Lady Gaga may be getting closer to her rumored boyfriend from The Vampire Diaries, Taylor Kinney. But she wasn't kissing him at midnight on New Year's Eve in New York City's Times Square. In fact, Gaga planted a peck on another man upon the big ball drop. But Kinney has no need to worry about losing his Mother Monster, at least not to that kiss. The other guy was NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg who wasn't shy about smooching the eccentric pop sensation in front of the billions who watched. As the Huffington Post says, it was "truly the Times Square kiss seen around the world." Indeed!
That said, it was an awfully strange, incongruous pairing. Bloomberg with his salt-and-pepper hair and his slightly frumpy American flag sweater and Gaga decked out in her Versace silver dress and jewel-encrusted headpiece-mask-like affair that nearly covered her entire face, save for her crimson-stained lips. Those she needed to use! Apparently Bloomberg has a thing for the "You and I" singer, as he selected her specifically as his ball drop partner to launch the big midnight countdown.
Since it's not clear what kind of conversation Lady Gaga and Mayor Bloomberg may have been having during their Times Square rendezvous, the Huffington Post put together a list of likely suggestions that are quite amusing with that required sarcastic edge. Some of the best bits... Gaga saying, "Stand to the side, Mr. Mayor. I need a glamour shot, I feel like I haven't been photographed enough of late," and "Okay, camera on me as the ball drops." Another great one? Bloomberg saying, "Nice to meet you! You know, Gaga, some people look a lot different on TV than in person, but your face is exactly the same."
Humor aside, it's really not surprising that Lady Gaga's Vampire Diaries hunk was missing in action on NYE, as she's hyper-sensitive about keeping her relationships private. They probably romantically rang in the New Year together and alone a few hours later. Still even without the sexy Kinney around, Gaga seemed to have a plenty good time. She performed a trio of songs in Times Square including "Heavy Metal Lover," "Marry the Night" and "Born This Way," and Tweeted, "I can't even quite describe what tonight felt like. Sort of poetic madness. A dream come true." Sounds like her 2012 (and no doubt Kinney's) has started on the right foot, ahem, stiletto.