Lady Gaga revealed in a recent interview that she ended up £2.3 million in debt and was bankrupt after one of her tours – but she didn’t even realise!
Lady Gaga rocked onto the pop scene way back in 2008 after years of trying to break through. Her first album The Fame saw phenomenal success, with its first 2 lead singles ‘Just Dance’ and the aforementioned ‘Poker Face’ hitting number 1 in not just America, but also the UK, Australia and Canada.
The star has gone from strength to strength, with hit songs such as ‘Bad Romance’, ‘Born This Way’ and ‘Applause’ all finding chart success. She even went on to do a collaborative album with jazz legend Tony Bennett called Cheek to Cheek.
Aside from her musical prowess, Gaga is known for her rather wacky style. From the meat dress to her firework bra, the star is no stranger to a wardrobe stunt. However, she surprised fans with her more toned back looks during her Joanna album era, and her subsequent success in A Star Is Born. She even nabbed an Oscar for the latter, thanks to the movie’s smash hit song ‘Shallow’.
Despite all this success, Gaga recently revealed that she fell on some hard times financially, even after finding success in the industry.
She revealed to The Financial Times that, following The Monster Ball, the tour which accompanied 2009’s The Fame Monster, she was bankrupt.
“I actually went bankrupt after the first extension of The Monster Ball,” she said, via LADBible. “And it was funny because I didn’t know!”
The tour grossed an estimated $227.4 million, with 2.5 million attendees, but still left her in trouble.
She continued: “I remember I called everybody and said, ‘Why is everyone saying I have no money? This is ridiculous, I have 5 number 1 singles.’
“And they said, ‘Well, you’re $3 million (£2.3 million) in debt.”
Despite the heavy burden that debt carries, Gaga revealed that she isn’t fussed about her financials, as it is her love for her music that drives her.
“The beauty for me about being an artist is that the dream will never die, because I’m not obsessed with material things and don’t care about the money and don’t care about the attention of the public, but only the love of my fans.”