Lady Gaga: biography
Lady Gaga is an American singer, designer, producer, and actress. She is an international star and popular songwriter who works in the genre of electronic music.
The musician’s fans enjoy her new songs and unique images.
Childhood and youth
Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta was born on March 28, 1986, in New York. She became the first child of the Italians Cynthia Bissett and Joseph Germanotta; Stefani has a sister who is four years younger.
When the girl turned four, she was fond за picking out tunes and learned how to play the piano on her own. The future celebrity performed Michael Jackson’s and Cyndi Lauper’s songs and recorded her voice on a cheap tape-recorder; she felt like a star.
At the age of 11, Stefani attended the private The Convent of the Sacred Heart Catholic school; she often visited open evenings and took lead roles in theater plays. Besides, the talented youth joined the school jazz orchestra and sang. According to teachers, the girl was more intelligent than the majority of her peers. The 17-year-old woman enrolled at the New York University School of the Arts early thanks to her excellent Clive Davis program results. Only 20 students passed all the tests.
At that period, Stefani tried to show herself and behaved eccentrically: she chose extravagant clothes and communicated with transgenders and drag queens at shows and music events. In 2016, there were many speculations about the singer’s mental problems, but they were never confirmed.
The musician has a congenital anomaly: the size of her body is small, and her height is only 5.09 ft. (155 cm.). Peers often mocked at Stefani at school. Besides, designers and directors have to deal with the woman’s body measurements when they work with her.
When Stefani finished school, her father found an apartment for his daughter, provided her with the start-up money, and wished her success; he wanted his daughter to meet the family’s expectations. Thus, the young woman began her independent life.
The young woman started giving concerts in East Harlem clubs together with Mackin Pulsifer and SGBand. She was surrounded by musicians and singers developing electronic music. At this time, Stefani decided to become a bodacious, outstanding singer.
2006 was marked with the collaboration with the producer Rob Fusari. The singer created her first works: "Beautiful Dirty Rich”, “Dirty Ice Cream”, and “Disco Heaven”. She took up the stage name “Lady Gaga” derived from Queen’s song “Radio Ga Ga” and asked not to call her Stefani.
At the beginning of her career, Lady Gaga was lucky to meet Lady Starlight who affected her overall style and trademark. Another popular musician, the rapper Akon, also contributed to the singer’s development.
In 2008, the freak singer entered the world of music. Her debuting album The Fame with the hits “Just Dance” and “Poker Face” proved to be immensely popular. Today, the album has been platinum three times, and more than 4 million copies have been sold.
Lady Gaga can boast numerous achievements: six Grammy Awards and 30 MTV Awards in different countries all over the world. Her ten-year career is marked with six albums; Cheek to Cheek (2014) created with Tony Bennett and Joanne (2016) are the most recent works. Lady Gaga also won the American Music Awards, one of the most prestigious music titles in the USA.
In September 2009, the American singer was officially named the “Queen of Download”: two singles from the first album were among the 40 most frequently downloaded songs according to British Official Charts Company. The hits “Just Dance” and “Bad Romance” enjoyed the mass distribution. Besides, the music videos “Poker Face”, “Alejandro”, “Paparazzi”, “Telephone”, and “Judas” were welcomed by the audience. Today, they continue to get thousands of views.
The song “Bad Romance” is worth noticing: many critics marked the music, the concept, and the storyline in the music video. The singer is satisfied with this accomplishment, and millions of fans call this song the best one in Lady Gaga’s discography.
Fans like to discuss the singer’s appearance, and even Hollywood stars could be jealous of the artist’s ability to transform. The eccentric star could become the first singer who gave a concert in space; the flight was scheduled for 2015 but did not take place for some technical reasons.
Lady Gaga likes to go out in mind-blowing clothes: it is traced in all her costumes. For example, the singer’s meat dress was much spoken about. The woman has always tried to stand out by her fabulous clothes and accessories, such as a wig half of her height or a net costume that exposed much of her body. Still, her appearance at the 27th MTV Video Music Awards ceremony was more than weird: the musician was wearing a dress that appeared to have been made of pork only, a hat, and a clutch. This individual order dress was cased with pork and prepared for wearing with a special proofing.
