Lady Gaga and Madonna squash years-long beef with iconic Oscars photo and fans are loving it
This weekend, film fanatics of the world united in order to watch that most prestigious of awards ceremonies, the Oscars - and they weren't disappointed with what they got. There were tears from Olivia Coleman, tantrums from Spike Lee, and an amazing pink suit from Jason Momoa. However, there was arguably one person who managed to steal the entire evening: Lady Gaga.
Not only did she snag the award for Best Original Song with Shallow, the 32-year-old artist then went on to perform that song alongside Bradley Cooper (subsequently causing Twitter to go into meltdown over how they apparently belong together).
But the night didn't end there. Later on, Gaga was spotted rubbing shoulders with a load of other stars at the afterparty - and fans were surprised to see her getting cosy with none other than her longtime enemy, Madonna.
As many people are aware, Gaga and Madonna had been engaged in a fairly public feud for the best part of a decade. It all started in 2011, when Madonna called out the pop icon over her song, Born This Way. According to Madge, the LGBTQ anthem bore many similarities to her hit, Express Yourself.
Gaga tried to explain the similarities, saying that it intended to be more of an homage than a rip-off. "There is really no one that is a more adoring and loving Madonna fan than me," she said. "I am the hugest fan personally and professionally."
But Madonna wasn't hearing any of it, and insisted that her new rival had committed plagiarism. Despite her adamance over the matter, though, she never took Gaga to court - instead deciding to keep the drama alive by performing mash-ups of the two hits during her concerts.
By 2015, it seemed that the bad blood between them might have been settled, as Madonna told Rolling Stone that she didn't dislike Gaga personally.
"I don't think she wants my crown," the Like A Virgin singer said. "We live in a world where people like to pit women against each other. And this is why I love the idea of embracing other females who are doing what I'm doing."
Not long after, however, the fight kicked off again - this time thanks to some subtly shady comments made by Gaga.
"Madonna and I are very different," Gaga said. "We're very different. I wouldn't make that comparison at all and I don't mean to disrespect Madonna, she's a nice lady, and she's had a fantastic huge career, biggest pop star of all time. But I play a lot of instruments. I write all my own music. I spend hours a day in the studio. I'm a producer. I'm a writer. What I do is different."
Later, in her documentary, Five Foot Two, Gaga would go on to say that she had a complex admiration for Madonna.
"So the thing with me and Madonna, for example, is that I admired her always," she confessed. "And I still admire her, no matter what she might think of me. I just want Madonna to push me up against the wall and kiss me and tell me I’m a piece of s**t."
And, judging by some of the pictures of the two together, Gaga didn't quite get that - but she came pretty close.