By Shannon Carlin
Lady Gaga has always seemed to take a honesty is the best policy approach with her fans, but a new tell-all book by a former assistant may reveal more than Mother Monster ever imagined.
According to Page Six, Gaga’s former assistant Jennifer O’Neill — who worked for the singer from 2009 to 2011 when she was on her Monster Ball Tour — has signed a deal with Atria books for a reported million dollars to share what it was like working with Gaga.
O’Neill’s name may sound familiar, since she was the assistance who sued the singer for $393,000 in unpaid wages, plus damages, for 7,168 hours of unpaid overtime in 2011.
In O’Neill’s testimony last year, she shared some behind the scenes details of what it is like assisting Gaga, including being required to share a bed with the singer because she didn’t like sleeping alone, being woken in the middle of the night to change the DVD in the player because Gaga didn’t feel like doing it herself and administering Gaga her daily “medicine.”
O’Neill also claimed that she was required “to be working and available 24/7” for an annual salary of $75,000.
In a deposition, Lady Gaga called O’Neill a “f–ing hood rat who is suing me for money that she didn’t earn.”
“She’s just — she thinks she’s just like the queen of the universe,” said Gaga, according to records obtained by The New York Post. “And, you know what, she didn’t want to be a slave to one, because in my work and what I do, I’m the queen of the universe every day.”
The suit was settled out of court in October 2013. The terms of the settlement weren’t disclosed to the public
Atria Books’ vice president and director of publicity, confirmed to Page Six that they have a book deal with O’Neill, but said that no release date has yet been set for the book, which is reportedly titled Fame Monster.