It took Lady Gaga 30 years to finally get her driver’s license. It took her all of two weeks to get pulled over.
The singer shared with fans this weekend that she got nabbed by cops while driving her red Ford F-150 SVT Lightning pickup truck on the Pacific Coast Highway in California. As People magazine noted (via Entertainment Weekly), the stop wasn’t too serious, as she only got pulled over for not yet having permanent plates on her new truck.
“Ya I got pulled over. Big deal!” she tweeted to fans. “I just haven’t received plates yet for my new pick up!”
As the report noted, drivers in California get temporary permits for new cars while the plates are being made and shipped to them. Police can sometimes pull over drivers who don’t have permanent plates, but they normally get off with just a warning as long as they don’t have any other violations.
Lady Gaga had made light of her lack of a driver’s license earlier this month in announcing that she finally passed her road test. The singer posted a series of pictures on Instagram showing her efforts to pass the test and her relief at finally being a licensed driver.
Getting a driver’s license was likely never a high priority for Lady Gaga in her younger years, as the singer grew up in Manhattan, where personal vehicles are a rarity and usually a sign of the ultra-wealthy. Everyone else relies on the city’s abundant public transportation.
But she moved to Los Angeles in 2008 at age 22 as her career took off, meaning she has been bumming rides around the more sprawling southern California city or relying on chauffeurs for the last eight years.
Although Lady Gaga didn’t seem to sweat too much about getting pulled over by the cops, it wasn’t her best week beyond the simple traffic stop. Many fans had expected the singer-turned-actress to get an Emmy nomination for her role in American Horror Story, for which she’s already won a Golden Globe, but her name was not included when the nominees were announced this week. Many fans took to the internet to voice their displeasure at the apparent snub, but the singer’s critics said the lack of a nomination was justified.
Many critics, including Michael Starr of the New York Post, have been pretty low in their assessment of Lady Gaga as an actress. Starr even went so far as to say earlier this year that Lady Gaga’s Golden Globe win was proof that the award show had turned into a joke.
“And while I didn’t officially pick a winner for the Best TV Movie/Anthology category, the fact that wooden, vamping amateur Lady Gaga won for ‘American Horror Story: Hotel’ speaks volumes about the artistic hollowness of these awards. They’re a joke.”
Time magazine disagreed, praising the singer last October for reinventing herself in a new medium. The report noted that her range as an actress showed that she had much more depth than the typical pop star.
“But for the umpteenth time in the past couple of years, Gaga is doing something entirely new. She’s appearing as an actress on American Horror Story, whose season premiere airs Wednesday night. None of these things directly relate to Gaga’s career as a pop performer in the vein of Beyoncé, Katy Perry, or Taylor Swift. But all of them add to the sense that she may just grow up to be the thing her generation didn’t know it needed: An all-around entertainer.”
But Lady Gaga has other serious business on the horizon. She has become a gun control advocate in the wake of last month’s shooting in Orlando that left 49 people dead at a popular gay nightclub. She also appeared in a video tribute honoring the shooting victims.
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