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Despite Their Break-Up, Lady Gaga Says Taylor Kinney Is Her Best Friend

This isn't an illusion.

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There may be bad blood after some Hollywood break-ups, but not Lady Gaga and Taylor Kinney's split. Though the two have taken a break from their engagement, that doesn't mean they don't still have love for each other.


In an interview with E! News regarding Gaga's single, "Perfect Illusion," from her new album, Joanne, Gaga discussed what the song is about and how it relates to Kinney.


"I would just say that my music on my album as well as all my albums is inspired by my personal life and this one more than others," she said. "I have said it before—I love Taylor so much, and he's my best friend."


But with the lyrics like "It wasn't love, it was a perfect illusion," many fans wondered if Gaga was referencing Kinney. Gaga debunked that theory by revealing the true meaning of the song: navigating a healthy relationship in the digital age. "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, how other people feel in relationships," she said. "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."


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When Kinney and Gaga split two months ago, Gaga took to Instagram to elaborate on the pair's relationship status: "Taylor and I have always believed we are soulmates," she wrote. "Just like all couples we have ups and downs, and we have been taking a break. We are both ambitious artists, hoping to work through long-distance and complicated schedules to continue the simple love we have always shared. Please root for us. We're just like everybody else, and we really love each other."


Gaga and Kinney started dating in 2011, and in December 2014 Gaga told Howard Stern on his show that Kinney is "the right guy. I have that feeling. I just know it." Kinney proposed on Valentine's Day 2015, and the two were engaged for more than a year before calling it off.


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