To celebrate the release of her fifth studio album, Lady Gaga has added a very special piece of ink to her ever expanding tattoo collection.
Yesterday, the Perfect Illusion singer took to Instagram to unveil the meaningful tattoo which is dedicated to the woman who inspired her new music collection, her late aunt Joanne who died of Lupus-related complications aged 19.
Across two posts, the 30-year-old star explained how the piece of body art is a direct reflection of Joanne’s signature and revealed that her father now has a matching tattoo.
“Got Joanne tattooed on my arm in her actual signature,” she wrote. “My dad got one too. With an angel on his shoulder.”
In an interview with Howard Stern this week, Gaga explained how Joanne’s death impacted her life and that of her father.
“She’s like this goddess that we worshipped in our family our whole lives,” she said. “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 was like a guardian angel or spirit guide.”
“I never understood why my father drank so much and why he was so angry and why he was so overprotective and why his eyes would just blister out of control when I showed a sign of independence or wanting to leave the house or be on my own,” she confessed.
“And I always thought it was my fault. So this album for me was about healing the wounds of being a young woman growing up in a tough family and figuring that out.”