Lady Gaga makes her inaugural appearance on Larry King Live on Tuesday night, in a chat where music, lupus, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” and Michael Jackson will take center stage.
The rising pop icon claims she was due to perform with music legend Michael Jackson as the opening act at his ill-fated This Is It comeback shows. The King of Pop died last summer after suffering a cardiac arrest just weeks before he was due to begin his 50-date residency at London’s O2 Arena.
“You know, it’s always very difficult because I don’t necessarily like to talk about those very personal things that happened. But I guess I can speak about it now. I was actually asked to open for Michael on his tour. We were going to open for him at the O2 and we were working on making it happen. I believe there was some talk about lots of the openers doing duets with Michael on stage, but Michael’s death was devastating for me regardless of whether or not I was supposed to go on tour with him. He’s such an inspiration and a remarkable human being.”
She continued: “Lupus is in my family and it is genetic. My mother told me the other day that my fans were quite worried about me because I did talk about the fact that I was tested for lupus. The truth is I don’t show any signs, any symptoms of lupus. But I have tested borderline positive for the disease. As of right now I do not have it, but I have to take good care of myself.”
The singer, who is currently in the UK for the second leg of her Monster Ball Tour, will also preview a clip of her new music video, “Alejandro,” on Larry King Live tonight.