Who is Lady Gaga's ex Taylor Kinney? From 'slap' to break-up, singer recalls relationship at Joe Biden's rally

'I was engaged to a man from Lancaster. I know, it didn't work out. I loved him so much, it just did not work out. But I still love my Pennsylvania guy. I love Joe. Joe's my new Pennsylvania guy'

                            Who is Lady Gaga's ex Taylor Kinney? From 'slap' to break-up, singer recalls relationship at Joe Biden's rally
Lady Gaga and Taylor Kinney (Getty Images)

Lady Gaga loves a guy from Pennsylvania and this time it is not her romantic interest but Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. The Oscar-winning singer expressed her support to the Biden campaign in his Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, rally on November 2 where she gave an electrifying performance and even mentioned her love life for a brief moment.
Addressing the crowd at the rally, Gaga showed support to Biden saying he is the "right choice". "This is a big one, Pennsylvania. So if you're here, you probably already believe in Joe Biden. I know I believe in Joe Biden," she said outside the city's Heinz Field stadium at the venue of the rally.

"You probably already believe he's the right choice over Donald Trump. You don't need me to tell you why. Because, like me, you've experienced the last four years and have all the evidence you need to look at this choice and know in your heart, without any doubt, that Joe Biden is the right choice."

The singing sensation then performed her two hits: ‘Shallow’ from ‘A Star Is Born’ and her 2011 smash ‘Yoü and I’. During her performance, Gaga invoked her true admiration for Joe Biden while referencing her past relationship with Pennsylvania guy actor Taylor Kinney. "I was engaged to a man from Lancaster. I know, I know, it didn't work out. I loved him so much, it just did not work out," she said about Kinney. "But I still love my Pennsylvania guy. I love Joe. Joe's my new Pennsylvania guy, and I love nothing more than this moment, for this time, for you and I!"

A user posted the video from the rally on Twitter.


Gaga heralded the message that she is no different from ordinary folks. "I put some country clothes on the other day when I said I was voting for Joe because I wear Cabela's when I'm on a four-wheeler in Pennsylvania, and I will not be told what I can and can't wear to endorse our future president," she said. "This is what I have to say about that: I might not always look like you, but I am you. We are each other!"

Previously, Gaga had shown support for Biden and the Democrats' Vice Presidential candidate Kamala Harris over sitting President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. EW reported that Gaga and Biden have a long history of friendship and collaboration.

This is evident from the fact that Biden introduced the singer-songwriter's performance of her Oscar-nominated song ‘Til It Happens to You’ at the 2016 Academy Awards stage. Gaga, on the other front, has supported Biden's It's On Us campaign against sexual assault. Now as Gaga has admired Biden at the Pennsylvania rally while mentioning her past relationship, here we shed some light on her tryst with Taylor Kinney.

'She slapped me'

Actor Taylor Kinney and recording artist Lady Gaga attend the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 28, 2016, in Beverly Hills, California (Getty Images)

Gaga and the ‘Chicago Fire’ actor were officially together from 2011 to 2016. However, the couple broke-up in July 2016. Taylor Kinney and Lady Gaga met on the sets of the singer’s music video for ‘Yoü and I’ in July 2011. In the video, Kinney, an upcoming actor, was cast as her love interest.

"I remember I went up, and we're rolling, and I kissed her and she didn't expect it," Kinney reportedly elaborated. "They cut, and she slapped me. And then it was just awkward. And then the next take, I just did it again and then she didn't slap me," he said about their changing chemistry on the sets.

"We had a good time. I think there was chemistry," he continued. "I remember it was a late shoot. We were shooting until 4 or 5 in the morning or something like that. We exchanged information. A few weeks went by and we kept in touch, and then that's that,” he said about how they got to know each other closely. 
 After their long romance, the couple got engaged in 2015. “He gave me his heart on Valentine’s Day, and I said YES!” Lady Gaga wrote on Instagram as she showed a picture of her heart-shaped ring that Kinney presented to her while proposing her. 

Actress/singer Lady Gaga and actor Taylor Kinney attend the premiere screening of FX's "American Horror Story: Hotel" at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live on October 3, 2015, in Los Angeles, California (Getty Images)

Having dated for years, Gaga reportedly said in 2015 about Kinney, “I really can’t imagine being with anyone other than who I’m with right now.” “He is the right guy,” she also iterated and mentioned they both gel over their mutually creative work. “I have that feeling. I just know it.” “He is extremely strange, actually,” she told Ellen DeGeneres in 2013.

“We complement each other’s weirdness. That’s actually one of the first things he ever said to me. It’s a Dr Seuss quote. You find in someone else a compatible weirdness.” Gaga reportedly said, “He’s the first man that I have dated that, when I sing onstage, he cries. That means more to me than anything.” 

How they split

Despite the emotional bond in the relationship, the couple broke up in July 2016. While the pair have been vague and has not mentioned about the break-up openly, Gaga talked about it in the documentary ‘Gaga: Five Foot Two’ based on her life.

She reportedly mentioned the deteriorating relationship with Kinney, "Me and Taylor are fighting, so that sucks. My threshold for bullsh*t with men is just — I don’t have one anymore. In relationships, you have to move together." Then she revealed about the song she's written called 'Million Reasons' — which alludes to struggling with a relationship.

Recording artist Lady Gaga and actor Taylor Kinney attend the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016, in Hollywood, California (Getty Images)

In the documentary, Gaga reportedly stated that she ended her engagement with Taylor and breaks down about how her career might have contributed to the breakup. "My love life has just imploded," she said in Teen Vogue. "I sold 10 million [records] and lost Matt. I sold 30 million and lost Luke. I did a movie and lose Taylor. It’s like a turnover. This is the third time I’ve had my heart broken like this."

Gaga and Kinney ended their love story after she landed a leading role in Bradley Cooper's 'A Star Is Born'. Currently, the exact reason for their breakup is not known. However, despite the agonizing breakups, Gaga and her ex have stayed friends throughout, according to media reports.

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