Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance – The Occult Meaning


Lady Gaga’s videos and performances are extremely symbolic and filled with hidden messages. Her latest video, named “Bad Romance”, describes the dark and ritualistic inner-workings of the entertainment industry, by symbolically depicting Gaga as a sex slave. This article examines the occult symbols present in the video and its hidden meaning.


The video for the song Bad Romance is a mix of deep symbolism with sheer randomness, creative fashion with corporate product placements and modern day decadence with religious imagery, all rolled up in a great big music industry celebration. Gaga uses her odd-ball theatrical presence to its full extent to shock, creep-out and fascinate the viewers. If you’ve read my other articles on Lady Gaga (see Lady Gaga, The Illuminati Puppet pt 1 and pt 2), you’ll already be aware of the occult symbols permeating her imagery. I’ve mentioned the presence of mind control elements, of the horned god Baphomet, of secret societies and so on. Far from steering away from those themes, Gaga’s latest offering incorporates all of them in this video, which is a great big metaphor for the music industry. Let’s look at the song.

Concept of the Song

Bad Romance is the first single out of Gaga’s Fame Monster album. If you look back at her past works, the main message of her music is that she is willing to do anything, even sacrifice herself, to obtain fame. The video continues in the same vein by depicting Gaga as a willing victim in the music industry’s shady inner-workings. She wants to live a Bad Romance with the abusive, cruel and satanic music industry. She’s aware of all of its flaws but she still desires to be part of it more than anything else. She is a Fame Monster…she feeds off of fame…she enjoys being famous…if she is not famous, she’ll die or something…you get the picture. At face value, the song lyrics seem to be about her wanting to get “banged” by a kind of psychopath, but the video reveals that the psychopath is in fact the music industry.

The song starts with a weird chant that goes

Want your bad romance

This is the type of senseless crap drunk people like to yell in those disco dance parties you crazy kids go to. Is there a deeper meaning to it? Gaga announces it in a weird, gothic accent, in the manner of a ceremonial/incantation, a little like the “Bum-bum-bedum” of Rihanna’s Disturbia (article here). Ra, as the name of the ancient Egyptian sun god, is still of great importance in today’s occultism (see the “Eye of Ra”, the All-Seeing Eye). Roma may be a reference to the roman catholic church, but I’m not sure. This could be interpreted in many ways so I won’t linger on it.

I want your ugly
I want your disease
I want your everything
As long as it’s free
I want your love
(Love-love-love I want your love)

I want your drama
The touch of your hand
I want your leather-studded kiss in the sand
I want your love
I want your love
(Love-love-love I want your love)

Right away, it is obvious that the love that Gaga is seeking is wrong and sick. She’s a sex slave and apparently, she likes it. She knows that the industry is ugly but she still wants in. There is an obvious sense of sadomasochism, as she seems to know that this love (of success in the music industry) will hurt her and treat her badly, but she’s up for it. As we will examine in the video, there is also a spiritual meaning to the lyrics where fame equals submitting to the dark, satanic side of the music industry. In other words, the song is also about submitting to evil and the imagery of the video corroborates this fact.

I want your horror
I want your design
‘Cause you’re a criminal
As long as your mine
I want your love
(Love-love-love I want your love-uuhh)

I want your psycho
Your vertigo stick
Want you in my rear window
Baby you’re sick
I want your love
I want your love
(Love-love-love I want your love)

Here again, there is a mix of the “horror” of evil with hardcore sex references, which convey the fact that she wants to be “penetrated” by this evil influence in order to gain its favors. There are references to Hitchcock movies (Psycho, Vertigo) that are cleverly turned into sexually explicit lyrics.

During the bridge, Gaga sings emotionally “I don’t wanna be friends“. She does not want to be an outsider of the music industry, she wants to be part of it. Later she says“I want your love and, All your lovers’ revenge”, which means that she wants all of the attention of the music industry to the point that she also wants the “hate” of the artists who are jealous of her.

Of course, the lyrics are open to interpretation but the visuals of the video really give a particular meaning to the words. Gaga is not singing to a person, but to a group, an entity, an organization. She is singing to the Illuminati, to the music industry, to Baphomet: to the ones that have the power to make her famous. She wants to be part of that sinister and corrupt system and write a Bad Romance with it.

Analysis of the Video

The video is dense with symbols and odd images. Some are significant while others seem to be random. It is obvious that the whole concept is a huge allegory for the reality of fame. She plays the role of a mind-controlled and drugged sex slave who is prepared to get auctioned to members of the Russian mafia. Here’s the video.

Main Story Line

The video starts with Gaga emerging from what looks like a high-tech coffin or maybe a sensory deprivation tank.

