Lady Gaga received rave reviews for her debut 'A Star Is Born.' However, an old friend of the star says the beginning of her career looked very rocky like her reel-life character Ally!.
In 2019, Lady Gaga is considered to be one of the most talented, accomplished artists working in music. After her recent work in movies, she was nominated for best actress in the Academy awards for 'A Star Is Born', it has only solidified the fact that she is one of the forces to be reckoned with.
But did you know Lady Gaga fought an uphill battle to find the superstardom that she loves and enjoys and totally deserves right now? The 32-year-old Oscar winner said that the beginning of her career looked a little similar to her character Ally in the movie.
Brendan Jay Sullivan, who was close with Gaga during her early days in New York City told PEOPLE, "She was struggling a lot back then like Ally is in the movie because she was not being taken seriously. They’d say, ‘Oh you’re just downtown cool but I can’t sell you to mainstream America.’ We heard people say ‘You’re not pretty enough for a pop star.’ And not behind her back either – to her face. Which is crazy because she’s the most glamorous person there is.” But Sullivan also said that the image of Gaga that exists now was always within her.
He continued, "When you’re young, your wiring of who you are on the inside isn’t fully out there yet. But the Gaga you see now with the hair and the Gucci dress on the red carpet, that’s who she really is. That’s who she was all along. I got to help watch the transformation in real time.” Before becoming the glamorous musician that she is today, the singer suffered a major setback during the early days of her career. After Gaga dropped out of NYU, she was quickly signed by Def Jam, a major record company that has produced records for artists such as Rihanna, JAY-Z, Justin Bieber, Kanye Wests, and others. But within a year, the record label company abruptly dropped Gaga.
Sullivan said, "It ruined her life. She was going to be this manufactured record industry creation but lost the deal. So I got to meet her at a very pivotal part of her life — she already had a big deal and lost it.” Still, she never lost hope. Gaga kept pushing and eventually got back on track and started releasing hit after hit. But her friend said that no matter what, she always had her eyes on the prize and wanted to get to a point where she could influence the future of the industry.
He added, "Always from the beginning she believed that Lady Gaga was just phase one. She told me one time, ‘There’s a musical government that gets to decide what we hear and listen to and I want to be part of that government.’ I believe she’ll do that.”
When Lady Gaga was in university, there was a Facebook group called “Stefani Germanotta, you’ll never be famous” and now she is the FIRST woman in history to win an Oscar, Grammy, BAFTA and Golden Globe all in the same year. pic.twitter.com/UHMDQR84G4— Majd (@majdgeorge98) February 25, 2019
Back when she was in NYU, some of her fellow students took time to create a particularly nasty Facebook group. The group was titled as 'Stefani Germanotta, you will never be famous' was created with the sole intention of trolling and trash talk Gaga who was still an up-and-coming performer. Even if there were on 12 members at the time, this is all the proof one needs to know that there will always be haters and people who tell you that you’re untalented or otherwise unable to accomplish your dreams. But with talent and dedication, nearly anything is possible.
"Stefani Germanotta, you will never be famous" pic.twitter.com/cyIsv8yET1— Angela Morabito (@AngelaLMorabito) February 25, 2019
The Facebook page had a picture of Gaga who was well-known in the community because she sang and performed in the local NYU bars. The members of the group called Gaga an 'attention whore', with another one asking, "Who does she think she is?” Even though it is hard to believe that Lady Gaga was cyberbullied, but the page vilified the singer for her aspirations.
Now, of course, the Facebook page is just an example of how unnecessarily cruel bullies can be. But this is not the first time the page has come to public knowledge. In a 2016 op-ed for Public Radio International, Lauren Bohn, a Middle East correspondent for The GroundTruth Project, wrote that she remembered coming across the group as a college student when she “was a freshman at NYU and Facebook was only a year old”
Bohn recalled that one user posted a picture of a flyer for one of her upcoming shows, which he had stomped on. After many years, Bohn realized that Germanotta had gone on to become Gaga, she wrote that she felt “a dizzying emotional cocktail of stage-mom-at-a-beauty-pageant and nerd-revenge triumph.” We can only imagine the amount of satisfaction Gaga must have felt after proving her haters so wrong.
Regarding this, Gaga said, "Bullying really stays with you your whole life. And it really, really never goes away. And I know you're using words like 'superstar' and 'most-Googled' and 'billions of YouTube [views].' But I was never the winner. I was always the loser. And that still stays with me. And do I want to stick it to anybody? No. I just wanna make music."
And boy did she prove every one of her haters wrong! On Sunday, February 24, Gaga took home the Oscar for Best Original Song, thanks to her smash hit “Shallow” from A Star Is Born. It was her first Oscar in which she made her acting debut, won numerous awards for it, and started a Las Vegas residency. She also became the first person ever to win a BAFTA, an Oscar, a Golden Globe, and a Grammy in the same year, reported Harper's Bazaar. Without a doubt, she is one of the most talented and successful people in the world and we wish her all the very best for her future endeavors.