At the same time, Lady Gaga’s company has frequent problems related to the singer’s photos. In summer 2016, the star’s compromising pictures appeared and provoked a scandal. Although the story was suppressed, only a large sum of money helped solve that problem.
In addition to her music career, Lady Gaga produces her own perfume “Lady Gaga Fame” which is notable for breaking the traditional pyramid scheme: the push-pull technology where all notes are equally presented was used.
Lady Gaga has starred in several movies with varying success. For example, the role of La Chameleón in Machete Kills (2013) was a total failure while the series American Horror Story, particularly the seasons “Hotel” and “Roanoke”, brought the singer the tremendous success.
The US audience is familiar with Lady Gaga’s roles of Elizabeth and Scáthach; the actress received a lot of money and donated it to children’s homes.
Besides, the movie about the singer’s life Lady Gaga Presents the Monster Ball Tour: At Madison Square Garden was released. Its creators used documentary movies to support the woman’s memories. Critics called this project the objective and high-quality memoirs.
The American singer’s hit songs sounded in the American cartoon Alvin and the Chipmunks: the characters performed the famous song “Bad Romance”.
The artist’s success encourages people to make parodies and doubles. There are many Lady Gaga copies who look exactly like her all over the globe. However, Aleksandra Guseva who lives in Russia is the only official double of Lady Gaga.
Lady Gaga is known for her active position related to LGBT rights: she does the charity work and participates in different campaigns. For example, the singer fights against AIDS/HIV and distributes the information about this disease among the youth. Together with Cyndi Lauper and MAC Cosmetics, Lady Gaga produces Viva Glam Lipstick and provides projects aimed at AIDS/HIV combat with the profit money.
Thanks to her numerous popular songs, the singer gains the considerable earnings that are distributed in several directions: charity, AIDS/HIV combat campaign, and medical foundations support.
In 2010, Lady Gaga became the social network Little Monsters administrator and coordinator. Users had the opportunity to communicate with the queen of provocation in the local chat.
Lady Gaga is a passionate defender of LGBT rights. The star joined the initiative to abolish the law prohibiting gay people from serving in the US Army. Later, their rights were enhanced. In 2010, Lady Gaga supported meetings and agitated society to support same-sex marriages legalization.
The celebrity runs the program on informing young women about AIDS/HIV and other STDs dangers. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the prevalence rate declined by 5-7% due to the program.
In 2012, the special organization, Fund for Gay and Lesbian Life at Harvard, was open; it promoted respect and tolerance to LGBT people.
Although Lady Gaga is an independent, strong woman who can do anything she wants; she has enough money to work and be engaged in social life.
The society has always been interested in the singer’s personal life. From 2005 to 2008, Lady Gaga dated the musician Luc Carl. The media also reported that the singer was seeing her producer Rob Fusari in 2008-2009 and the creative director Matthew Williams from 2009 to 2010.
In 2011, Lady Gaga had an affair with the model and actor Taylor Kinney. The couple’s acquaintances believed they would marry soon. On February 14, 2015, Kinney made a proposal, but the lovers never married: both of them were busy. Soon, the American media spread the information that Lady Gaga was pregnant, but the singer denied the rumors and explained she was just getting older and gained weight (the singer’s weight was 116.85 lbs. or 53 kg.).
In July 2016, the celebrity announced she had broken up with Taylor. Six months later, people learned the news that the artist had a relationship with her manager Christian Carino. In summer 2017, the couple got engaged and began to prepare for the wedding ceremony. However, it had to be postponed due to the woman’s health complication. Many fans wonder if the couple will marry and have children in the future.
In March of 2019 it became known about the love affair of Lady Gaga with the Hollywood actor Jeremy Renner, who was remembered to the audience by his role in The Hurt Locker. Earlier, in February of 2019 Lady Gaga broke the engagement with her boyfriend Christian Carino. The press admits that the 32-year old singer meets 48-year actor Jeremy Renner. The insiders say that they have something in common. According to the words of Jeremy, music is his passions too.