At the beginning of the video, she is deprived of her senses. Either her eyes, her ears or her nose are covered. Sensory deprivation is a torture technique used on prisoners or mind controlled slaves in order to “break” them and to facilitate their re-education. She is a beginner, an amateur and she doesn’t really know what she’s doing.

Gaga can’t see or hear anything

In one scene, she is wearing thick sunglasses and talking to herself through a mirror.


This is reminiscent of The Who’s Tommy movie, where a deaf, dumb and blind boy only becomes responsive when staring at the mirror.

The Who’s Tommy is a movie about a boy who becomes deaf, dumb and blind after a traumatic event.

Gaga then bathes herself to “wash off her sins” as Gaga said in an interview about the video. She is “wide-eyed” and innocent but we’ll see that she’ll gradually turn into a “Fame Monster”.

Innocent Gaga taking an innocent bath with her big innocent eyes

She is then roughly handled by two women. She fights them but she finally accepts her fate and even raises her hands in praise.


Throughout the video, there is a back and forth between her being forced to go through with her duties as a slave and her willingness to go through with them. She is then forced to drink some vodka, which is in fact an MTV-friendly substitute for drugs. Mind controlled sex slaves are heavily drugged to numb their thoughts and make them easy to manipulate.

Gaga is then undressed and forced to perform in front of a bunch of men. Those mafioso can represent the Illuminati, the dark force ruling the music industry. The masks represent their hidden nature. Each individual represents a record company, and they are bidding to see who will sign her.


Gaga seems to be well aware of what is happening and she chooses to charm a particular guy, who seems to have what she wants. The masked man seems to enjoy what is happening to him and bids to obtain her.

One second left to the auction for the services of Lady Gaga

Gaga is then required to fulfill her duties as a sex slave by…you’ve guessed it… having sex with the winning bidder. So she proceeds into a very symbolic room.

Her hands are strategically placed under the horned heads. Immediately after, a fire ignites the room.

On each side of the bed are gazelle heads, who symbolically refer to Baphomet, the horned idol of Western occultism.


If you’ve read my other articles on the music industry, you already know of the frequent use of the likeness of Baphomet in music videos and pictures. My past articles on Gaga have shown her posing in the same way as the image above. Strategically placed horned heads have appeared in her past videos and photo shoots. Having said that, the presence of those horned heads in that room is not merely decorative, it is very symbolic.

Gaga is “offering herself” at the altar of Baphomet in order to become initiated and accepted into the Order. She does not want “to be friends” with the music industry, she wants to be an insider (she’s not a “Fame Monster” for nothing). So this offering gets consumed by fire, and not sex, because it is about Baphomet and not the Russian guy. He was just a means for her to obtain what she wanted..fame.


When the fire starts, another scene plays simultaneously showing Gaga and masked dancers dressed in red, the color of sacrifice and initiation. The virginal white garments she wore during most of the video are replaced by bloody red, a visual confirmation of the fact that she is now initiated and accepted as an insider. In my article on the 2009 VMA awards (article here), we see that Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift start out the show wearing white garments and, after a symbolic performance, they appear completely dressed in red. The codes of the music industry seem to be used over and over again, in videos, award shows and photo shoots.


Gaga then makes her trademark “Eye in the triangle” hand gesture after her initiation to make it clear who owns her now…the Illuminati.

The final scene shows Gaga lying in bed with the burned skeleton of the Russian mafiosi.


Notice how everything is burnt except the two gazelle heads. The real “intercourse” happened between Gaga and Baphomet. The guy was a tool, a middle-man who was sacrificed in the process of Gaga’s initiation.

So Gaga basically went through the steps a mega-pop star has to go through in order to “make it big” in the music industry.  She ultimately got what she wanted and apparently played the game on her own terms. Let’s see how that works out for her.

Other Symbols

Aside from the main storyline, the video is riddled with numerous symbols and images which are occult in nature. Here are some of them:

Sun Symbolism

There are many symbols referring to the sun in the video. As said above, Ra is an Egyptian sun god who is mentioned many times in the magic incantation-like “Rah-rah” chant.  Sun worship has always been at the center of occult mysteries as it is considered to be the ultimate representation of God.

Image of the sun in the razorblade shades. She is wearing a golden dress. Gold is representative of the sun in occultism.
Golden sunlight bringing her back to life
Gaga at the center of planetary orbits

Anti-Christian Symbolism

Christianity has always been at odds with occult secret societies. Persecutions and accusations come from both sides and one often defines itself by the negating the other. This is also represented in the video.

The word “Monster” with a Christian cross underneath it creates a not-so-subliminal unconscious association

The cross associated with the word “Monster” is also seen on her promotional pictures:

Notice the position of her hands
A cross placed right on her “privates”. No matter what religion you are, you know this is not a sign of respect
gaagchrist2 copy
In this choreography, Gaga does what looks like the sign of the cross but her hand gesture describes a triangle instead (classic phallic symbol). Enjoy my brilliantly drawn triangle to help you visualize it.

