Lady Gaga Had 5 Hits In 2009, But Was Still Broke

2009 was the year of Lady Gaga. Most of us probably assumed that she was rolling in dough when she embarked on her Monster Ball tour, but apparently, she was totally broke. “I actually went bankrupt after the first extension of The Monster Ball,” Gaga said. “And it was funny because I didn’t know! [I asked] ‘Why is every­one saying I have no money? This is ridiculous; I have five No. 1 singles.’ And they said, ‘Well, you’re $3 million in debt.'”

So, what caused her financial black hole? The fact that she decided to pay for all the changes for the tour—including sets and costumes—herself. But she says it was totally worth it. “It’s honestly true that money means nothing to me,” she said. “The only big things I’ve purchased are my dad’s heart valve and a Rolls-Royce for my parents, for their anniversary. Other than that, I put everything in the show.”

[NY Daily News]