Singer Lady Gaga insists her new album is more personal than her previous records, but it is not all about her relationship with ex-fiance Taylor Kinney.
The superstar returned to the pop world with new single Perfect Illusion in September (16) and the lyrics threw up suggestions the song was all about her July (16) breakup with Kinney.
But the Born This Way singer has insisted she was not hitting out at Taylor in the track when she sang, "It wasn't love, it wasn't love, it was a perfect illusion."
"I love Taylor so, so much and this song is not a hit out against Taylor," she told SiriusXM host Andy Cohen last month (Sep16). "This song is just about... I'm sure not only feelings that I've had but that he's had, that my friends have had, my sister has in her relationship... it's a record about all of us. And I would never use my song or want to use the public to hurt anyone that I love so much."
Now she explains that she wrote the music to reflect how she is currently feeling.
"I would just say that my music on my album, as well as all my albums, is inspired by my personal life," she told E! News. "I have said it before - I love Taylor so much and he's my best friend."
"This video is a performance of a song that I wrote of that moment about how I feel, but how I'm sure he's felt sometimes, how you have felt sometimes, how other people feel in relationships, how I see my friends struggle and become just full of rage and anger as they try to figure out how to date during a time when everybody's sort of creating these perfect illusions of themselves on the Internet and nobody really knows what's real and what isn't," she continued. "It's about all of that."
And to convey that message, the 30-year-old admits she didn't want to choreograph the video for the song because it was important to her the emotion didn't seem rehearsed.
"Nothing was choreographed," she said. "I didn't rehearse any of those things that you see in the video. Everything in that was just completely in the moment - pure, raw performance of how I feel."
"The intention was there to be no perfect illusions in the video about perfect illusions," she added. "It's so beautiful in that way. I love that opening shot in the video when it's just a silent light pouring through the hands of the fans as they're all dancing."