"Put it on right now. You be badass with it now.”

Jun 18, 2020 @ 3:03 pm
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A Lady Gaga fan got the surprise of a lifetime when she stopped to compliment a stranger on her “badass jacket.”  “She said, 'Thank you.' I kind of recognized the voice, but I'm not one to really go up to celebrities,” Shannon McKee told Today.

After realizing the woman in question was Gaga, McKee decided there was more she needed to say. "I did have a story that I wanted to share with her, and I felt this need that she needed to hear it from me," McKee continued. "And so when I went back, I was like, 'Hey, you're Lady Gaga, right?’"

McKee told the singer that her best friend in high school was a huge fan, explaining that Gaga was “the reason he actually came out to her.” She added that her friend’s first five tattoos were inspired by the singer and that her brother had recently come out to her as well. “I just wanted to say thank you for being such an incredible ally,” McKee told her.

Gaga, who was out with boyfriend Michael Polansky at the time, told McKee to tell her friend that she loves him, explaining that she wasn’t comfortable posing for a photo so close to her home. Instead, Gaga gave McKee the leather jacket she’d complimented earlier.

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"As I was telling her the story about my friend, she took off her jacket and was like, 'You loved my jacket so much. Here. It's yours. Put it on right now. You be badass with it now,’” McKee recounted.

In a since-deleted Instagram video, McKee reportedly told followers how grateful she was for the interaction with Gaga. "I couldn't have been more thankful to have met someone as sweet and caring and compassionate and just an overall beautiful person as her," she said. "I wanted to cry because it was so heartfelt in that moment. I have been a fan of hers since I was in high school. Timing is everything. I truly believe in this moment of time ... it needed to happen."