Lady Gaga has helped heal her father’s broken heart after the passing of his sister 42 years ago.
The 30-year-old singer’s late Aunt Joanne – whom her new album ‘Joanne’ is named after – died of lupus at just 19, and her father Joe Germanotta has been dealing with the tragic loss ever since.
But one ballad – also called ‘Joanne’ – which features on the pop star’s new album has finally helped heal the lifetime of pain that her father has felt.
Gaga told The Sun newspaper: “[The first time I played ‘Joanne’] I looked over at him and he just looked at me like, ‘How did you know that? How did you know that’s what I wanted to say?'”
And the ‘Perfect Illusion’ musician says although she never met her aunt, she felt “connected” to her through her father, and wrote the song in the hopes that it would be “healing” for him.
She added: “I never got to meet her but I always felt very connected to her my whole life.
“I never was able to truly understand why my father was so sad.
“There was something inside of him like a loss or a trauma that I just couldn’t perceive of.
“So I wanted to make a song that would be really healing to my dad.”
The news comes after the ‘Bad Romance’ hitmaker – whose real name is Stefani Germanotta – recently requested that fans at her Bud Light x Lady Gaga Dive Bar performance in Nashville, Tennessee, call her Joanne instead of Lady Gaga.
She said: “If you could do me this favour. Tonight if you could just call me ‘Joanne.'”
And despite the album having such heavy ties to her late Aunt, Gaga insisted that the record is influenced by the men in her life, such as her ex-fiancé Taylor Kinney and her father.
She said: “When you listen to the album, it’s clear the influence that all the men in my life have made on this record.
“But I have such a rebellious spirit, and my father was always very angry. He drank because of his sister’s death. I was trying to understand him through making this record.”