Lady Gaga is known for many things, from her colorful fashion choices to her many tattoos. But above all else, Gaga cares about one thing: her family. Not too long ago, the “Perfect Illusion” singer released her new album, Joanne, and her latest tattoo has more sentimental value than it appears to.
The “Born This Way” singer took to Instagram to share a few images of her brand-new tattoo, Joanne, which is written in script letters. The 30-year-old’s father, Joe Germanotta, also got a matching tattoo with an angel on his shoulder.
“Got Joanne tattooed on my arm in her actual signature,” she wrote alongside the Instagram post of her tattoo. “My dad got one too. With an angel on his shoulder.”
The Grammy winner named her new album after her beloved aunt, whose name is one of Gaga’s middle names—she was born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta. Joanne (Joe’s late sister) died when she was 19-years-old of lupus complications after enduring emotional trauma from sexual assault.
On The Howard Stern Show, Gaga revealed that she also has an angel tattoo, and called her late aunt her “guardian angel or spirit guide.”
“She’s like this goddess who we worshiped in our family our whole lives. Her picture was always up, and it was framed so beautifully in the house. We talked about her all the time, every family meal.”
She also dedicated a song to her late aunt, and Gaga said she feels her presence more now that she’s performing the album.
“I feel that I’m channeling her more now because I’m finished with the record and I can feel her spirit and the excitement of her message coming through the album.”
Gaga’s Tribute to Sexual Assault Survivors
This isn’t the first time Gaga inked herself with a meaningful tattoo. The singer had a David Bowie tattoo inked after her tribute to the late singer at the Grammys. She got matching “unity” tattoos with other survivors of sexual assault from her “Til It Happens To You” Oscars performance, which received a standing ovation.
“She spent a great deal of time with the survivors throughout the rehearsal process, and they formed a unique and meaningful bond,” Amy Ziering, a producer on The Hunting Ground, told People. “Many of them told me that speaking with her and hearing her share her story and what she’d learned was healing and life-changing.”
The singer also shared the experience on Instagram, “They told me they were there for me to support me because they believed this message needed to be heard. Without them I never could have felt strong. They accepted me for me, at my lowest and that was good enough for them, so somehow through the magic of their courage they made it good enough for me too.”
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