Once Lady Gaga moved past her insecurities, her friendship with Ariana Grande grew into one of mutual respect and adoration. They’ve both been singing each other’s praises while promoting “Rain on Me.” In a very sweet tweet, Grande said Gaga feels like “a sister to me.” Not to be outdone, Gaga reciprocated the love, tweeting: “You inspire me.”
In a 2020 Apple Music interview, Gaga,34, said she viewed the opportunity to record with Grande, 26, as a chance to mentor the artist. Gaga said she didn’t have a female mentor to lean on when she was coming up in the music industry. Being able to be that positive influence for Grande helped Mother Monster heal some of her old wounds. Gaga said she encouraged Grande to always be authentic. “Anything that you feel chains you, any pop cultural construct that you feel you have to live up to, I’d like you to please forget about it and be yourself,” Gaga said.