During her Super Bowl half-time performance on Feb. 5 at Houston's NRG Stadium, Lady Gaga, 30, stunned millions of viewers with her 260-foot leap -- however, not all was as it seemed (video below).
The feat, which seemed physically impossible, started out with Gaga suspended from the air on a safety wire, reports TMZ. It turns out, the grand jump was just an illusion that was pre-recorded before the 13-minute performance in which she sang parts of "God Bless America" and "This Land is Your Land" with red, white and blue lights above her and 300 Intel drones in the shape of a U.S. flag as a backdrop.
There were also a large number of backup dancers, musicians, fire-breathing props and other extravagant displays that are synonymous with the Super Bowl. Tony Bennet was reportedly expected to make an entrance at the show, but his appearance was downgraded to a short commercial spot.
Gaga's third costume change consisted of football-like shoulder pads and a midriff-showing ensemble.
The pop star, who wore a metallic space suit during the performance, said her little sister, Natali, inspired her to perform the dangerous stunt, according to the Daily Mail.
"She said, 'I know let's suspend you in the air!'" said Gaga.
Even more impressive is that she did not use a stunt double when she took a daring jump over the ledge and into the stadium. Those who were fortunate enough to have witnessed the show in person saw Gaga hanging from wires in the dark. Intel, who sponsored the show, said the need to prerecord the jump was due to erratic weather.
"So there’s a lot of weather and environment (issues)," Natalie Cheung, general manager for Intel Drones, told USA Today, reports the Daily Mail.
"In February, you don’t know what it will be like during Super Bowl day. We’d hate to plan all this and, if the wind speeds are too high or if it’s raining and the roof is closed, no one can see this spectacular show. So our creative team as well as the Super Bowl creative team felt this would be best to be filmed.
"From a logistics and creative perspective, it’s a bit hard for [Lady Gaga] to go from the roof all the way down to the floor of the stadium."
The New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons faced off in the 2017 Super Bowl, with the Patriots winning by six points. This was the fifth championship for 39-year-old quarterback Tom Brady. The Patriots have won five Super Bowls since 2002.