Did Lady Gaga fire her collaborator for comparing her to Madonna?


Here are some new photos of Lady Gaga out and about in London over the weekend, where she made an appearance on the UK’s X Factor. She was holding a dainty tea cup and she made sure to look prim and lady-like. I guess when Gaga is in England, she tries to emulate the Queen…? I do like this wig that’s currently using. It flatters her face. Those sunglasses don’t do much for her, though.

By the way, have you heard that Gaga just fired her choreographer/collaborator/creative director and friend, Laurieann Gibson? Some are saying Gaga fired her for cause, because Gibson wasn’t helping the Gaga-brand, and because Laurieann seemed to be bad-mouthing Gaga and her monsters. Some say that Laurieann might be used as an excuse for why Gaga’s shtick is growing rather tired. Here’s EW’s exhaustive story:

It’s not looking pretty in Monster-land. This past weekend, it was announced that Lady Gaga has ended her partnership with her longtime creative director, Laurieann Gibson. The move is a shocking one for Lady Gaga, who is known for her loyalty to her friends in the Haus of Gaga. Indeed, Gibson has been with Gaga since the pre-Fame days, and is the choreographer behind all her big hits. Fans can rightly be concerned about this new direction, as Gibson should definitely be given credit for having a hand in essentially everything Gaga has done up until now in her videos.

Gaga, for all her vocal prowess, has said herself that she’s not a dancer, and Gibson has been able to work with that and still choreograph a distinctive style in “Just Dance” “Poker Face” “LoveGame” “Paparazzi” “Bad Romance” “Telephone” “Judas” “Alejandro” and “Born This Way.” (Yup, you read that correctly. It’s pretty much all the hits).

The reasons for the break up have not been officially commented on, but problems first became apparent to fans during the filming of the “Judas” (which Gibson also co-directed) video this past spring, where the religious imagery, particularly Lady Gaga as a sexified Mary Magdalene, made Gibson uncomfortable. “At one point, there was two completely different views and after the third glass of wine, I was like, ‘Listen, I don’t want lightning to strike me. I believe in the Gospel and I’m not going there,” Gibson said at the time.

Is this a battle of the egos? Many sources point to Gibson’s growing celebrity profile as the cause of the troubles — Gibson got her own show on E! this year, The Dance Scene, and she may not have been able to give Gaga the full attention she presumably demanded.

Also troubling was Gibson’s response to fans after the minimalist “Edge of Glory” video. She tweeted, “listen u disrespectful f**k they had an issue on set I don’t lie!!!!!” and “creative Changes happen always educate ignorant Monster’s!!!” It’s obvious Lady Gaga would be none too pleased about anyone saying anything negative to her fans, as they, and her relationship with them, is her life blood. Interestingly, Gibson recently deleted her Twitter account.

I personally think the kiss of death may have been Gibson’s Madonna comments, where she told the L.A. Times, “Listen, [Madonna] should be bitter because I did it [modeling Gaga's visual aesthetic on Madonna] on purpose, and you can quote me. I did it on purpose because for all those kids who believe that you can’t, I wanted to let them feel that you can. And that’s what I represent, that’s what Gags represents.”

While Gaga obviously draws some inspiration for both her look and sound from Her Madgesty, it’s a comparison she’s not wanting to encourage lately, as Internet haters have continually harped on her borrowing of earlier artists’ work.

Lady Gaga has tweeted that Richard Jackson, Gibson’s former #2, is now her new choreographer. “Warming up with my choreographer Richard Jackson, singing + pinning garments till the last moment. So excited for The Night, gonna Marry It.” It’ll be interesting to see the video for “Marry The Night” (which Gaga directed) released in the next few weeks, and how it differs from her previous work with Gibson.

