Lady Gaga has had lots of musical influences in her life — like Queen, Madonna and David Bowie.
But she also idolizes Michael Jackson, and will not say anything negative about him, even through all the controversy surrounding “Leaving Neverland,” the film where Wade Robson and James Safechuck said that they were sexually abused by Jackson when they were kids.
The documentary continues to split fans — some decided they were done with him, while it only spurred on others to like him more as an artist. There’s even a film that’s meant to rebut the allegations in “Leaving Neverland,” called “Michael Jackson: Chase the Truth.”
In 2013, Lady Gaga tweeted a message: “The bigger the star, the bigger the target,” and attributed the quote to Jackson. Basically she was saying that since Jackson has always been in the spotlight — whether good or bad — he’s been open to controversies about his life and his actions.
Lady Gaga has let us in on some of her thoughts, but not many. In a 2011 interview, she said about the “Thriller” singer: “I never didn’t love [Jackson]. Through all of the media drama and the nonsense, I never didn’t love Michael. I always, always loved Michael.”
Her comments came after Jackson was acquitted on charges of child molestation.
"The bigger the star, the bigger the target" – Michael Jackson
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) August 22, 2013
Gaga was even supposed to open for Jackson on a tour, and was planning to work on some duets with Jackson, but it was not to be.
In 2012, to avoid Jackson’s clothing going up on auction, Gaga bought dozens of items of his clothing, making sure they would be kept at the proper temperature to keep them in good condition for a long time to come.
Gaga told Stern:
“With Michael, the fact that he’s not here and that his clothes are being sold made me feel really uncomfortable. And it made me feel very upset.”
Earlier this month, Oprah shared a video of her and Gaga after the singer opened up to her during Oprah’s 2020 Vision Tour.
But fans didn’t forget that last year, Oprah created a special called “After Neverland,” where she interviewed Robson and Safechuck about the scandal and the decision to make these allegations against Jackson.
Under the post of Gaga and Oprah sharing an emotional moment after the Vision tour, @Yaminatoday wrote:
“Watch the new Amazon Prime documentary Chase the Truth! It explains what James and Wade lied about in Leaving Neverland. Thank you @PrimeVideo for NOT joining the Oprah lynch mob against Michael Jackson. Oh, and happy New Year everyone. Kisses.”
So far, Gaga has not been swayed from her opinion.
Fort Lauderdale, thank you for your warmth and fantastic generosity. And @ladygaga: Your willingness to ‘go there’ with your vulnerability opened all our hearts today. #Oprahs2020VisionTour pic.twitter.com/oN77amjNw3
— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) January 5, 2020