Since her debut in 2008, Lady Gaga captured the Hollywood industry with her eccentric songs, unique signature style, as well as some of her controversial performances while on stage. While she proved herself to become a successful singer and even better actress, many fans are still shrouded in mystery as to how exactly Lady Gaga got her screen name.
In an exclusive interview with Oprah Winfrey, Lady Gaga reveals the origin of her name “Gaga” can be attributed back to the Queen‘s 1984 song entitled “Radio Gaga.” Since then, Lady Gaga said her nickname stuck with her and even her friends and former producer Rob Fusari called her by that name.
However, she got the idea for the “Lady” part of the screen name when Oprah asked if it was okay to call her that. Lady Gaga said to call her by her usual nickname since it felt quite awkward to be called a “Lady.” Despite her refusal, Lady Gaga revealed that the title “Lady” stuck to her ever since.
As Lady Gaga prepared for her debut album in 2008, she decided to abandon her real name that she’d been using in auditions all these years. She revealed how she wanted to reinvent and create an alter-ego where she could go beyond the boundaries of normality while performing on stage.
Suddenly the name “Lady” popped in her head and she thought of combining it with Gaga. According to her, her screen name depicts a “Lady” who’s daring enough to break her limits and do crazy things. Hence, the household name “Lady Gaga” we know today was born.
Unfortunately, Fusari and Gaga’s professional working relationship ended in the same year the singer debuted her album entitled “The Fame.” Despite the album’s successful release, Gaga faced controversies when her former producer filed a $30.5 million lawsuit against her. Fusari claimed Gaga owed him money from the earnings she collected from song royalties.
He revealed he started calling Germanotta “Lady Gaga” since his phone kept on auto-correcting from “Radio Gaga” to “Lady Gaga.” Since she loved the name, they decided to make it her stage name. However, Fusari mysteriously dropped the lawsuit he filed against the singer three years later.
Since the incident, Lady Gaga has been switching on calling herself Lady, Gaga, or her full screen-name. In 2018, she referred herself as “Lady” while shooting her film “A Star is Born” with Bradley Cooper. Since then, her movie garnered an astounding $100 million earnings in the box office 12 days after its release.
Gaga also won the prestigious Golden Globe Award for the best original song “Shallow” they performed in the movie. Lady Gaga also reveals she wants the public to call her either just Gaga, Enigma, or Stefani as she moves into Las Vegas. It leaves the fans speculating maybe she intends to introduce another persona, aside from her Jo Calderone, and Yüyi alter-egos.