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. 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?. 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 creines 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
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In this choreography, Gaga does what looks like the sign of the cross but her hand gesture describes a triangle instead. 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?
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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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

Le Bonah

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.


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

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 Romance (an alchemical reference again). She makes me think of Max Ernst paintings – like The Robing of the Bride – apparently he was an alchemist and deeply into the occult too. Perhaps the bloke on the bed was like a phoenix and rose from the ashes? She gives me the creeps big style.


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.

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


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


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 means more death after all.


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.


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.

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


Lady Gaga is pure evil.


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 radio ga ga

Radio blah blah

Radio what's new?

Radio someone still loves you

There is an 'occult' meaning to these lyrics, the song is really being sung to Christ, it is mocking the phony songs, being sung to no one, this song IS being sung to a real, living person.

The "War of Worlds" refers to a real battle for Planet Earth,


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'

gaga let the evil times roll, but leave us in peace

The word eve is the base of the words evening and evil, its the demonazation of the female. The word viel is an anygram for the word evil, just saw a video on yt and it caught my eye so to speak


You should also check out the Paparazzi video, I say is the continuation of this one.

I think is not just watching or not Lady Gaga, it is impossible not to see her videos or here her music. Someone is making sure Lady Gaga is everywhere and as we see her videos we are thrown on our face all these symbols as a remainder that "WE ARE STILL HERE" I think it is as if they are mocking us! Because we keep watching, and Lady Gaga is still number One. They are still in control. People we can open our eyes, but how do we free ourselves? We still live under a government, a country.

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Hey, I think the author WAY over-analyzed this with the Ra-rah, stuff, because "Ra-Rah" and "Roma" are her starting to say "Romance." And who would put "Ooh la la!" in there?? IDK if Gaga said that's what she meant, but if she didn't, that's NOT what she meant. The entire thing about the music industry is DEFINITELY true…

I LOVE this article despite the flaws, because this guy knows a bit about "sex slaves," and I'm very interested in the subject sex trafficking and prostitution, so I know what he's saying is true about the drugs, torture, etc… Wonder how Lady Gaga knew, though? Must be a smart woman:)

Anywho, thanks for this article. It helps me understand a VERY confusing video better:)


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

a. rose

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.


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


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, for which christ was tortured for ages.

The video by Def Leppard's video "rock of ages' features an 'occult' or secret meaning referring to Christ, going insane from endless torture for the sake of mankind.


When I first saw her mv I know that there is something fishy in it. We all know that these things are really not good especially in the eyes of the children. She shows things we all know are evil like "selling people". The music industry is becoming worst. The lyrics of the songs are not as good as before. Songs about love, friendship, hope, and kindness are all gone. Most of the songs nowadays are about evil acts like sex/fornication, fame/idolatry, and glamor and we can't deny that what I'm saying is true. I know you all know what evil things are and I don't need to mention them. I know that there will be a lot of people who will hate me for this but whatever your religion is, I know you all know that some of the acts in this mv are immoral.


Honestly, I think Lady Gaga is talented and a little crazy. She wants and loves the fame, but she also represents her fans. Maybe her videos and lyrics arent about her personally, but about society and her fellow artists. Look at 50 Cent…and many others. You cant tell a person "so and so is a satanist so they could be famous" cuz they wont believe it. So what other way does she have but to make outrageous (sorry for my spelling) Videos and songs..compared to many artists…she seems the most normal to me. Her choice of outfits is her own and has nothing to do with anything. We need to stop looking at what other people are doing and start looking at ourselves and what WE are becoming…slaves to this society.

Wow Ladyy Gaga Is A Total Freal!…Noooow She Totally Kreeps Me Outt..


Well good job at pointing things out. Who knows the truth? I don't, but seriously, don't get too paranoid there 😉


i was like… OMG ~~ after reading this article !!! aaarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr ~~~

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Spend some more time "analyzing" the new and old testament please. The Illuminati wrote that book.