Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Newly-single Lady Gaga returning to stage for political gig

Lady Gaga will make her first public appearance since calling off her engagement at a Democratic National Convention concert in New Jersey next week (begs25Jul16).

The pop superstar confirmed she and actor fiance Taylor Kinney are "taking a break" in an emotional post on Instagram on Wednesday (20Jul16), but she is refusing to let her love split force her into hiding.

Instead, Gaga will return to the stage on 28 July (16) to perform at the Camden Rising gig, organised to take place just hours before former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton formally accepts the Democratic Party nomination for president at the Democratic National Convention in nearby Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Rocker Lenny Kravitz and DJ Jazzy Jeff are also part of the show line-up.

It's not the first political event Gaga has been involved in for Hillary - she also threw her support behind the presidential candidate last year (15), when she and frequent collaborator Tony Bennett teamed up to perform at a New York City fundraiser.

Gaga is said to have separated from Kinney a few weeks ago, and she was first seen without her engagement ring while out in Malibu, California on Friday (15Jul16) - the Chicago Fire actor's 35th birthday. She was then spotted on vacation with friends in Mexico over the weekend (16-17Jul16), when again her diamond was missing from her left ring finger.

However, as she addressed the break-up reports on Wednesday, Gaga admitted she and her beau are still trying to figure things out.

Alongside a snap of the couple with its arms around one another, Gaga wrote: "Taylor and I have always believed we are soulmates. Just like all couples we have ups and downs, and we have been taking a break.

"We are both ambitious artists, hoping to work through long-distance and complicated schedules to continue the simple love we have always shared. Please root us on. We're just like everybody else and we really love each other."

The stars became engaged last year (15), after four years of dating.