A kindness punk through and through, Lady Gaga just made sure one fan will always remember her this way.
The “Chromatica” singer quite literally gave the clothes off her back to a woman with whom she crossed paths in Malibu, California, earlier this week after grabbing a bite with her boyfriend, Michael Polansky.
The fan in question, Shannon McKee, said she complimented Gaga on her outerwear during the unexpected run-in but never imagined she’d leave with a new accessory.
“I walked in, and I was, like, ‘Hey, that’s a really badass jacket you got on,’” she told “Today” about the encounter. “And she said, ‘Thank you.’ I kind of recognised the voice, but I’m not one to really go up to celebrities.”
But because you don’t just run into Gaga every day, McKee decided to approach her again to express her gratitude over the singer’s unwavering support of the LGBTQ community.
“I did have a story that I wanted to share with her, and I felt this need that she needed to hear it from me,” McKee added. “And so when I went back, I was, like, ‘Hey, you’re Lady Gaga, right?’”
“My best friend back in high school was a huge fan of yours. And you’re the reason he actually came out to me. And his first five tattoos are all dedicated to you, and my brother just recently came out to me, too,” she said. “So I just wanted to say thank you for being such an incredible ally.”
The story apparently moved Gaga — who has consistently spoken out about protecting the rights of the LGBTQ community — to take off her jacket and hand it over. She also told McKee to let her friend know that she “loves him.”
“‘You loved my jacket so much. Here. It’s yours,’” McKee recalled Gaga telling her. “‘Put it on right now. You be badass with it now.’”
Gaga preferred not to take a photo, given the proximity to her home, but the paparazzi caught the exchange on camera. The photos show Gaga, clad only in a sports bra and exercise pants, handing over the jacket to McKee.
In a since-deleted video on Instagram, the fan opened up about the experience and how meeting Gaga turned her day around.
“I couldn’t have been more thankful to have met someone as sweet and caring and compassionate and just an overall beautiful person as her,” she said. “I wanted to cry because it was so heartfelt in that moment. I have been a fan of hers since I was in high school. Timing is everything. I truly believe in this moment of time ... it needed to happen.”
Gaga certainly has a lot of good karma coming her way. After helping raise $128 million to support health care workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis, she’s also donated unspecified amounts to several organisations supporting the Black Lives Matter movement in recent weeks.