Gaga’s Fame Shock Over Post-gig Crowd

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August 11, 2010 | 11:45am EST

Lady Gaga only recently realized the extent of her superstar status – after 5,000 fans surrounded a concert venue awaiting her departure.
The Poker Face hitmaker has enjoyed a meteoric rise to fame, shifting 12 million copies of her debut album and selling out arenas around the world.

But the star insists she didn’t consider herself a global phenomenon until she left a recent show and was astounded by the huge crowds who had waited for two hours for a glimpse of the singer.

She tells Vanity Fair, “(I realized) about two weeks ago. I literally realized what had happened in my life. I almost wish it hadn’t hit me so late. I wish it had hit me gradually. I don’t remember what city it was but we left (the venue) and after the show there were 5,000 people standing on stairways and platforms leading to a train station – I couldn’t even see how far back. The car drove out and I said, ‘Stop the car’, and I got out and walked walked out and the scream was so loud, it was a roar. I went over to the fence and signed as many autographs as I could without them pulling me through.

“More fans than ever had been waiting for me outside after the show – meaning two hours of the most visually intense (show), in the heat, standing, jumping and screaming for two hours and then (they) waited for me for two hours – 5,000 of them. It was insane.”

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