In February 2017, Lady Gaga surprised her fans at the Grammy Awards ceremony: she gave a performance with the metal group Metallica. Besides, she walked on the red carpet wearing the black bolero jacket that hardly covered her breasts.
The singer could have performed at Eurovision-2018 in Kiev. The negotiations were successful, but the musician’s rider demands cost $200 000. The show organizers did not agree and chose the singer Ruslana as the headliner.
In February 2017, Lady Gaga gave an exciting Super Bowl show; 300 drones were used. As they formed the American flag above the football field, the singer sang “This Land is Your Land,” the popular in the US folk song.
Lady Gaga herself got down the scene on cables and sang her hits including “Bad Romance” and “Poker Face”. The National Football League (NFL) published the full show of the artist on its Twitter.
Fans admired the American singer’s show, but some people did not appreciate it. Before the concert, the conspiracy theorist and InfoWars founder Alex Jones claimed that Lady Gaga was taking part in the “new world order establishment” and encouraged people not to watch the concert. Jones marked that the Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl show was nothing but a dark ritual and the singer would wear the costume made of flesh. According to Jones, the event organizers wanted to desecrate America, destroy citizens’ will, and make everyone worship evil forces. Some Facebook and Instagram users even supported the conspiracy theorist and urged the Americans to fight against “evil witches”. Lady Gaga called the accusations of Satanism and world plot “schizophrenic”.
In March 2017 interview, Lady Gaga told the Arthritis Magazine reporters about her fibromyalgia – the chronic pain in her hip. According to the American singer, she had a femur fracture in 2013 and had to have a surgery which resulted in the chronic pain. Lady Gaga said she tried to ignore the unpleasant symptoms, but this attitude toward her health had no positive results. The singer gave the details of her disease in the 2017 movie Gaga: Five Foot Two. She said: “Hip pain can't stop me”.
In her youth, the star used to have another health issue: bulimia. When the woman put on some weight, she was on a restricted diet that led to anorexia. Some fans have noticed the singer can change her weight quickly. Today, Lady Gaga looks beautiful. She has special nutrition that can bring only muscle mass.
In June 2017, Lady Gaga worked at the Los Angeles café counter. This performance was the part of the “Born This Way” (BTW) charity project. The star encouraged the audience to be nicer to people around. “Have a Pink Drink this week,” she wrote on her Instagram page.
The organizers informed that BTW and Starbucks started selling special “Cups of Kindness” drinks that were created together with Lady Gaga.
At the beginning of fall 2018, Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper presented the music drama A Star Is Born at the 75th Venice International Film Festival. The actress personified a young singer who became a muse for an aged musician. Lady Gaga and Cooper became so close during the work that the media suspected them of dating and expected Bradley’s girlfriend, Irina Shayk, to break up with the man.
The vocalist was wearing a pink dress made of feathers and Chopard jewelry at the ceremony. Fans welcomed the woman’s image and noticed that she had never been so beautiful in front of cameras.
Lady Gaga will never cease to behave in an eccentrical way. In August 2018, she posted the photos where she was almost naked. Fans’ opinions were ambiguous: some admired the artist’s perfect body while others complained that a person should prove their talent by their works, not provocative pictures.
In 2019 Lady Gaga was nominated for Best Music (Original Music) for the movie A Star is Born and she received the desired Oscar figurine.
Her appearance at Academic Awards ceremony was remembered. Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper unexpected appeared on the stage and performed the song “Shallow” from the movie. The public was excited with such amazing performance.
The singer pays no attention to criticism. She posted a selfie where she was wearing a tight orange dress; some fans noticed a skin defect on the woman’s cleavage. Besides, the star has recently taken part in a photo session for Entertainment Weekly; she was wearing an unusual coat costume with leopard print.
- 2008 – The Fame
- 2011 – Born This Way
- 2013 – Artpop
- 2014 – Cheek to Cheek
- 2016 – Joanne
- 2011 – Lady Gaga Presents the Monster Ball Tour: At Madison Square Garden
- 2011 – A Very Gaga Thanksgiving
- 2013 – Machete Kills
- 2014 – Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
- 2015 – American Horror Story: Hotel
- 2016 – American Horror Story: Roanoke
- 2018 - A Star Is Born