The NFL have confirmed that Lady Gaga will not be silenced or censored at this year’s Super Bowl half-time show, with the singer free to talk about politics or Donald Trump if she sees fit.
Having been very vocal in her support of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton during the 2016 Presidential Election, Gaga has continued to rally against Donald Trump since his victory and ahead of his inauguration this Friday (January 20).
The NFL clarification comes after rumours began to circulate that the star would indeed be banned from making any political statements. A spokesman for Gaga denied this however, telling TMZ: “This is unsourced nonsense from people trying to stir up controversy where there is none.
“The Super Bowl is a time when people really come together. Lady Gaga is focused on putting together an amazing show for fans and we love working with her on it; we aren’t going to be distracted by this.”
Whether or not that show will partially take place on the roof of the Super Bowl stadium as recently reported remains to be seen...
Meanwhile, Gaga is said to be gearing up to release the first string of live shows for her unannounced but hugely rumoured ‘Joanne World Tour’ right after her Super Bowl performance.
Though she’s recently performed more stripped-back shows in comparison to her previous live work, she did tell NME: “What I would say to those who are terrified that I’ll never again embrace absurdity or the avant-garde is ‘think again’, because that is my favourite thing.”
Asked about the rumours of her performing at Glastonbury 2017, she added: “Glastonbury! I don’t have permission to say anything about that.”
The 2017 NFL Super Bowl takes place at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas on Sunday, February 5.