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VIDEO: Getting an Interview With Lady Gaga and Nicola Formichetti is Like a Covert Intelligence Maneuver, Even for CNN

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On the occasion of her catwalk debut at the Thierry Mugler womenswear show during Paris fashion week yesterday, Lady Gaga and her stylist-slash-Mugler-creative-director Nicola Formichetti sat down with CNN to talk inspiration. What's most interesting about the story, we think, isn't that Gaga and Formichetti sat down to such a formal Q&A at all, but that the reporter's account of actually getting the interview reads like some crazy covert war/intelligence/spy maneuver.

We knew that Lady Gaga would be strutting down the catwalk as part of Nicola Formichetti's womenswear show for Mugler (of Thierry Mugler fame), but we weren't sure if Gaga would turn up for an interview with CNN. For 24 hours, her people who were in touch with our people could not confirm if the interview would actually go ahead, but they encouraged us to come to Paris anyway to see the catwalk show. So we did.

Seriously, it's like CNN is trying to interview Kim Jong Il or something.

Our contact negotiated with the burly bodyguards to let us through to the other side, where we walked up stairs, across bleachers (me trying not to trip over the miles of lighting cables) to where our second cameraman had set up lights and cameras. This is where the interview with Lady Gaga and Nicola Formichetti would take place—if it would take place at all. And then we waited.
· Gaga interview at Fashion Week is pure French bliss [CNN]