Friday 15 December 2017

Paparazzi get nada from Gaga

Pop queen slips into country and hides out at luxury hotel

Lady Gaga performs at the O2 in Dublin during The Monster Ball Tour. Photo: PA
Lady Gaga performs at the O2 in Dublin during The Monster Ball Tour. Photo: PA
A scene from Lady Gaga's The Monster Tour in the Dublin O2. Photo: PA
Lady Gaga on stage at the O2 in Dublin last night

Grainne Cunningham

THEY sought her here, they sought her there -- but yesterday Stefani Germanotta, aka Lady Gaga, proved as elusive as the Scarlet Pimpernel.

For a woman not given to hiding her light under a bushel, the flamboyant queen of pop evaded efforts by the paparazzi to track her down in Dublin before the first of her three sold-out concerts at the 02 last night.

Rumours that the megastar had opted to travel by the less than glamorous ferry prompted a small stake-out at Dublin port -- but photographers failed to snap the singer's arrival.

And there was no shopping spree on Grafton Street to replenish the singer's outrageous wardrobe. Instead, she was believed to have spent the day enjoying the surroundings of the luxurious Four Seasons Hotel in Ballsbridge, where she is staying in the hotel's most exclusive suite.

And judging by her rather holistic list of special requests, there was unlikely to have been any guitar-smashing or room-wrecking rock'n'roll behaviour.

An insider said: "The hotel had a call from one of her assistants on Friday with a number of requests. They booked out a huge number of rooms for her and her dancers.

Requests

"They had a small number of special requests including that a bikram yoga and pilates expert be available round the clock as apparently she sometimes likes to wind down by working out after a show."

Bikram yoga, also known as hot yoga, is performed in 40- degree heat, promoting profuse sweating and burning up to 600 calories an hour.

"They also asked for a constant supply of fresh fruit and bottles of water at room temperature," the insider added.

But while she apparently likes to create a sanctuary in her hotel room, her dressing room demands include an oxygen tank and two bottles of white wine, manuka honey and organic ginger and lemongrass tea.

But there was no mention of the bottle of Jameson she has claimed she downs every night after her shows.

Lady Gaga said she used the Irish whiskey to help her write her new album.

The pop singer plays the O2 arena again tonight and Friday.

Meanwhile, the star has set a new record for YouTube, having racked up more than one billion overall views of her material on the video-sharing website.

Tweeting to her seven million followers on Twitter she said: "We reached one billion views on YouTube little monsters!"

Irish Independent

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