This news comes at the end of a relatively disappointing year for Gaga. Although “Born This Way” was the number one song for six consecutive weeks, her other singles off Born This Way (most particularly “Judas”) have failed to hit number one. Of course, success at her level is all relative; she has had four top-ten hits in 2011 and cleaned up at the European Music Awards last week. But for many, this changes signals serious trouble in paradise.

[From Entertainment Weekly]

Ouch, the Madonna stuff is particularly tricky, and it does seem like Gaga might have fired her – partially, at least – because Gibson dared to mention the obvious: that Gaga jacks from Madge. Now, on one side, it seems like Gibson and Gaga hadn’t grown together as artists, which totally happens when you’re collaborating with two very different people. It also sounds like Gibson was acting unprofessionally. On the other side, if Gibson really was responsible for so much of Gaga’s image, choreography, etc, it’s going to get rough now that she’s gone.





Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. SueAnn says:

    Why does she wear wigs? Is she bald? What does her real hair look like? Not a fan of hers in any way…

  2. Brooke says:

    this character is such a fraud. first ensnaring all the tragically naive, disenfranchised youth with her ‘born this way’ message with kooky costumes [yet you note she never had a dancer/performer onstage with her who wasn't physically flawless] only to not very slowly or casually wend her way to the ultimate end: driving luxury goods consumption by wearing every designer tog she can get her paws on; and so blatantly at that. sigh.

  3. Kaboom says:

    That last outfit with the black skirt looks almost acceptable.

  4. Leigh says:

    ….is her 15 minutes up yet?

  5. Paige says:

    No Leigh they aren’t and you are going to be waiting a long time for them to be up!

  6. gg says:

    Which will be a good thing I think, since the jerky drill-team routines are getting very old. She needs to branch out anyway. Time for a change.

    @SueAnn – if you’re not a fan, then you wouldn’t understand why she wears wigs. She’s not bald. A different look would be my guess.

  7. Smithy says:

    Hey, haters gonna hate. :) I personally LOVE the looks shown here.

  8. DetRiotgirl says:

    Supposedly the Marry The Night video is going to be her longest one yet. I’m taking that to mean it’s going to be at least ten minutes long, or quite possibly longer. That information alone is bad enough, but add to this new story to the mix and you have a recipe for one big, bloated disaster.

    Btw, I remember the Twitter fight between Laurieann and Gaga’s monsters after the edge of glory video came out. It was hilarious and scary at the same time. I get the impression that Laurieann is a bit of a B, but nobody tops Gaga’s monsters when it comes to assholery. They have to be the most abusive fans on the Internet. Honestly, they’re worse than Beliebers.

    Lately there’s been a trend among Monsters to preach about bullying, which I find laughably hypocritical when you consider the way they treat anyone who doesn’t fall all over themselves to praise Gaga. In fact, let’s expand that to include anyone who happens to like other female singers as much as they like Gaga too. God forbid someone enjoy both Born This Way AND Teenage Dream or 21!

    Gaga has apparently made some foundation to, I don’t know, encourage kids not to feel bullied? I guess. But, monsters are acting as though Gaga just now invented the concept of making it through adolescence. It’s ridiculous. Gaga has even taken to saying that she’s going to lobby (Gaga is a lobbyist now? Sure, why not) to make a law against bullying. Really, Gaga?

    First off, what defines bullying? If I make a negative (yet true) comment about someone, am I bullying them? For example, when we comment on a celebrity that has gained weight, are we bullying them? Would Gaga like us to ban negative thoughts as well? What about false accusations? If someone simply doesn’t like my opinion, are they allowed to label me a bully? At what point does an accusation of bullying become bullying itself?

    Let me assure you, I spent a good portion of my school years getting bullied unmercifully on the playground, and I still have zero sympathy or support for this twit and her imaginary fairy land where everyone suddenly gets along because they buy her records. Guess what? Struggles and conflicts sometimes make us better, more interesting people.

    Of course, no one should suffer physically or experience setbacks (not being allowed on the football team for being gay, for example) just for being different. But, that’s why we have extra punishments for hate crimes and civil court for discrimination claims. There is no need for the government or the police to stop us from hurting each others feelings as well.

