What’s going on with the “Do What U Want” video? Gaga explains in a post to her website, blames ex-manager and friendship woes.
Poor Lady Gaga! She’s had a rough go during the last several months. Between hip surgery and lackluster sales on her newest album, ARTPOP, it’s been a bummer half-year for the performer. Her latest single “Do What U Want” was first recorded with R. Kelly and recently rerecorded with Christina Aguilera and has done fairly well with fans and on the charts. But many are wondering: Where’s the video?
In a post on her Little Monster website, Gaga hinted that manager woes are to blame for the holdup and lamented a lack of support from former friends who were once in her corner.
“My heart breaks from the people I have trusted and loved who I’ve worked so closely with, who have used me, lied to me, worked me into the ground for the personal gain,” Gaga wrote in a reply to a fan post on the site. “When I woke up in the hospital after my surgery, there were many people that were not there. My health did not matter. I did not matter unless I could perform. This is a very hard lesson.”
All bets are on this referencing her recent split from her manager, who parted ways with the singer in November. While her manager left just days before ARTPOP released, Gaga was adamant that there were no hard feelings between the performer and her label, Interscope. “I have lost love [sic] ones to the greed of money. It is not Interscope. They in fact love me very much and will see ARTPOP to the end.”
Later, the singer decided her reply wasn’t enough and wanted to expand upon the issues she was currently facing. In the post, she explains she was given only a week to put together a video for “Do what U Want,” which most Gaga fans would know is never enough time for the perfectionist. Here’s her full post from the Little Monster site:
It is late because, just like with the Applause video unfortunately, I was given a week to plan and execute it. It is very devastating for someone like me, I devote every moment of my life to creating fantasies for you. All my most successful videos were planned over a period of time when I was rested and my creativity was honored. 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. Millions of dollars are not enough for some people. They want billions. Then they need trillions. I was not enough for some people. They wanted more. I am very grateful to the photographers and designers who have always stood by me to make sure my fans are never aware of the things that happen behind the scenes, but unfortunately after my surgery I was too sick, too tired, and too sad to control the damage on my own. My label was not aware that this was going on. The next few months of ARTPOP will truly be its beginning. Because those who did not care about ARTPOP’s success are now gone, and the dreams I have been planning can now come to fruition. Please forgive me that I did not foresee this coming, I never thought after all the years of hard work that those I called friends and partners would ever care so little at a time I needed them the most. 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. Let me be for you the Goddess that I know I truly am, let me show you the visions that have been in my mind for two years. I love you. Forgive me monsters. Forgive me ARTPOP. You are my whole world.
It sounds like Lady Gaga has had a pretty depressing couple of months. We definitely understand the delay. We do hope a video is on its way, though! (P.S. We’re rooting for something with Aguilera, instead of R. Kelly. That SNL performance was just too weird for a repeat!)