“I was too ashamed to hang out with Ariana…she was really persistent”- Lady Gaga.

Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande, this week released their shimmery, much-anticipated duet, “Rain on Me.”

But fans may be surprised to learn their union wasn’t exactly a pleasant one ― at least not at first.

In an interview with Apple Music’s Zane Lowe released Friday, Gaga said she was initially “too ashamed to hang out” with Grande, despite the fact that the two women “connected right away” once they did get together.

She was so persistent,” Gaga said. “She would try over and over again to be friends with me. … And eventually, she called me on my shit. She was [like], ‘You’re hiding.’ And I was, ‘I am hiding. I’m totally hiding.’”

Gaga didn’t clarify why she was so reluctant to forge a friendship with Grande at first. Later in the interview, however, she opened up about her “masochistic tendencies,” implying that she was concerned about being a bad influence on the younger star.

At the end of the day, the two of them forged a beautiful friendship which has proved to be a source of healing for Gaga.

“It was just so awesome to watch her,” she said. “That woman has been through some really tough, really hard life-testing stuff, undoubtedly.”

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