Reptilian Monster Symbolism

In some scenes, Gaga gradually starts to look like reptilian monster, with a focus on the spine.

Emphasis on the spine
Why is her spine glowing?
Angry looking bat on her head
Bulging spine… I’m not sure of what she is doing with her fingers either.

There is a great resemblance with the devil in this painting by Michael Pacher. Notice the spine.


In Conclusion

Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance is by far the densest and most symbolic video I’ve ever analyzed. It is a metaphorical yet accurate description of the steps which must be taken in order to become part of the “mega-pop-star machine”. Submission, control, business negotiations, initiation, secrecy and the embrace of dark forces are all represented in the video. Once decoded, the song describes indeed the Bad Romance of the music industry. The machine uses artists, it pimps them, it cheats on them with new, hotter artists and it finally dumps them when the initial appeal is lost.

Gaga, the “Fame Monster” wants to be treated that way, knowing that there is not any other way to obtain world-wide fame. One might be extremely creative and talented, however fame can only be achieved through the exposure  provided by the media corporations. They are owned by a secretive elite, represented by the masks on the faces of the bidders in the video.  Bad Romance, more than simply serving the required dose of subversive symbolism to the MTV generation, offers a chilling description of a music industry ruled by the elite. And now comes the hardest part: getting this damn song out of my head.



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5 years 7 months ago

Has anyone noticed that there are 13 men in a circle around her and they each have something covering a part on their faces or wearing different garments???? I wonder if each of those 13 different outfits represent something. like so they represent events to that have occured, are occurring , and will occur??? hmm…maybe im reading toooo much into it? but there are 13 men in that circle, i counted.

5 years 5 months ago

13 represents the 13 families or perhaps the 13th tribe/family sometimes disguised a B "l3"

I have also seen it represent Jesus or Hey Zeus, aka Nimrod the reicarnation of Osirus

3 years 2 months ago

well written… I think conciousness helps us all think for ourselves…so we begin to question what our true beliefs are and who we choose to serve…God Gave us choice…we either Hot or Cold not Lukewarm on the sidelines…Peace

Le Bonah
3 years 1 month ago

I went to see the video and ot something interesting that you may have not noticed: the Vodka bottle has "lex" (law in latin) written on the top. Since she is forced to drink the vodka, maybe lex is about the terms she has to accept.

3 years 26 days ago

That is an excellent observation. Also since she is initiated and I would think each iniiate chooses a path and most videos also show what is happening in plain site with their messages, could "law" also relate to the military-police state and the martial law dry runs?

Metal Mickey
5 years 5 months ago
Lady Gaga is so very occult. I think she (or whoever is in charge of her) throws in lots of different occult references – this video made me think of alchemy – water, fire, gold, red, white, blackening, etc. etc… I also noticed she's wearing a snake on her head in one part of the video – where she's crying and is all soft focus. I also think her costumes often nod towards the surrealists who were also into the occult – e.g. lobster hat – and she has a crow on her head for one publicity photo for Bad… Read more »
5 years 5 months ago

It's the tireless belief in Love, the work of Love in the astral plane that Christ did, AND SUFFERED FOR, that these illumined spirits see, when they achieve enlightenment.

Not all spirits do the work of love in the Astral plane, there are beings that torture people in the astral plane, so it is a very dangerous thing to mess with the astral plane, Christ has protected quite a few wanders and explorers who have discovered these things before they were ready. It is beyond deadly to mess with these things before you are ready.

5 years 5 months ago

the emphasis on her spine is because the spine has 33 bones in it, (thus, the 33 degrees of Masonry) and she draws her hand up her spine, symbolizing the kundalini or life force rising up to her brain, manifesting in the serpent symbol on her forehead, symbolizing knowledge, or super intelligent awareness.

3 years 2 months ago

She is wearing white lingerie at the begining and them she is wearing black lingerie on bed?? is that another clue??

3 years 4 months ago

i know this is really old but i just wanted to let you know

In 3rd century AD, Christians used the acronym ROMA as a veiled insult against the Empire. What was ROMA? Radix Omnium Malorum Avaritia, or: the Root of All Evil is Greed.

Since there was no explanation given for roma- ro-ma ma

man i like her
5 years 4 months ago

Man if Gaga will go to hell …honestly i want to go there to !…. imagine the concerts and party !!

a. rose
5 years 4 months ago

She reminds me of a female Marilyn Manson, in looks and the style of her videos. Check out Manson's Long Hard Road Out of Hell and The Dope Show videos and the similarities are evident (to me, anyway). He did collaborate on a remix project with her and claimed that he she copied his style.

