Is Lady Gaga like a hydrangea to Madonna?
The Material Girl didn't overtly slam the current pop phenom when asked about her by a French newspaper recently, but she also didn't have much to say in the way of encouragement or appreciation for Lady Gaga.
What did Madonna say about her exactly?
"As for Lady Gaga, I have no comment to make about her obsessions having to do with me because I don't know whether her behavior is rooted in something deep and meaningful, or superficial," she reportedly told Le Soir.
Ouch. Not an insult, but far from glowing and a bit accusatory.
Back when "Born This Way" first came out, the Lady was accused more than once of ripping off Madonna's "Express Yourself." Gaga said on The Tonight Show that she had received an email from Madonna's camp in support of the song.
As for the current quote, her camp sought to downplay and feud.
Madonna's rep, Liz Rosenberg didn't immediately have a comment regarding the French interview, but she told E! News, "I do know that [Madonna] has said many supportive things about Gaga over the years."
The other singer's rep hasn't yet returned a request for comment, but we wouldn't expect anything but high praise from the younger of the two.
For her part, Lady Gaga has spoken openly about her love for Madonna and has paid homage to the pioneer both in song and performance style.
This isn't a full-blown spat (yet), but if you had to pick a side ...