Born and raised in Malibu, California, Shannon McKee, 27, is accustomed to seeing celebs out and about. So when she saw Lady Gaga at her local market, she wasn’t too starstruck… at first.
“I walked in and I was like, ‘Hey, that’s a really bad a– jacket you got on,” McKee told TODAY. “And she said, ‘Thank you.’ I kind of recognized the voice, but I’m not one to really go up to celebrities.”
McKee initially left it at that and went back to her truck. But that’s when she realized she wanted to say something more so she went back in.
“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, a ranch hand and nanny, explained. “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 told Gaga. “So I just wanted to say thank you for being such an incredible ally.”
Gaga gushed in response to her anecdote, telling McKee to tell her friend that she loves him. Out with her boyfriend Michael Polansky, Gaga said she didn’t feel comfortable posing for a pic close to her home. So that’s why she made sure to give McKee another keepsake of their meeting instead.