5 years 5 months ago
People who are accusing the analyzer of being to religious must know that they are not seeing the big picture. Illuminaties always have a reason to introduce such singers to the world. They wish to destroy the typical things that make up a clean society. According to them, people should not have families because such things cause attachments. The more someone is free from the sense of belonging the more he is available for manipulation which includes becoming slave to their factories and sacrificial prey for rituals. Depopulation can also be achieved from the destruction of moral values. More Aids… Read more »
5 years 5 months ago

Blacks Law Dictionary defines a human being as a Monster
GAGA is illuminati and prob one of the worst factions also
Kesha with her “We R what we R” video is a Rosecrusion tag

5 years 5 months ago

Lady Gaga is pure evil.

5 years 5 months ago

Ozzy Osborne's video "Bark at the Moon" is really about Christ, too, so is Ozzy's song The Wizard.

5 years 5 months ago
At the point of enlightenment, when one sees into the Astral plane, they can learn the history of the planet, and can see all the work that Christ does in the Astral plane, and the war he fought, and what he endured for the people of Earth, in the psychic realm, the song, "Iron Man' is a song about this. "Veterans of the psychic wars" by Blue Oyster Cult, another reference to this war in the Astral Plane against the would-be enslavers of mankind. Also, the video by Def Leppard, 'Women' shows alot of cartoon references to this REAL war,… Read more »
5 years 5 months ago
the lyrics to radio gaga, by Queen. "You gave them all those old time stars Through wars of worlds – invaded by mars You made em laugh – you made em cry You made us feel like we could fly So don't become some background noise A backdrop for the girls and boys Who just don't know or just don't care And just complain when you're not there You had your time you had the power Youve yet to have your finest hour All we hear is radio ga ga Radio goo goo Radio ga ga All we hear is… Read more »
5 years 5 months ago

Masonry is the spine, or central nervous system of the body of Christ.

5 years 5 months ago

Once she achieves illumination, and the ice crystals are all around her, symbolizing time standing still, but there's a double meaning, they're like diamonds, too, symbolizing the worth of an illumined woman. An illumined female is worth a million diamonds, eternal love has no price.

5 years 5 months ago

I can tell you that LadyGaga is a truly illumined female, the things she alludes to in this video are some of the most secret masonic ideas, which I really can't tell you about.

An Illumined female is indeed, a fantastic thing, a goddess, what all men dream of.

5 years 5 months ago

another clue, to the meaning, 'vertigo stick'. The movie, Vertigo, was an adaptation from the FRENCH novel. The LIving and the Dead. (the french lyrics, another clue)

the lyric, " I want you in my rear (window) being a reference to the HItchcock movie, to make it obvious 'Vertigo' is a reference to the Hitchcock movie.

the main character in the movie, Vertigo, is afraid of heights, you could infer a fear of fame as being a fear of 'heights'

5 years 5 months ago
In the last scene, where she's sexily dressed in bed with the corpse, she confirms men's fear, that she'll screw them to death, she's sort of making a joking confirmation of men's fears about women's sexuality, how they view it as something horrible, dreadful, satanic. As she approaches the male Satanic Altar with the heads of dead animals, she is clothed in a dead polar bear skin, a murdered animal, killed for no reason, covering her nudity, her sexuality, she then discards it and sets their altar on fire. the polar bear symbolizes the freudian death instinct, to kill animals,… Read more »
5 years 5 months ago

I could explain it ALL to you, so that it reads like an instruction manual, but that would ruin the mystery of it wouldn't it? Reverence for God requires a certain uncertainty, a little bit of fear, and when we lose that, life is over, because it's boring and stupid.

Fear LadyGaga

5 years 5 months ago
I will say, whoever wrote the original article about the occult symbolism realize that these are all put in there for people like you, for the sense of mystery to it. For people who wonder about such things, who notice them, the observant, the opposite of the IGNORE-ant. The reason you can't get this song out of your head is because you feel the love in this song, and it is real, it is something everyone wants to feel for someone else, and for others to feel for them, but such things come at a horrific price, the design of… Read more »
5 years 5 months ago
Ok , I'm on a slow connection and I've been waiting along time for this to load, WOW, almost a million COMMENTS on this video on youtube. I'd never really watched it before, but it touched me, she's pretending to a reptilian lizard coming out of the POD, and reminding Jesus that he's an alien too, and telling him he's being a monster, because fame is ruining his soul. In the beginning of the video, the ALL FEMALE dancers are being made sex slaves and treated as sexual objects, rape victims,drugged, sold, USED for sex, but then LadaGaga becomes the… Read more »
5 years 5 months ago

she infiltrated the ALL MALE 'music industry', the male collective, and then, she freezes time, and sets fire to their Satanic Altar of war and death, she conquers it with sex.