    *end rant*

  9. Jover says:

    Agree brooke go on youtube type in Stefani germanotti band nyu and you can see how she is such a label/corporate creation everyone knows that – hell, she didn’t have the creativity to come up with her stage name by all accounts, rehashed dance pop is not avante-garde; I don’t think she can branch out she can’t do rock (even by today’s watered down standard), she can’t do urban or country or alt – real classical music I don’t think so – just more repititive overproduced dance music. and unlike zeppelin in the 70s and Michael in the 80s she doesn’t have a larger than life aura to sustain her if the music somewhat declines.

  10. Kim says:

    Gaga needs to stop tweaking her face. Her nose jobs were 1 thing but she is starting to look mannequin plastic and odd.

  11. Euphorima says:

    She forgot the hats in these British impersonation!!!She is like stale bread to me…..by trying so hard to be different she is soooo predictable and boring!!! Costumes, costumes, costumes, so lame!!!!

  12. F5 says:

    Brought to you by Atrocious R Us 0__o

  13. testington says:

    I think this is a good thing. Gaga’s choreography has always been very basic and pretty bad. Granted she isn’t the worlds best dancer (she REALLY shouldn’t have danced next to Bey in the Telephone video because NOBODY can complete with that)

  14. Loonesta says:

    “[Madonna] should be bitter because I did it [modeling Gaga's visual aesthetic on Madonna] on purpose…because for all those kids who believe that you can’t, I wanted to let them feel that you can. And that’s what I represent, that’s what Gags represents.”
    Huh? Lady Kinko’s represents a deliberate wannaMadonnabe? And this is supposed to inspire kids, to let them feel that they can be a FauxDonna? Who’d want that, in the 21st Century?

  15. Eric says:

    I remember seeing Laurieann Gibson on a Vegas episode of “So You Think You Can Dance” a few seasons back and being horrified by her behavior. The woman was a totally over-the-top diva, screaming and carrying on during her portion of the auditions. She later did some choreography for the show and I was totally unimpressed. Do not understand her increasing clout, but I think it’s safe to say that as much as Gaga benefited from Gibson’s work, Gibson benefited from her Gaga connection.

    I think the argument that Gaga owes a significant chunk of her fame and brand to Gibson is utter horseshit. Gaga is a performer, and dancing is a big part of her shows, but I don’t think any of her routines have been particularly iconic. Gibson was part of a well-oiled machine that backs a performer. This is no different from virtually any other superstar currently on the pop landscape — they all have their teams. None of these people are doing it by themselves.

    As for the constant chorus that Gaga is just ripping off Madonna — you guys, Madonna’s entire career is based on ripping off/reinterpreting other people’s established styles. And I say that as a hardcore Madonna fan. She was a genius for spotting underground trends that she knew could go mainstream, and getting them out there slightly ahead of the curve. To criticize Gaga for doing exactly what Madonna did nearly 30 years before…I’m not sure where you go with that argument. There are no more originals. At least, I am hard-pressed to name one. At least Gaga is a competent singer/performer who doesn’t have to rely on all manner of electronic manipulation to even sound passable on the radio, and puts on an actual show in concert instead of just standing there *cough*Britney*cough*.

  16. I Choose Me says:

    Applauds DetRiotgirl’s entire comment.

  17. Genevieve says:

    Yawn….I’m so over Lady Gaga…..I think she’s too repetitive & tries to hard.
    Plus her last album was blah.

  18. dragonlady sakura says:

    While I love her voice, I’m sick of the silly costumes and gimmicks. Her talented singing should be enough for her and after awhile, all her fans will get sick of it also.

