Lady Gaga’s got a pretty good poker face. The “Born This Way” singer recently told the makers of documentary Who the F— is Arthur Fogel? that despite her apparent fame and force, she was totally broke during her Monster Ball tour.
“I had $3 million in the bank to my name and I threw it all in to make my stage,” Gaga said about the stage she took on her 2009 tour. “I was bankrupt during the show.”
Scratching your head over that one? You’re not alone. The 27-year-old says her own father was questioning her math. “I remember I went home and I was with my dad and he said, ‘I don’t understand. ‘Bad Romance’ is out, you’re all over the radio, everybody is talking about you and you don’t have a pot to piss in.”
But Mother Monster said just stay the course. “Let me do this. Let me put it on the stage because I think if I can do this, I think I can get Arthur Fogel’s attention. And I did.” If you’re asking the question posed in the doc’s title, Arthur’s a famed music promoter currently with Live Nation. He’s the man behind the mega-concerts of superstars like U2, Diana Ross, and Madonna.
As for Lady Gaga’s bank account, don’t worry about that one. Gaga’s gamble paid off. Her work with Arthur led to a $40 million check direct from Live Nation.