Donatella Versace Talks Lady Gaga Friendship, Growing Up Among Gay Men & Thoughts On Trump

To kick off the new year, Attitude magazine tapped Donatella Versace and Cheyenne Jackson to grace the January 2019 covers. Of the two cover models, Versace’s interview fascinated me more. The 63-year-old designer opened up about many things including her close friendship with Lady Gaga, thoughts on Donald Trump and growing up amongst the gay community. Check out a few quotes below.

On Her Friendship With Lady Gaga & Her Song ‘Donatella’

“I adore her. The song arrived quite a while after we first knew each other. Gaga is a very emotional person, she’s very insecure, which I like about her. Every true artist is insecure. We’ve become good friends and we talk so much. I’m so happy about the movie. A Star Is Born. I went to the premiere with her and she was crying. I said, ‘Enough of this crying. Smile, you’ve made it.’ I hope she wins an Oscar.”

On Growing Up With Gay Community

“Yes, [I was always] around gay men. But not only gay men, but by artists, real artists: people who left a mark on history. I mean, I met Andy Warhol. I don’t think of him as just a gay person, these people are artists. I had the privilege through Gianni [Versace] and through the gay community to meet intellectual people: to become accustomed, to be educated, to learn about the culture. I was a normal classical girl who went to school and studied history, which I loved as you can see in this house, but my mind was always a clash between this and what was around pop culture and high culture and history.”

On Her Thoughts On Donald Trump

“It’s scary, it cannot go on like this. And I know for that, in my position in fashion, we can still have a conversation about politics. It’s so horrible. This is like going back to the past, looking back in history. We live in a very scary moment for our freedom, for the freedom of everybody. So, this is a moment to talk about it and say, ‘Guys, listen’: don’t be seduced by what you think is a strong man. That’s not a strong man; that’s a weak man using those words to put fear in you.”

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