Unless you’re a dirty, dirty tabloid, we can all agree that body snarking on Lady Gaga is deplorable, yes? The pop star has been under scrutiny for her apparent weight gain since performing in Amsterdam earlier this week, but yesterday, she piped up about everyone’s “concerns.” She explained in an interview that she had, indeed gained some weight since taking a break from her touring/training regimen, but she’s not nearly as worried about it as Radar Online and OK! seem to be.
Gaga told radio host Elvis Duran that she’s currently working to lose the weight she gained between tours:
I’m dieting right now, because I gained, like, 25 pounds. And you know I really don’t feel bad about it, not even for a second. I have to be on such a strict diet constantly. It’s hard because it’s a quite vigorous show, so I tend to bulk up, get muscular, and I really don’t like that. So I’m trying to find a new balance.
It’s not the first time she’s sent contradictory messages about eating and weight–her “pop stars don’t eat” tweet sparked a firestorm last year for sending mixed messages about body image and diet to young fans. But if her honesty about weight fluctuations, dieting, and body hang-ups make us uncomfortable, it’s probably because they hit so close to home.
Even if you haven’t gone on tour or spent hours training like a pop star, statistics show that most women have gone on at least one diet by the time they finish high school, and chances are you’ve experienced similar weight fluctuations and changes to your routine. And the whole not liking your body part doesn’t get helped any by the kinds of conflicting messages we hear about pop stars’ bodies:
And if you’re the pop star whose weight is under the microscope, well, it’s not surprising that you’d go through periods of extreme dieting and exercise…and still not be happy with your body.
Contrary to what many tabloids have been saying, binge drinking (or the “drunk diet”) isn’t what caused Gaga to gain 25 pounds. She says it was mostly just carbs:
I love eating pasta and pizza. I’m a New York Italian girl. That’s why I have been staying out of New York. My father [Joe Germanotta] opened a restaurant. It’s so amazing … it’s so freaking delicious, but I’m telling you I gain five pounds every time I go in there. So my dad wants me to eat at the restaurant, and I’m, like, I’ve got to go where I can drink green juice.
Fluctuating between green juice and Italian food is definitely enough to send your metabolism into orbit…but these fasting/feasting patterns are (unfortunately) pretty common for a lot of women.
If there’s one thing we can learn from all this whole body-shaming debacle, it’s mainly that not even pop stars can maintain the body of a pop star indefinitely. Like the rest of us, celebrities have metabolisms and have to work impossibly hard to maintain a weight that’s within the media’s range of acceptable. And, like us, when they do step out of range, they deserve a break.
UPDATE: Lady Gaga also responded to the media’s body bashing on twitter, sparking an entire “Body Revolution” campaign by posting revealing photos of herself in her underwear.