Starlight shines on Gaga
Lady Starlight (L) and Lady Gaga. Picture: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Barneys New York.

Few people have the opportunity to travel the world whilst performing on stage with their best friends. But there are fewer people still who can call *Lady Gaga *their best friend.

As the support act for the Born This Way Ball world tour, *Lady Starlight *, * *left, * *is, however, lucky enough to also consider herself Gaga's closest confidant.

"Her and I are actually best friends. We performed together in New York and we are like partners," Starlight told _Access All Areas _from her Eastern States hotel.

"But we are not like sexual partners as some people like to suggest. I never squash that rumour though if it does come up. We love that rumour."

Born Colleen Martin, Starlight was raised in upstate New York before moving to New York City in 2001 when she was 26.

In early 2007, Starlight - a DJ and performance artist - met the as yet undiscovered pop star Lady Gaga.

The two Ladies, right, became good friends and Starlight began to help create Gaga's elaborate onstage costumes. They collaborated on a stage act called Lady Gaga and the Starlight Revue, a surprise hit that made its way to the famed Lollapalooza festival in August 2007.

After the release of her debut single, Just Dance, and album, The Fame, Gaga quickly became the biggest pop star in the world, but Starlight said she hasn't let superstardom change her.

"She is absolutely still the same person," Starlight said. "I think that fame only goes to your head if you are not a real artist. If you are a real artist and a good person who loves what they are doing, you are going to be the same person.

"You are going to want all your friends to share in your success and you want to enjoy it because it is a dream.

"Knowing her, I never thought she would change. But everything around you in the celebrity lifestyle encourages you to change. I am just so thankful to have my best friend."

While Gaga has amassed a fortune and encounters the level of celebrity not seen since the 1980s heyday of *Michael Jackson *and *Madonna *, Starlight said while they are on tour they are relatively boring when not performing.

"We literally hang out like we are in college. It is just awesome," she said. "Imagine going on this huge world tour with your best friend. No one else can say that they have that.

"Really nothing has changed, except it is hard to leave the hotel due to the massive amount of fans. We really just sit around and geek out about creative ideas."

Starlight is one of a select few who has heard Gaga's as-yet-untitled fourth album, rumoured to feature the controversial track Princess Die she debuted in Melbourne on Wednesday night.

"It's amazing," she screams when asked about it.

"Obviously I can't say much at all other than she is just continuing to create the music that she loves. Any album that she puts out really is her heart and soul.

"So on some level it won't be any different to Born This Way, because it will be her saying 'This is where I am at right now and this is what feels right'."

Even though they spend so much time together, Starlight said she is still blown away by Gaga's talent.

"At the end of the day, her behind the piano is just magical. Something shines through her," she said.

"And that is always my favourite part of the show when she is just behind that piano. The creative soul in her just shoots through. That is the only way I can describe it.

"I have always admired her talent, because it is crazy. "There are just some people that have an absolute gift and are very special in the universe and when she gets behind that piano, this is her destiny."

The Born this Way Ball is at *Burswood Dome *on July 7 and 8.

ROSS McRAE

"At the end of

the day, her behind the piano is just magical. Something shines through her . . . The creative soul in

her just shoots through . . . it is crazy."

The West Australian

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