Why Lady Gaga's Career Is Ruining Her Relationships All The Time
The famous American musician, Lady Gaga, wears many hats and they are in the form of a songwriter, singer, actress, philanthropist, dancer and fashion designer. All these define her in one way or the other, but they are not the totality of her life. Lady Gaga was born as Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta on March 28, 1986, in Manhattan, New York City, to an Italian father and a mother of different ancestry which includes French-Canadian, English, German, and Scottish. Talk about a lot of mixed blood there!
Gaga's talent matured very early and from a very young age was able to sing and play the piano admirably. In her early years, she attended the Convent of the Sacred Heart but didn't find the experience very enjoyable as she was bullied repeatedly for her appearance and eccentric habits.
Gaga started performing at the age of 14 with acts at open-mic nights in clubs and different bars. By the time she was 17, she gained admission to New York University Tisch School of the Arts. While there, she didn't stop sharpening her songwriting skills, a skill which helped her move out of her parent's house at 19 to pursue a musical career.
A brief partnership with talent scout Rob Fusari resulted in the creation of her stage name, Lady Gaga. In 2006, she was signed to Def Jam Records but she was dropped from the label after just three months. Devastated and at her rope's end, Lady Gaga returned home to regroup. She became increasingly experimental: fascinating herself with emerging neo-burlesque shows, go-go dancing at bars dressed in little more than a bikini in addition to experimenting with drugs.
Lady Gaga didn't stop seeking for meaning and before long, she got discovered by singer-songwriter Akon who recognized her vocal abilities when she sang a reference vocal for one of his tracks in the studio. Akon then convinced Interscope-Geffen-A&M Chairman and CEO, Jimmy Iovine, to form a joint deal by having her also sign with his own label Kon Live, making her his "franchise player." That was the beginning of Lady Gaga's sterling career in music.
She released her first album, 'The Fame' in 2008, but it didn't really take off. The reception was lukewarm at best but that didn't stop her. Gaga toured around Europe and in gay clubs in the US to promote the album - however, it was not until her first hit 'Just Dance' came to mainstream attention in 2009 that Gaga exploded onto the music scene.
Since then Gaga has gained numerous awards and nominations for a string of hits; her most recent being an Oscar win for her role in the acclaimed movie, 'A Star is Born.' Her success with 'A Star Is Born' catapulted her to another level of fame which is quite admirable. However, does this level of fame come with a price? We are going to be highlighting the reasons why her career is ruining her relationships.
SHE HAS AMAZING WORK ETHICS
The ability to perform every single day for half a year really doesn't leave much room for anything else. That was Gaga's reality when she did the tribute for Sound of Music. From a very young age, she had given everything to her career, and the hard work has definitely paid off for her. As a kid, she took acting classes because she wanted to be a star in every sense of the word.
GROWING UP GAGA
Gaga never had it easy growing up. After being bullied while in school, mocked for her body, her skin, her hair and the way she dresses, she was determined to make it in life. To her, fame and success is the ultimate antidote to the helpless feeling of being bullied. This really had a profound effect on her such that when she achieved some success, she was determined to bring awareness to the negative effect of bullying, a dream she achieved with the start of Born This Way Foundation. In her own words, she says:
"Bullying really stays with you your whole life....I was never the winner, I was always the loser."
Following her career, we can see how this birthed the determination to succeed in her, making sure that nothing stands in the way of her career, including relationships.
Gaga left her entire family when she was 19 to pursue her career. Having survived years of bullying through high school and the University, she was over the idea of not been successful. She said:
"I left my entire family, got the cheapest apartment I could find and ate **** until somebody would listen"
After many disappointments, the betrayal of being raped by a trusted friend, health scares, with all odds being stacked against her, she finally broke through when she was made the songwriter for Fergie, The Pussycat Dolls, and Britney Spears. With all this success coming her way, her love life suffered. The day her music video for 'Just Dance' was shot, she broke up with her boyfriend at the time, Luke. Despite all these, her fame grew until she became a legend.
THE PRICE FOR SUCCESS
The price of success can be pretty steep as seen in the life of Gaga. While working on her album, 'You and I,' she met actor Taylor Kinney, and the two hit it off at once. According to them, it was love at first sight and the relationship kept going for 5 years through a four-year relationship, an engagement, and a marriage. Gaga has always been a hard worker and it can be difficult finding time to work and also maintain a solid relationship. As her fame grew, her relationship with Taylor unraveled until they finally called it quits. In the documentary she did on Netflix, Gaga said:
"My love life has just imploded. I sold 10 million records and lost Matt, I sold 30 million and I lost Luke. I did a movie and lose Taylor. It's like a turnover. This is the third time I've had my heart broken like this."
Unfortunately, that wasn't the last time she would suffer heartbreak as we witnessed in the calling quits of her relationship with Christian Carino late 2018. Fans didn't pay much attention to that as they wanted she and her costar for 'A Star Is Born,' Bradley Cooper to end up together. The fans will be disappointed though as Bradley is firmly tied to someone else.
Gaga has once revealed in an interview with Oprah that she wanted a large family. We do hope her wish comes true in the nearest future and that she finally finds happiness. Her fame and success are undeniable and we hope she finally finds a man who can cope with all that and still make her happy. In the meantime, she will keep living her life, racking in the sales and being totally happy with her life.