Lady Gaga Doesn't Need Her Creative Director Anymore

After several wildly successful years together, Lady Gaga's partnership with creative director Laurieann Gibson has come to the finish line. The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that the two women have ended their professional relationship, and that Richard Jackson, who was Gibson's second in command, is now choreographing all of Gaga's performances.

On the surface, it sounds like a surprising move, considering how long Gaga has worked with Gibson. Their partnership began in 2007 when Gaga was a new signee at Interscope Records, and many credit Gibson with shaping Gaga into the multiplatinum, Grammy-winning performer she is today.

It seems their relationship has become strained over time, though, and recently Gaga's Little Monsters have been questioning Gibson’s public statements about the singer


The fallout may have started last May, when Gibson was asked about her thoughts on Lady Gaga's ongoing comparison to Madonna. Gibson told Pop & Hiss that she did in fact model Gaga's visual aesthetic on Madonna's work, saying,

(Madonna) should be bitter, because I did it 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 Gaga represents.

Yeah, that's mmmmmaybe not the best argument in the whole world for how Gaga is a unique artist who isn't simply recycling ideas from a past performer.

Gibson also publicly stated that she was uncomfortable with the strong religious overtones in Gaga's "Judas" video:

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."

Finally, Gibson had a mini-meltdown on Twitter in response to a fan's criticism of the production value in the video for “The Edge of Glory." She wrote on the Twitter handle (that was recently deleted) to a fan:

listen u disrespectful f**k they had an issue on set I don't lie!!!!!

And to another:

creative Changes happen always educate ignorant Monster's!!!

(Total random aside: seriously, this is how a 42-year-old woman communicates? I know it's just Twitter, but for crying out loud. I jusT Can't understand How Some1 type's Like thAT!!!!!)

It sounds like it was definitely time for Gaga to strike out on her own, but it'll be interesting to see if the retired partnership has any affect on Gaga's appeal. Will fans notice a change in Gaga's videos or performances? I'm guessing that at this point, Lady Gaga has her artistic vision figured out, and the resources to make anything happen, regardless of who's on her creative team—but who knows, maybe we'll discover that Gibson had more influence than anyone knew.

Do you think it's good news that Gaga split from Laurieann Gibson?

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