“I think Amy was a little bit of a spirit that haunted this movie,” director Chris Moukarbel told BuzzFeed News.
The new Netflix documentary Gaga: Five Foot Two, which chronicles eight months of Lady Gaga’s life, is full of candid moments.
But one of the most revealing scenes features Gaga sitting outside with one of her studio musicians, smoking and chatting. She talks about her tense relationship with Madonna, men in the music business, and how she addresses fame in her music.
“If I’m gonna be sexy on the VMAs and sing about the paparazzi,” she says in the scene, “I’m gonna do it while I’m bleeding to death and reminding you of what fame did to Marilyn Monroe. And what it did to Anna Nicole Smith. And what it did to…yeah. Do you know who?”
The pop star falls quiet, then snaps back and jokes, “You can use none of that footage.”
After the film’s premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, BuzzFeed News caught up with Five Foot Two director Chris Moukarbel, who confirmed that the “you know who” was in reference to late musician Amy Winehouse.
Winehouse died in 2011 at 27 after a long struggle with substance abuse.
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