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Lady Gaga: 5 Coronavirus Career Crushings (& Counting)

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By Alyssa McCraw

If there was a list of celebrities who have really taken a hit because of the global pandemic, Lady Gaga might be a the top of it.

The "Stupid Love" singer and native New Yorker had just released the lead single off her then-impending album "Chromatica" when the virus really saw its uptake - and it's basically been blow after blow since then.

We'll try to go in order here, but everything moved so quickly that we're not even sure if it matters!

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A "Chromatica" Cut-Off

"11 days in Las Vegas should be illegal," Lady Gaga shared alongside a photo of her laying on the ground of her bus or plane; October, 2019.
Lady Gaga | Facebook

"First of all," Gaga began a March 24th statement, "I want to make sure everyone is staying safe and practicing social distancing. Please know that I am thinking of you all. I wanted to tell you, that after a lot of deliberation, I've made the incredibly tough decision to postpone the release of 'Chromatica.'"

She then proceeded to use a "placeholder" album cover until it was time to release the real thing. The art was accidentally leaked ahead of schedule by an online record store, forcing Gaga to reveal it via social media on April 5th.

A Festival Fairtytale, Failed

LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 28: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Lady Gaga performs during her 'ENIGMA' residency at Park Theater at Park MGM on December 28, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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In the same letter and with the same heavy heart, Gaga both reinforced fans of her Vegas residency's fate as she newly informed them of what was to-be (but wasn't anymore).

"As you may have also heard, MGM sadly had to postpone my Vegas shows from April 30-May 11 due to guidelines about public gatherings from the CDC," she continued. "I [also] had a secret Coachella set lined up, and a lot of other fun surprises, some of which I'm still planning to share with all of you very soon!"

A Bravado-Barren Birthday

A few days before her birthday, Lady Gaga dons a black hoodie in a selfie, saying this time is reminding "a lot of us what it is to both feel like and be a human being;" March, 2020.
Lady Gaga | Facebook

Four days later, the star rang in her 34th birthday at club quarantine. While she herself stayed mum about the event, a certain member of the celebriverse was not-so-silent.

"Happy birthday to a literal angel that has changed my life in many ways," Ariana Grande shared via Twitter. Attached was a previously-taken selfie of the two pop stars.

Grande then incited, as MTV put it so well, "a pop emergency" by adding that she would tell Gaga "more about it later." This sparked rumors of a possible collab - which, if already in existence - we probably won't have for a while.

A Fearful Father

Lady Gaga her father (Joe Germanotta's) Art Bird & Whiskey Bar restaurant; July, 2018.
Lady Gaga | Twitter

It was then widely publicized on March 30th that Gaga's dad, Joe Germanotta, shared a since-removed GoFundMe page set up to aid his suffering restaurant.

"I'm doing the best I can," Germanotta tweeted at the time, "but we had to close Joanne [Trattoria] for the month."

Mr. Germanotta's social media cry was ill-received by the public (because, as one put it, he could have just asked his "rich daughter to help"). What most people missed is that - while Germanotta did share the fundraiser's link, he did not start the campaign itself. The text from his now-deleted tweet read that it was "organized by Laura Wilson."

Sadly, this has been the only Germanotta-owned eatery in peril as of late. We reported on March 1st that the proud patriarch was refusing to pay rent for his Manhattan-based Art Bird & Whiskey Bar, situated inside of Grand Central Terminal - and just two miles from Joanne Trattoria. He stated his reasoning was due to "poor conditions"

"Some days," Germanotta said, "there are more homeless people down there than there is foot traffic in the early morning,"

A Broadcast Blunder

THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0344 -- Pictured: (l-r) Singer Lady Gaga during an interview with host Jimmy Fallon on October 6, 2015.
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Which brings us to (almost) current day.

By now, you've probably seen or heard about Gaga's brief appearance during "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" last week. But if you missed it, the host teased out a "big announcement" on Gaga's during a special at-home edition on April 3rd. Fallon then connected on a FaceTime call with Gaga before she asked for a rain check.

"I'm sorry," she said, "it's just a really weird time. I'm doing - I'm...hello? Am I on TV?!"

Gaga ended the strange encounter because she was still "ironing out the details." But, she come out and say "it's for COVID-19" - and allegedly, it's coming on Monday (April 6th).

Hang in there, LG!

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