January 6, 2014


Lady Gaga Shoots Down Rumors, Asks for Forgiveness in Fan Chat

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Neil P. Mockford/FilmMagic

Lady Gaga aired out some major grievances with the reception of her latest album ARTPOP on the Internet Sunday night. Like a true lady, she didn't name any names—she just threw a whole lot of shade in a few general directions. (Cough, her former management.)

Though the album was successful—it sold 258,000 copies its first week—by comparison, ARTPOP is Lady Gaga's worst performing album so far. (2011's Born This Way sold 1.1 million its first week.) Rumors swirled that the low sales cost her record label Interscope nearly $25 million in losses and resulted in employee layoffs. 

Just before the album's November 2013 release, Mother Monster hit another personal snag: She parted ways with her longtime manager Troy Carter. On top of that, fans are still waiting on the video for the album's hit single, "Do What U Want," featuring R. Kelly, which was all but promised nearly a month ago.

Gaga took to her fan site Little Monsters to explain what's taking so long for the video, and she let us in on a lot more behind-the-scenes drama.

[The "Do What U Want" video] is late because, just like with the "Applause" video unfortunately, I was given a week to plan and execute it... All my most successful videos were planned over a period of time when I was rested and my creativity was honored. 

Those who have betrayed me gravely mismanaged my time and health and left me on my own to damage control any problems that ensued as a result. Millions of dollars are not enough for some people. They want billions. Then they need trillions. I was not enough for some people. They wanted more...

The next few months of ARTPOP will truly be its beginning. Because those who did not care about ARTPOP's success are now gone, and the dreams I have been planning can now come to fruition. 

Please forgive me that I did not foresee this coming, I never thought after all the years of hard work that those I called friends and partners would ever care so little at a time I needed them the most...

Though she ended her note by asking fans to forgive her and let her "be for you the Goddess that I know I truly am," she quickly replied in the comments section of the post in an effort to stop the rumor that seems to bother her most: "There is no truth to many of your comments, including the 25 million dollar deficit. These are rumors that are being repeated and spread."