Lady Gaga faced road­blocks early in ca­reer


Lady Gaga was told she wasn’t “pretty enough for a pop star” early on in her ca­reer. One of the Poker Face singer’s old friends Bren­dan Jay Sul­li­van – who knew her in New York City be­fore she be­came a global mu­sic icon – has com­pared her real life jour­ney to her A Star Is Born al­ter ego Ally.

Speak­ing to PEO­PLE magazine, he said: “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.”

In the movie, Ally is a strug­gling singer song­writer try­ing to make it be­fore she’s taken un­der the wing of Bradley Cooper’s faded al­co­holic mu­si­cian char­ac­ter Jack­son Maine.

Gaga – who was born and raised in New York – didn’t have an easy route to star­dom, and suf­fered when she was re­leased from a record deal with Def Jam af­ter just three months in 2006.


Sul­li­van added: “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.”

From here, Gaga – whose real name is Ste­fani Joanne An­gelina Ger­man­otta – be­gan to find her own style and voice, and it ap­pears she al­ways showed flashes of the pop su­per­star she would go on to be­come.

Her friend said: “When you’re young, you are 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.”

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