  19. JT says:

    Gaga looks fabulous in the two outfits. She’s got the tea because it’s a comfort thing for her. I think she’s starting to find a happy medium between being fashionably forward but still keep it flattering. She looked amazing in Alexander McQueen at the Bambi awards. I love that she’s bringing such iconic talented designers to the red carpet.
    I’m sure she’ll do fine on her own. She may have been given help along the way but it has always her vision.

  20. Nicole says:

    Gaga is all style, no substance.

    At least Katy Perry, Ke$ha, and other pop artists don’t put up a facade and pretend to be something they aren’t. They know they are just POP MUSICIANS, they aren’t trying to be oh-so-edgy and avant garde as if they’re the next freakin’ coming of Mozart or Warhol.

  21. @ Eric you said it. Madonna took what was underground and made it mainstream she didn’t steal anything from anyone. She has many a time in videos state how she saw things that were just emerging and bringing them to the mainstream. She didn’t see Whiteny and said i want to dress act sing and move just like her. Huge Difference.

  22. lolol says:

    her in the pink outfit.. screams “Daddy daddy, please buy me more awards!”

  23. F5 says:

    except that Madonna made no secret of who she was reinterpreting ( MM, Dietrich, “Metropolis”) since she would do sort of homage ( I know I know..lol) while Gaga does nothing but copy Madonna.. then she expects that we all get collective amnesia and forget what Madonna looked and sounded like

  24. cole says:

    @jt Gag is HARDLY the first to wear McQueen. What a hag. A total lie to sell $$$ too bad she even buys into her own b.s.

  25. sigh says:

    I’m convinced this is part of a bigger image overhaul. With all of the illuminati & Satanist imagery in her videos, people were starting to realize she’s a watered down version of Marilyn Manson. The video where she’s a nun (Alejandro, I think) really turned people off & unless she’s really stupid, she realizes she crossed the line with many of her fans.

    She’s trying to appear more moderate & will undoubtedly call it “reinvention” or the next “era”.

    Search youtube for analysis of her videos & her songs played backward…pretty scary stuff. I’m not some religious nut, but I really don’t want to listen to her music anymore after seeing/hearing some of those videos.

  26. Anthony says:

    Gaga is one ugly bitch and stupid too. Does she think she looks refine with that tea cup. Bitch, please. I wouldn’t f*ck her with Mariah’s c@ck.

  27. bored says:

    yeah… still love her.

  28. CIndy says:

    I know why her songs didn’t go to number one. Controvercy. I love Judas? You can’t go number one with a song like that, heloooo. Edge of Glory? Stupid video, and not the coolest song on the menu. She calls Marry the Night epic. She went epic on more than just that song. What audience are you trying to capture with this music? My teenage dream tonig aah it..that’s also cheezy coming from you. Your fans are sophisticated and grown up with an occasional teenager who’s parents don’t mind them playing songs with lyrics like…I want your psycho, your vertical stick, want you in my rear window, baby ya sic…that’s GaGa..monster queen in your face lyrics, subtle and clever, and in your face..that’s cool. I think your audience in general aren’t fourteen year olds, or younger. I don’t like epic songs, and there’s plenty in Born This Way. AND, guess what I do when I play my Born This Way cd? I quickly skip that song to go to the next song. Some of the songs on this album just don’t sound GaGa like. It’s like the cheezy part in Judus, “oh, baby it’s so cruel, but I’m still in luv with Judas baby” that part. Epic songs, and silly parts don’t make for number 1 hits. And, I would have used Heavy Metal Lover, I really like that one, and You and I. Bad Kid is a good one. And, I’m gonna dance, dance, dance with my hands, hands, hands above my head..like Jesus said. I like that one also. Money, Money, Money… that’s a good one. Who’s telling/or suggesting to L. GaGa to use the not so great songs on this cd? Whomever it is..FIRE THEM!!! And, I bet you all the tea in China that my comment will not be “heard” by GaGa, or Haus of GaGa at all. Good free advice..priceless. AND, i AM a total GaGa fan, and an American. So, put that in your pipe, and smoke it.