‘Blinged-out’ 86-year-old among Lady Gaga’s biggest fans

EDMONTON — Inez Whitfield may just be one of Edmonton’s hippest seniors. She’s also one of Lady Gaga’s biggest — if not one of her oldest — fans.

Monday’s concert at Rexall Place was the 86-year-old’s second Lady Gaga experience.

While her walker has been replaced with a wheelchair, Whitfield wasn’t going to let that hold her back.

“I will be dancing in my heart and my daughter will be a-boppin,” she said before the concert.

The retired teacher once again got decked out in a feather boa and a lot of sparkle for what she said would be “one of the most special nights of [her] life.”

“We decided to ‘bling it up’ as best as we could…because it’s a sparkly night.”

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Inez Whitfield, 86, and her daughter Kendra before the Lady Gaga concert in Edmonton May 26, 2014. Global News

The senior, whose caregivers nicknamed her “Granny Gaga,” was able to get a special pass from her care centre to go to the show.

It may be just what the doctor ordered; in the last two weeks, Whitfield has undergone two emergency surgeries. Her daughter, Kendra, thinks the anticipation of Monday night’s show is what helped her recover.

The 86-year-old explains that what she loves most about Lady Gaga is her youthful energy. She also feels there’s a lot of warmth and love beneath all of Gaga’s glitz and the glam.

WATCH: Quinn Ohler’s full interview with the 86-year-old who’s been dubbed ‘Granny Gaga’

“You know, in this dark world…with all these horrible things going on — she’s like a little sunbeam that comes in and dances and sings, and you never know what to expect. And that’s so lovely.”

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Her daughter’s goal was to get her mom to meet her pop idol. And she succeeded.


‘Granny Gaga’ and her daughter Kendra meet Lady Gaga backstage after Monday’s concert in Edmonton. Supplied

On Tuesday morning, Lady Gaga gave a glimpse of her visit with ‘Granny Gaga,’ to her millions of followers on Twitter and Instagram.

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She captioned the photo: “86 yrs old Inez ‘Granny Gaga’ from Edmonton and I. We had a lovely chat after the show, what an inspiring lady!”

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