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Lady Gaga Says She Was ‘Too Ashamed’ To Hang Out With Ariana Grande At First

Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande marked the unofficial start of summer this week by releasing their shimmery, much-anticipated duet, “Rain on Me.” 

But fans may be surprised to learn their union wasn’t exactly an organic one ― at least not at first. 

In an interview with Apple Music’s Zane Lowe released Friday, Gaga said she was initially “too ashamed to hang out” with Grande, despite the fact that the two women “connected right away” once they did get together.

“She was so persistent,” Gaga said. “She would try over and over again to be friends with me. ... And eventually, she called me on my shit. She was [like], ‘You’re hiding.’ And I was, ‘I am hiding. I’m totally hiding.’”

The 11-time Grammy winner didn’t clarify why she was so reluctant to forge a friendship with Grande at first. Later in the interview, however, she opened up about her “masochistic tendencies,” implying that she was concerned about being a bad influence on the younger star. 

Watch the “Rain on Me” video below.  

Fortunately for the world, the two soon forged a kinship ― and it wound up being a “beautiful, very healing process” for Gaga.

“It was just so awesome to watch her,” she said. “That woman has been through some really tough, really hard life-testing stuff, undoubtedly.”

“Rain on Me” will appear on Gaga’s sixth studio album, “Chromatica,” due out next week. The album’s promotional cycle got off to a solid start with its anthemic first single, “Stupid Love,” in February. 

Like many artists, however, Gaga opted to postpone the album’s release as concerns over the spread of the coronavirus grew. In spite of the delay, she stayed busy by co-organizing Global Citizen’s One World: Together at Home concert, featuring appearances by Taylor Swift and Jennifer Lopez, among others. 

“It’s been a very difficult time for a lot of people,” Gaga said in the interview Friday. “I wanted to do something to help the world that was very focused.” She called “Chromatica” a “beautiful abstraction of my perception of the world.”

“I just wanted to wait for a second and do something specific. And then when it felt appropriate, I was like, ‘OK, we can get abstract,’” she said.

Disney’s ‘Zenimation’ is the most soothing way to beat lockdown fatigue

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Like a lot of us right now, I was frazzled and bored and fed up with TV the night I clicked on Zenimation, a series of shorts that launched on Disney+ over the long Memorial Day weekend. My mind was open; it was also skeptical. There was no original animation to be found in the series; this was simply snack-sized chunks of Disney animation from across the years, arranged thematically into 10 episodes of around five minutes each. How could that not come across like a greatest hits compilation at best, and a 50-minute trailer at worst?

Yet once I'd blasted through the first three episodes, simply titled "Water," "Cityscapes," and "Discovery," I found a level of peace and calm I haven't felt since the coronavirus pandemic began. And that's coming from someone who has been meditating more than normal since quarantine began, even running a global meditation contest over Zoom. 

What had Disney wrought that regular mindfulness practice couldn't? 

The key to Zenimation is in its minimalist approach. Firstly, none of the scenes have dialogue. Secondly, all the music has been removed. I love me some Disney music, but it is an overused emotional hammer, bashing you over the head and telling you what to feel in any scene. 

Without the orchestra, without the talking, without any plot to concentrate on, you are left with a direct, unmediated experience of some of the best art and sound effects in the history of cinema. If you don't feel your blood pressure drop during the "Serenity" episode, check your pulse. 

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Some reviews have pigeon-holed Zenimation as an ASMR-lover's dream — and if whispering wind noises and splooshing waves are what make your scalp tingle, they might be right. But that's only part of what's going on here, aurally. All that incredibly detailed foley work, no longer drowned out, comes to the fore and immerses you in the scene. Bright young rabbit Judy Hops from Zootopia emerges from the train station into the big city for the first time, and you want to tell her: Take out your earbuds! Listen to the beautiful urban cacophony all around you! 

If there's a downside to Zenimation, it's that it's too damn short with too much packed in. You've hardly started luxuriating in the sound and vision of Agrabah (from Aladdin) when whoosh, it's off to San Fransokyo (from Big Hero 6). But the edits are (mostly) smooth, transporting you from, say, the  robot Baymax raising his hand in greeting to Tarzan touching hands with Jane. (Turns out there's beautiful imagery to be mined even in the forgettable fare from Disney's turn-of-the-century dry patch, like Tarzan and Atlantis and Brother Bear.) 

A moment of discovery in "Bolt"

A moment of discovery in "Bolt"

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Not needing to know the names of characters or their situations is, in this time when we're all a little distracted, a beautiful bonus. Only once does the content stray into spoiler territory: I can't believe they just went and showed Moana putting the [SPOILER] in [SPOILER], thus reviving [SPOILER] at the end of the movie. 

Its fast-cutting nature may at least help parents convince their kids that Zenimation is something the whole family can watch together. If you're particularly concerned that your kids might not have the attention span to sit still for 5 minutes of wordless, plot-free Disney art, start with the "Flight" episode, which is easily the fastest-moving. (The Aladdin magic carpet chase sequence is perhaps a bit too thrilling for the purpose; you're not going to lower your blood pressure during that.) 

A moment of Serenity in "Hercules"

A moment of Serenity in "Hercules"

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Tell the whole frazzled family that the game is to name each movie in their head and see how many they can remember afterwards, and you too can have a collective lockdown moment of Zen — the ultimate antidote to almost everything else on TV right now. 

Zenimation is now streaming on Disney+

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UFO sighting: ‘Alien craft’ over California sparks claim of secret army testing at Area 51

Mr Waring said on his blog ET Data Base: "This UFO was seen over Palm Springs, California this week.

"The object was only seen for a few seconds.

"It's located on far southern California so it's mostly rocky desert.

"This is one of the prime areas that UFOs will be seen from Area S4, which is inside Area 51."

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The UFO photo was originally shared to MUFON or the Mutual UFO Network by an eyewitness on May 24.

The photo appears to show a blurry, grey object flying far behind a power transformer seen in the foreground.

According to the original eyewitness statement, the UFO appeared and disappeared "in a blink of the eye".

The eyewitness said the object was tic tac-shaped with appendages.

The UFO also disappeared as soon as its photo was taken.

Mr Waring argued on his blog the UFO could be extraterrestrial in origin and is being used by the US military.

The UFO expert said: "Bob Lazar was a nuclear physicist who worked on one of eight alien disks in Area S4 said that pilots would often take the craft out for testing.

"This craft may well be an alien tech craft being tested out from Area 51."

Although Area 51 has been prime fodder for conspiracy theorists, there is no evidence the Air Force base is home to alien technology.

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The remote military installation sits in the Nevada Desert where it is officially known as Homey Airport or Groom Lake.

The base forms part of the Nevada Test and Training Range and the US Air Force only recognises it only as an open testing facility.

Area 51 is believed to facilitate the development of experimental aircraft such as the Lockheed U-2 spy plane.

Mr Waring is, however, convinced something much more sinister is going on at Area 51.

In July 2019, for instance, he claimed to have discovered a .

That same month, he shared pictures of what he believed was a metallic .

Most scientists, however, agree there is no plausible evidence for the existence of extraterrestrials on Earth or anywhere in the solar system.

According to astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, UFO eyewitnesses often jump to the easiest conclusion when they see events they cannot explain.

He told CNN's Alison Camerota: "The universe brims with mysteries.

"Just because you don't know what it is you're looking at doesn't mean it's intelligent aliens visiting from another planet"

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