- Also Known As:
- Stefani Germanotta, Gaga
- 5' 1"
- New York
Lady Gaga (born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta on March 28, 1986) is an American singer and songwriter. She was born in New York City, New York to Cynthia (née Bissett) and Joseph Germanotta, an internet entrepreneur. Descending from Italian and more distant French-Canadian roots, Gaga is the eldest of two children. Although she grew up in the affluent Upper West Side, Gaga reportedly said that her parents “both came from lower-class families, so we’ve worked for everything — my mother worked eight to eight out of the house, in telecommunications, and so did my father.” Lady Gaga’s high school and academic life was “very dedicated, very studious, very disciplined,” but also “a bit insecure,” she says. Lady Gaga’s post- high school experience consisted of her attending the Collaborative Arts Project 21 (CAP21), a musical theatre training conservatory at NYU’s Tish School of the Arts. Gaga withdrew from CAP21 at 19, during her sophomore year, deciding to focus on her musical career. Gaga’s father agreed to pay for her rent for a year, based on the condition she would re-enroll in school if unsuccessful. As it turned out, Lady Gaga was able to reach her career peak and not go back to Tish.
Best Known For:
Lady Gaga is known for her music and her outrageous, attention-grabbing performances, as well as her avant-garde (some might say outlandish) style of dressing herself. Her publicity-stunt-esque, oft politically charged manner of conducting herself, both on-stage and in her daily life, is quite reminiscent of Madonna at the height of her own fame in the 1980s.
Lady Gaga began dating Taylor Kinney, 35, in Dec. 2011 just a few months after they met on the set of Gaga’s ‘You and I’ music video in 2011. Gaga announced their engagement on Feb. 16, 2015 by posting a picture to Instagram with the caption: “He gave me his heart on Valentine’s Day, and I said YES!” It was announced in July 2016 that Taylor and Lady Gaga had broken off their engagement. However, the two remain close and continue to fuel romance rumors with their constant support of each other.