Since the beginning of her career, Lady Gaga has sported clothes, accessories and jewellery pieces that many of us could only dream of wearing.
One of those pieces was the famous Tiffany & Co. diamond necklace she wore to the 2019 Oscars, where she won ‘Best Original Song’ for “Shallow” and memorably performed the chart-topping song with her A Star Is Born co-star, Bradley Cooper.
That year’s Oscars was Lady Gaga’s night, and she needed an outfit that reflected that. Her Tiffany necklace featured a yellow diamond (the ‘Tiffany Diamond’) worn by Audrey Hepburn on the promotional tour for Breakfast at Tiffany’s, which is estimated to be worth over AU $40 million.
In a May 2020 interview on The Graham Norton Show while promoting her sixth studio album, Chromatica, Gaga explained that she was actually trailed by security for the entire night, and at some moments felt like “the President”.
“I didn’t know what was going to happen that night—I was just so happy to be there,” Gaga told Norton, explaining that she and her sister were understandably overjoyed when she won her Academy Award. “My sister and I were barrelling through champagne backstage and when we left, I didn’t tell anyone, and I still had the diamond on.
“Tiffany started freaking out, they were like, ‘She’s gone! She left with the diamond!'”
Adding to the drama, Gaga added: “I went to go hang out with Madonna at her manager’s house, and I got to the house and was just chilling while are these security guards were [looking out for my every move].”
The security guards didn’t intervene for the majority of the night, but Gaga revealed that the final straw came when she tried to wear the necklace to fast food restaurant Taco Bell. Then, she reveals her car was stopped by security, and the necklace was “politely removed from my neck”.
Though Gaga’s interview on The Graham Norton Show aired some days ago, she appears to have paused Chromatica’s promotional efforts in order to shine a light on the killing of George Floyd by U.S. police.
Posting to Instagram on May 31, the performer and longtime activist wrote that she is “outraged” by Floyd’s death, highlighting systemic racism in American society while calling out U.S. President Donald Trump for his inflammatory and even violent takes on the country’s ongoing protests. (Click here for more information on the situation.)
Gaga also postponed her scheduled ‘listening party’ for Chromatica while imploring her fans to register to vote (voting is non-compulsory in the U.S.). She wrote on Twitter: “I’m so glad the album is bringing you some joy, because that’s what I always wanted it to do. We’ll reschedule this very soon.”