Lady Gaga says 'taking break' from relationship

Lady Gaga arriving for the Met Gala in New York, on May 2, 2016.
Lady Gaga arriving for the Met Gala in New York, on May 2, 2016.PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW YORK (AFP) - Lady Gaga said on Wednesday (July 20) she was "taking a break" from her relationship with actor Taylor Kinney but still hoped to reconcile with her "soulmate."

The pop diva commented after celebrity gossip sites said she and Kinney had broken off their engagement and pointed out she was no longer wearing her ring.

"Taylor and I have always believed we are soulmates. Just like all couples we have ups and downs, and we have been taking a break," she wrote on Instagram early on Wednesday to her nearly 18 million followers.

Gaga, who also shared the message with her more than 61 million Twitter followers, did not address marriage plans but indicated that the relationship was not completely over.

"We are both ambitious artists, hoping to work through long-distance and complicated schedules to continue the simple love we have always shared," she wrote.

"Please root us on. We're just like everybody else and we really love each other."

Gaga had long spoken of her difficulties in keeping partners due to her professional success and brazen sexuality.

But the 30-year-old has said that she found the right match in Kinney, 35, who has starred in television series Chicago Fire and The Vampire Diaries, as well as the thriller Zero Dark Thirty about the killing of Sept 11 mastermind Osama bin Laden.

Gaga met Kinney in 2011 when they filmed the video for You & I - which features scenes of her being tortured - in the open fields of Nebraska.

Kinney proposed to Gaga, an Italian American whose real name is Stefani Germanotta, over a Valentine's Day dinner last year at a New York restaurant owned by her family.

Gaga, known for her flamboyant outfits, quickly made the engagement public by showing off a simple, heart-shaped ring from Kinney.

One of the most successful singers to emerge in the 21st century, Gaga plans an active 2016 after a comparatively quiet spell and has hinted that a new album will come this year.

She is scheduled to perform next week for delegates on the sidelines of the Democratic National Convention as they nominate Hillary Clinton for president.