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Why can't we all just get along? It seemed like Lady Gaga and Madonna had buried the hatchet over the similarities between Gaga's "Born This Way" and Madge's female empowerment hit "Express Yourself" -- but that hatchet might not be buried so deep after all.
A video of Madonna rehearsing for a concert in Israel this past weekend shows the 53-year-old pop star segue seemlessly from her own "Express Yourself" into the chorus of Mother Monster's "Born This Way" -- almost (or perhaps exactly?) as if to prove to the world just how similar the melodies are. Watch below!
At the end of the rehearsal, Madonna even started singing, "She's not me, she's not me." Those aren't lyrics from either song -- but rather from the 2008 tune "She's Not Me." So was Madonna mocking Gaga, or lightheartedly letting her know that she finds the whole "controversy" amusing?
While we can't say that we're sure, Madonna's previous comments on the matter seem to suggest she's cool with a little imitation (it is the sincerest form of flattery, after all).
"I certainly think [Gaga] references me a lot in her work," Madonna told 20/20 in January. "And sometimes I think it's amusing and flattering and well done. There's a lot of ways to look at it. I can't really be annoyed by it... because, obviously, I've influenced her."
For her part, Gaga has never made it a secret that Madonna has influenced her. In an interview following the initial scandal back in 2011, Mother Monster said, "There is no one that is more of an adoring and loving Madonna fan than me. I am the hugest fan, personally and professionally."
When the controversy didn't go away, Gaga put things a little more bluntly. "I swear to you. I am not stupid enough to put out a record and be that moronic. Listen to me. Why the f***...?" she said. "I'm a songwriter. I've written loads of music. Why would I try to put out a song and think I'm getting one over on everybody? That's retarded. What a completely ridiculous thing to even question me about."
Of course, her use of the word "retarded" caused some controversy of its own -- but we're ready to proclaim the Madge-Gaga feud over if the singers are. (So please, ladies, let it go.)