Lady Gaga Pleads for Fan Forgiveness, Slams Ex-Manager in Open Letter
By Shannon Carlin
On Sunday (Jan. 5), Gaga took to her social networking site, LittleMonsters.com, to talk directly to her fans about what’s been going on in her life as of late. The open letter also allowed for an airing of the grievances regarding those who have betrayed her and mismanaged her time. In November, Gaga split from her longtime manager Troy Carter over “creative differences,” but she does not mention him by name here.
In the post, Gaga talks openly about why the video for “Do What U Want” has been delayed, explaining that the Terry Richardson-helmed clip was rushed due to poor planning on behalf of those around her.
“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,” she wrote, explaining that she was given only a week to plan for the video when her other clips have taken her months to plan. “It is very devastating for someone like me, I devote every moment of my life to creating fantasies for you.”
Mother Monster makes a point to say her anger is not aimed towards her record label, Interscope, but those in her inner circle. This follows another recent post in which Gaga addressed the rumors that ARTPOP was a “flop” that cost her label $25 million and led to layoffs.
“I have lost love [sic] ones to the greed of money,” she wrote (via Billboard). “It is not Interscope. They in fact love me very much and will see ARTPOP to the end.”
She even notes that her label has been unaware of what has going on over the past few months, calling her former inner circle greedy. “Millions of dollars are not enough for some people. They want billions,” she wrote. “Then they need trillions. I was not enough for some people. They wanted more.”
She added, “I am very grateful to the photographers and designers who have always stood by me to make sure my fans are never aware of the things that happen behind the scenes. But unfortunately after my surgery I was too sick, too tired, and too sad to control the damage on my own.”
Gaga apologizes to her fans for not having the foresight to see that those she hired, whom she thought were her friends, did not have her best interest at heart. “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,” she wrote, explaining in yet another not-so-subtle nod to her ex-manager, that those who did not care about ARTPOP‘s success are now gone.
She says 2014 will be a new beginning for her and hopes her Little Monsters will stick with her throughout this transformation.
“Give me a chance to show you the meaning of seeing art all around you,” she wrote. “Open your hearts to me again that I may show you the joy of us coming together through our talents, that we are stronger as a unit than when we are alone. Let me be for you the Goddess that I know I truly am, let me show you the visions that have been in my mind for two years. I love you. Forgive me monsters. Forgive me ARTPOP. You are my whole world.”