February 1, 2014
Lady Gaga's Former Manager Opens Up About His Split From The Singer

Lady Gaga famously decided to part ways with manager Troy Carter before releasing ARTPOP onto the masses. Carter said the decision caught him completely off guard.

Although her manager was widely credited for helping the singer achieve worldwide success, Lady Gaga bid farewell to Carter last November. During a recent chat with the folks at Fast Company, Troy opened up about his professional relationship with the singer, and how the firing affected his life.

"It's like you wake up and you work with somebody every day, and then all of a sudden they're not there anymore. I don't think you're ever prepared to sever that deep of a relationship," Carter said during the interview.

Details about Lady Gaga's decision to cast her manager by the wayside are still few and far between as of this writing. However, it's believed that there were some problems in the relationship prior to the firing last November. The official reason for the split was "creative differences," which everyone knows could mean just about anything.

Troy Carter discovered Lady Gaga during the very early stages of her career. The former manager said that the singer had just been dropped by Def Jam when they first met up. However, Carter saw plenty of potential in Lady Gaga even when the label clearly didn't want to put forth the time or effort.

"She was a performance artist calling herself Lady Gaga, who had a European dance-club sound and pop-star aspirations -- elements that historically haven't mixed," Carter explained.

He continued, "She walked in with these huge sunglasses on, fishnet stockings, and basically told me how she was going to change the game."

Lady Gaga previously stated that she was extremely unhappy with some of her handlers during the release of ARTPOP. She explained that this ultimately resulted in the delay of her music video for "Do What You Want." In her opinion, these folks didn't know how to properly manage her precious time.

"It is late because, just like with the 'Applause' video unfortunately, I was given a week to plan and execute it. Those who have betrayed me gravely mismanaged my time and health and left me on my own to damage control any problems that ensued as a result," Lady Gaga explained during a recent Q&A session with fans.

The singer also apologized for ARTPOP. She said, "Give me a chance to show you the meaning of seeing art all around you. Open your hearts to me again that I may show you the joy of us coming together through our talents, that we are stronger as a unit than when we are alone. Forgive me monsters. Forgive me 'ARTPOP.' You are my whole world."

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