Most of us must have listened to the voice or heard the songs of Lady Gaga at some point in time. But what if someone asks you how far do you know or have you ever thought to know the singer’s life story apart from her songs and music? Well, not many are really interested to know or read the life story of others. But here, I’m going to tell you the untold story of this amazing lady and one of the most famous artists in the present world.
Check out all about Lady Gaga’s life, before fame, after and everything that came with it, including a tragic hip accident that left the star crippled.
The birth, original name and early life of Lady Gaga before becoming a star
Lady Gaga’s real and full name is Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta. She was born on March 28, 1986, in New York City. It seems Gaga always had a knack for her musical talent and, believe it or not, she is said to have learned to play the piano by the age of four.
Gaga began to write her own songs and completely wrote her first ballad at the age of 13.
It seems during her time at school, Gaga was often teased and made fun of for being too provocative or eccentric. After finishing high school, she was granted early admission to New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. There, she studied music and worked on her songwriting skills.
After dropping out of Tisch School, Gaga left her family, moved into the cheapest apartment she could find and “ate sh*t until somebody would listen.”
She also formed a band called the Stefani Germanotta Band. The band peaked when a talent scout found them and directed Gaga to music producer Rob Fusari. However, the band split and Gaga traveled to New Jersey daily to work with Fusari. She eventually befriended Lady Starlight and the pair became gogo dancers at bars. It seems around this time, Gaga was allegedly raped. The incident reportedly led her to become an activist for rape survivors and inspired her to write Till It Happens To You in 2015.
Do you know who gave Lady Gaga her current name as we now know and call?
It is said that Fusari helped create Gaga after he compared her vocals to that of British singer Freddie Mercury. It seems Gaga was in the process of trying to come up with a stage name when she received a text from Fusari that read “Lady Gaga” and she replied, “That’s it. Don’t call me Stefani again.”
Gaga and Fusari set up a company called Team Lovechild which they recorded and produced material and sent them to music bosses. This landed Gaga a contract with Def Jam Recordings in 2006.
Gaga returned to the Lower East Side and began performing at nightclubs once more.
It seems she became fascinated by burlesque shows and began gogo dancing in bikinis at bars and experimenting with drugs. During this time, she met performance artist Lady Starlight and the pair began performing across the Lower East Side and became known as Lady Gaga and the Starlight Revenue.
Gaga began working on her debut album, The Fame, with Red One, a music producer, who showed her track Boys Boys Boys to singer Akon.
Her debut single ‘Just Dance’ from The Fame was a success, followed by ‘Poker Face’, ‘Love Game’ and ‘Paparazzi’. The singles established her as a musical force. Her style eventually began to get more eccentric and wild, stirring further interest. In 2009, Gaga released an extended play to her debut album entitled The Fame Monster. It spurred successful hits such as ‘Bad Romance’ and she embarked on the Monster Ball Tour, one of the most successful and highest growing tours in history.
Gaga released her second studio album, Born This Way, in 2011, during which she released the single ‘You & I’. While filming the music video, Gaga met actor Taylor Kinney and the pair embarked on a relationship, who then got engaged on Valentine’s Day 2015.
Lady Gaga launched another tour, The Born This Way Ball Tour, in 2011 but was forced to cancel the second half of the tour in 2013 after suffering from a hip injury.
She disappeared from the public eye for several months. Eventually, she made a reappearance and announced her third studio album, ARTPOP, in the summer of 2013 but it wasn’t as well received as her previous works. There were shake-ups amongst her inner circle and she and her manager, Troy Carter, parted ways. Gaga felt cheated, claiming that Troy never “cared” for her when she was in the hospital and only saw her as a money-making machine.
Gaga then released an album of jazz duets with Tony Bennett entitled Cheek To Cheek. The album won a Grammy and it helped Gaga recover from her ‘funk’.
Under her new management, Gaga began to showcase her versatility and strength as a vocalist. She performed at the Academy Awards, paying tribute to the 50th anniversary of The Sound Of Music and sang the national anthem at the 50th Super Bowl.
How Lady Gaga got into the major acting field?
Gaga landed her first major acting gig, starring as The Countess in Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story: Hotel. She won a Golden Globe Award for her portrayal. Gaga returned to the show for its sixth season, playing a witch in American Horror Story: Roanoke after a year.
Meanwhile, Lady Gaga’s starrer A Star Is Born, which was released recently, has received critical acclaim, with praise for Cooper, Gaga and Elliott’s performances. A big congratulation to all of them.