Lady Gaga’s new album, Bad Religion, is a huge success and her most-watched show in years.
But how did it come to be that the pop star has decided to ditch religion altogether?
Lady Gaga, who became a Christian in the early 90s, was inspired by a friend’s boyfriend who went to a Jehovah’s Witness church in New Jersey.
“We had this weird conversation,” she said in an interview with Rolling Stone.
“I just wanted to be able to be around people who were not religious.”
So Gaga, inspired by her friend’s experience, decided to change her name to Bad Religion.
She said it was a decision inspired by the Bible.
“My dad said, ‘You can’t call yourself a Christian if you’re going to go to a church’,” she said.
“He was right.
But you have to make a choice to be Christian or not.”
Gaga, though, still thinks that religion should be part of her life, so she went on to make an album called Bad Religion: The Making of an Icon.
“Bad Religion” was written by Lady Gaga and her husband, Ryan Tedder, who co-wrote the album with singer and actor Justin Timberlake.
Lady Gaga told Rolling Stone she was inspired to make the album by her friendship with her mother.
“She was really religious and I was like, ‘Oh, I can do that too!'” she said of her mother, who died in 2012.
“And I thought, well, let’s make a Christian album and it’s going to be this great thing.”
Lady Gaga has also been criticised for taking a softer approach to religion in her music.
“If a person says, ‘I’m a good person and I’ve tried to do good, I’ve prayed, I’m just going to get through this,’ I’m like, how are you going to help me?,” she told the Guardian.
“But I have faith in God.”