Lady Gaga believed Patrizia Reggiani sent ‘swarm of flies’ after her over House of Gucci
Lady Gaga is convinced that the real-life Patrizia Reggiani sent a “swarm of flies” to follow her as House of Gucci wrapped up filming.
Gaga spent more than a year in character for House of Gucci, the gilded film that chronicles the murder of family scion Maurizio Gucci.
Plunging herself into the life of Reggiani, who plotted the murder of her Gucci-heir husband in 1995, took a deep mental toll on the singer – so much so, that she believes Reggiani was out to get her.
In a sprawling cover interview with high-end fashion magazine W, Gaga revealed how, as production for the film wrapped up, she knew it was time to let Reggiani go.
Mainly because she genuinely believed that Reggiani had sent a plague of flies against her.
Lady Gaga: ‘I was ready to let Patrizia Reggiani go’
“On the last day of filming, I was on the balcony of my apartment in Rome, and I was blasting Dean Martin singing ‘Mambo Italiano’, and I had a cigarette hanging out of my mouth,” she said. “I was Patrizia.
“But I knew I had to say goodbye to her: Large swarms of flies kept following me around, and I truly began to believe that she had sent them.
“I was ready to let her go.”
Gaga relates to Reggiani, thinking of her as an underdog, she told W.
“Fashion was a key part of Patrizia’s survival,” the “Poker Face” hitmaker said, “she tried so hard, but she was never as shiny as the Gucci.”
“I drove by where Maurizio was shot,” she recalled to British Vogue, “and I felt a pin drop in my stomach because I was so in my character and I thought: ‘What have I done?’ We made art out of pain.”
Reggiani, however, wasn’t exactly pleased about Gaga taking on the role. She told Italian news wire ASNA that she felt burned that Gaga never reached out to her.
“I’m annoyed by the fact that Lady Gaga is portraying me in the new Ridley Scott film without even having the courtesy or the good sense to come and meet me,” she said.
Even the entire Gucci family shot out a stinging statement against the movie, describing it as a “painful” watch for the leather goods dynasty as they echoed Reggiani’s grievances about not being consulted by filmmakers.
“The production of the film did not bother to consult the heirs before describing Aldo Gucci,” the statement read, “and the members of the Gucci family as thugs, ignorant and insensitive to the world around them.”
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