking, that the art is sort of becoming something else in front of your eyes. Something more human, something more honest.”
The singer has been out of the spotlight due to her surgical procedure. “My injury was actually a lot worse that just a labral tear,” she tells Women’s Wear Daily. “I had broken my hip. Nobody knew, and I haven’t even told the fans yet. But when we got all the MRIs finished before I went to surgery there were giant craters, a hole in my hip the size of a quarter, and the cartilage was just hanging out the other side of my hip. I had a tear on the inside of my joint and a huge breakage. The surgeon told me that if I had done another show I might have needed a full hip replacement. I would have been out at least a year, maybe longer.”
Gaga explains that it took six months for her to train her brain and body. During this time, she worked on creative projects to prepare for the upcoming album, ARTPOP.