Lady Gaga is so out there that we couldn’t possibly imagine her being shy. But according to her first manager Bob Leone, she was anything but outgoing.
In a new interview with People, Leone talks about the Gaga he knew before she blew up into the biggest thing in music.
Leone, who knew Gaga back when she was 13 or 14 years old, tells the mag,
"She was painfully shy – very different from who she is now. She came to the open mics with her mother twice before she built up the courage to go onstage."
Leone, a former director for the Songwriters Hall of Fame, worked with Gaga for several years and managed her for six months in 2006. He is now auctioning off nine pieces of Gaga memorabilia (including a never-released 2002 demo recording and original Stefani Germanotta CDs) for a Gotta Have Rock 'N Roll online auction. He’s gotta make money off her somehow, right?!
"She was prodigy-like," he says of Gaga. "She was clearly a very good songwriter and keyboard player."
"It was a very important six months because going into it, she was Stefani, and she was still writing pop music. By the end of that six month period, she was officially Lady Gaga."
Leone also recalls a showcase Gaga did with other artists back in 2006. "She blew everyone away," Leone says. "Nobody talked about anything after that show but Lady Gaga. She bantered with the audience and was very funny. I never noticed that sense of humor when she was Stefani."
But once thing that’s always been a part of Gaga is her determination.
"Whenever someone asked her, 'what is your goal?' she would always give the same two-word answer: 'world domination,'" says Leone with a laugh. And now? "She's got it!"
It’s cool to hear someone’s perspective that knew Gaga before she blew up. Sounds like she’s been working a loooong time to get where she is today!