Lady Gaga has had a difficult year. In a revealing letter to her “sweet fans” posted on her Little Monsters website, the pop star details a number of personal and professional challenges, including struggles with her body image, conflicts with her record label and betrayals by friends and mentors — including a veiled reference to her fallout with Madonna.
“Today is a really happy day for me,” writes the Monster Monster. “The past year was a challenge, and I’m so happy to have my spirit back. I felt in chains at times. Whether [it] 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.”
After that allusion to accusations that she copied the melody for Madonna’s “Express Yourself” in her hit “Born This Way,” Gaga continues:
“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 [bearing] with me a little bit.”
Gaga goes on to praise the “fantastic team” involved in producing the commercial for her first perfume, “Fame, which she refers to as a film.
“I am feeling blessed to have removed those from my life driven by money and luxury, [it’s] all about the art of it,” she continues. I feel free today. Thank you for always being there for me monsters. I love you. LG”