Lady Gaga may have once written a song called “Money Honey”, but cash isn’t everything for the pop artist.
“Money has been put on a pedestal, beauty has been put on a pedestal, celebrity has been put on a pedestal,” she told the crowd at one 2016 London concert, according to The Telegraph.
Still, with a fortune worth hundreds of millions of dollars, it’s interesting to see what kind of costs Gaga is racking up.
The star – whose real name is Stefani Germanotta – recently offered fans an intensely personal glimpse of her life in the new Netflix documentary Gaga: Five Foot Two .
Here’s what we know the pop star spends her money on:
Since bursting onto the scene with her 2008 debut album The Fame Gaga has acquired a net worth of around US$275 million.
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But, in Gaga’s case, fortune didn’t immediately follow fame. Despite her success, she found herself US$3 million in debt after her Monster Ball tour, which ran from 2009 to 2011.
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“I remember I called everybody and said, ‘Why is everyone saying I have no money? This is ridiculous, I have five No. 1 singles,’” she told Financial Times. The culprit of her money woes turned out to be the tour’s multitude of lavish costumes.
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Like most celebs, Gaga likely doesn’t spend an insane amount on her red carpet wardrobe, which has included memorable avant garde looks over the years. Quid pro quo arrangements between stars and designers are predominant in Hollywood.
Still, she spent US$133,075 successfully bidding on an Alexander McQueen gown for a 2012 charity auction. Gaga was a friend of the late designer.
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In 2014, she bought a US$23 million Malibu mansion, complete with a bowling alley, a massive wine cellar, and a beautiful view of the Pacific. To decorate the sprawling grounds of her Malibu home, Gaga shelled out US$60,000 for 27 Koi fish imported from Japan. She also dropped US$5.25 million on Frank Zappa’s former Hollywood Hills abode in 2016.
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In 2011, the New York Post reported the artist gives 50 per cent of her earnings to her dad, Joe Germanotta, through their LLCs, Team Love Child and Mermaid Music.
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It’s unclear if Gaga still splits her money with her dad but, in 2012, she did open a restaurant with her father – Joanne Trattoria. The New York City spot specialises in cuisine from the south of Italy. Gaga can sometimes be seen hanging out at the restaurant. Like Gaga’s 2016 album, Joanne, the Upper West Side eatery is named after her late aunt, Joanne Germanotta.
Thank you Father Duffell for a beautiful homily as always and lunch at my pop's restaurant. I was so moved today when you said.. "The Eucharist is not a prize for the perfect but the food that God gives us." - Father Duffell, Blessed Sacrament Church Nourishment. .
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Earlier this month, Gaga was hospitalised and forced to cancel a performance in Brazil due to chronic pain caused by fibromyalgia. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the artist is currently taking a break from music to “slow down for a moment, for some healing.” The singer opened up about her health struggles in Gaga: Five Foot Two, which is now streaming on Netflix.
I have always been honest about my physical and mental health struggles. Searching for years to get to the bottom of them. It is complicated and difficult to explain, and we are trying to figure it out. As I get stronger and when I feel ready, I will tell my story in more depth, and plan to take this on strongly so I can not only raise awareness, but expand research for others who suffer as I do, so I can help make a difference. I use the word "suffer" not for pity, or attention, and have been disappointed to see people online suggest that I'm being dramatic, making this up, or playing the victim to get out of touring. If you knew me, you would know this couldn't be further from the truth. I'm a fighter. I use the word suffer not only because trauma and chronic pain have changed my life, but because they are keeping me from living a normal life. They are also keeping me from what I love the most in the world: performing for my fans. I am looking forward to touring again soon, but I have to be with my doctors right now so I can be strong and perform for you all for the next 60 years or more. I love you so much.
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Nearly impossible to express the gift that is Gaga: Five Foot Two. This film is one of the most revealing acts of feminine rebellion you will ever witness. We will all see ourselves in it. I sure did. I may not be doing the super bowl halftime show for expectant fans but I know what both triumph and damnation feel like. As a woman in the public eye, I am labeled a brave voice one moment and an idiotic uninformed navel-gazing whiner the next. There are things I've been called that I won't name here because they hurt my heart and body and they don't deserve my response. But just as Gaga lives with chronic pain and chronic inspiration, so do we all. She rejects labels and we can too. She understands that we are all works in progress, learning to love ourselves and to fight for each other. The bravest thing we can do right now, for ourselves and for this country, is to exist authentically and without apology. So someone says I'm a fat faux feminist dog abandoner? No: I reject that. I say I'm a warrior woman who has lived through and with mental illness, assault, chronic pain, public criticism and still I've fought every day to tell stories and make jokes. So please, reject the narratives imposed on you and choose your own adventure. Thank you Gaga (and director Chris Moukarbel) for giving us permission to change our narratives. I might not be flawless, but you know I gotta diamond heart ️
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