Gaga arrives in Joburg
Lady Gaga, or Mother Monster (as she is known to her fans), has flown into South Africa for her upcoming concerts in Johannesburg and Cape Town.
The 26-year-old star arrived at Lanseria International Airport in Johannesburg at around 7.30 pm on Tuesday night.
Fans, who chanted “Gaga, Gaga, Gaga”, and waited for hours to see their idol had their hopes dashed when the authorities decided that it was a security risk to have her enter the arrivals terminal.
Gaga, however, made some fans’ dreams come true when she stopped and turned around her convoy of six Mercedes-Benz vans at the airport to meet and interact with her “little monsters”.
Sapa said that the singer, who sported a platinum blond bob and wore a gold bustier, a black skirt and sunglasses “spent about five minutes signing autographs and smiling for the cameras”.
She later tweeted: “Im so happy that I was able to see my fans at the Airport in South Africa, thank u for all the time you waited, I appreciate and love you,” adding “Since I never got to come here until now, I wanted monsters to feel like it was the first time we met. Such a happy day.”
Gaga, who has described herself as bisexual, has been a vocal supporter of the LGBT community and same-sex marriage rights and a critic of the bullying of gay teens in the US.
South African Christian groups have condemned her visit, calling her the “Bride of Satan” and warning that she will lead to an increase in Satanism in the country.
Beauty Without Cruelty has also spoken out against the star over her wearing of fur. Spokesperson Smaragda Louw told The Times: “Our protest is against Lady Gaga’s support for the fur industry. She wears fur, despite telling [People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals] that she was against the wearing of fur. We want to tell people what she does, and about the horrors of the fur trade.”
Gaga will be performing her Born This Way Ball show at the FNB Stadium in Soweto on Friday and at the Cape Town Stadium on Monday.