Lady Gaga responded to criticism that her hit song “Born This Way” too closely resembles Madonna’s 1989 tune “Express Yourself” during a performance in Auckland, New Zealand Thursday.
“It sometimes makes people feel better about themselves to put other people down or make fun of them or maybe make mockery of their work,” the 26-year-old singer said. “And that doesn’t make me feel good at all.”
The Queen of Pop took a not-so-subtle hit at Gaga when she performed a mashup of “Born This Way”
and “Express Yourself”at a concert in Tel Aviv in May to show how similar the tunes were.
Madonna also blasted “Born This Way” during an interview with ABCNews in early January.
“When I heard it on the radio …I said that sounds very familiar, the 53-year old singer told ABC’s Cynthia McFadden. “It feels reductive.”
The Marry The Night singer, however, told fans Sunday that she has no time to engage in verbal battles.
“I don’t even want to fight back because it’s more important to me to keep writing music,” Gaga told fans.
It’s apparently important for the pop star to keep performing, too.
Gaga continued to perform 16 songs Sunday night after a receiving a concussion in the middle of her concert in Auckland. A dancer accidently hit the star on the head with a pole during a performance of “Judas.”
“Gaga has a concussion but she is going to be okay,” the star’s hairdresser tweeted after the concert. “She wants u to know she loves u. I’m taking care of her. cant believe she finished the show.”
Gaga will continue her Born The Way Ball tour in Brisbane, Australia June 13.