Apparently the meat-wearing, Grammy-winner was “painfully shy” as a teenager.
Lady Gaga’s first manager, Bob Leone, says Gaga was a reserved teenager, too shy to perform.
Leone had first met Gaga when she was 13 or 14 years old at an open mic night.
“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 told People.
Leone had worked with Gaga (aka Stefani Germanotta) for a few years and managed her in 2006 for six months. He is now auctioning off Gaga memorabilia for a Gotta Have Rock ‘N Roll online auction. The items up for auction include a never-released demo recording from 2002, and original Stefani Germanotta CDs.
Leone, a former director for the Songwriters Hall of Fame, claimed that Gaga “was prodigy-like,” when he first heard her sing. “She was clearly a very good songwriter and keyboard player.”
Leone saw Germanotta transform to Lady Gaga firsthand.
“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.”
By 2006, Leone claims that Gaga’s stage presence and confidence emerged as well, including a sense of humor that he hadn’t noticed before.
Leone recalls with a laugh, “Whenever someone asked her, ‘what is your goal?’ she would always give the same two-word answer: ‘world domination.’ She’s got it!”
So ladies and gents, Gaga used to be shy. I still think it was her putting on a very good poker face.