From the outside, it would seem like life has been all-good for Lady Gaga, the most popular force in pop music. It turns out, however, that Gaga has been dealing with a number of troubling issues.
Yesterday, Lady Gaga put up a touching letter on her website, LittleMonster, dedicated to her fans.
In the letter, simply titled titled "A Letter To My Sweet Fans," the pop star talked about a number of her struggles over the last year, including her problems with weight, friends who betrayed her and her issues with Madonna (whom she never mentions by name in the letter.)
Here's the letter in its entire context:
"Today is a really happy day for me. The past year was a challenge, and I'm so happy to have my spirit back. I felt in chains at times. Whether is be the record label disagreeing with me on single choices, or directors who could only create an idea of "gaga" or what i've "done before" and not able to move forward, and there was also of course the incessant dragging of the most important single of my career in dead-beaten-horse-mud. Then there were all the personal moments. Betrayed by lifelong friends, mentors I've had for years suddenly taking advantage of me, and a massive struggles with my body image. I've grown and left most of these things behind, the monsters of fame are very real. But I wanted to thank you for baring with me a little bit.
Today's film is what happens when there is love and respect amongst creatives, teams, management. This project was run solely by the HAUS OF GAGA, ATOM FACTORY, AND STEVEN KLEIN'S fantastic team. I am feeling blessed to have removed those from my life driven by money and luxury, its all about the art of it. I feel free today. Thank you for always being there for me monsters. I love you. LG"
The letter comes on the heels of the release of her dark, epic perfume commercial (which she called a film).
Check out the commercial, which she tweeted out yesterday, down below.
What do you think about Gaga's letter?
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