Have you heard the latest Lady Gaga rumor? It’s a doozy. Investigative journalist and author Ian Halperin tells Star that “Gaga barely ate for weeks at a time to fit into her costume,” that “Part of the reason she wears wigs and makeup is because her hair is falling out and she’s covered in red blotches, both side effects of [lupus],” and that “she has done every drug conceivable,” all according to her friends and his other sources. “She’s morphed into this caricature called Lady Gaga, who isn’t even a real person. The girl known as Stefi to her friends and family has all but disappeared.” Gasp! These are serious allegations!
Wait a second. This sounds like the same combination of actual fact stretched to the edge of
glory believability, carefully-phrased but non-libelous implications, and juicy but impossible-to-disprove conjecture that characterized the Sandra Bullock-Jesse James sex-tape rumor, or that poorly-sourced book that insisted that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were on the verge of breaking up. Who wrote those again? Oh yeah?investigative journalist and author Ian Halperin.
We have to say, Halperin’s rumor-mongering is extraordinarily skillful. He may even be our generation’s Robert Harrison. He lays out a diagnosis of anorexia, leaving readers to draw the conclusion. He springboards off Gaga’s revelation a year ago that she’s genetically predisposed to lupus to fashion a fable about her costumes. He uses variety of drug use to imply regularity of drug use. And certainly no one can deny his claim that “she’s morphed into this caricature called Lady Gaga, who isn’t even a real person.”
So while we’re extremely skeptical of Halperin’s claims, we do have to admit he can spin a good yarn. And while nothing can top his claiming, after the death of Michael Jackson, to have predicted the death of Michael Jackson, this Gaga tell-all may be his next-best work.