Sir Elton John is worried about his friend, Lady Gaga and her recent weight loss. How do I know this? Because, instead of privately speaking to Gaga about his concerns, John turned to the Guardian. Perhaps, Mr. John, this was not the best way to approach the subject, considering Gaga has admitted to struggling with bulimia in the past.
John told the Guardian that Gaga, who has been hitting the gym a lot in preparation for her upcoming tour, doesn’t eat enough, and that he was worried about her recent weight loss. From the article:
I talk to her mum and dad about it. They worry. She is frail, and she doesn’t eat when she should do, and she’s a girl, and it’s tougher for a girl. She works really hard. She will be in Denmark one night and Saudi Arabia the next. I know how tiny she is and I do worry about her, yes.
It’s nice that Gaga has friends that are worried about it–if she’s still trying to overcome her eating disorder while wearing impossibly tiny outfits onstage and trying to survive an absolutely batcrackers schedule, she’ll need them–and it’s good to know that, at least ostensibly, her parents are involved. But does that mean John should open up about her weight to a newspaper?
Maybe he has spoken with the pop star privately, and his comment about her weight was after loads of needling from the interviewer to speak on the subject. But it seems disrespectful and somewhat opportunistic for a friend to make statements like that to the media when someone, like Gaga, has battled with low self-esteem and body image issues so publicly.
Additionally, by most accounts, what Gaga is doing for her healthy these days is actually pretty solid–she’s regularly lifting weights with a trainer, doing Bikram yoga, and dancing like mad–which makes it seem like John is less worried, and more interested in getting more publicity for his own interview by talking about her weight.
Elton (can I call you Elton?), because we aren’t friends and I can’t practice what I preach, here, I’m going to ask you nicely (and publicly): if you’re concerned about your friend Lady Gaga and her weight loss, in the future, instead of talking about how she doesn’t eat and igniting the online rumor mill, invite her over to dinner and have a conversation with her about it. That’s what a friend does.