On the cusp of the much anticipated of her ARTPOP album on November 11, reports are surfacing that Lady Gaga has parted ways with her manager of the past six years, Troy Carter. Neither side has officially confirmed the split, but Showbiz411, which first broke the story, gives the reason as “creative differences.”
Gaga and Carter began working together in 2007—Gaga controlling most of the creative aspects of her career, while Carter handled most of the business aspects. Carter is widely credited with helping to make Lady Gaga a worldwide star, with over 23 million records sold in a career barely half a decade old.
Gaga has released several singles from ARTPOP, with the lead single “Applause” peaking at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100.
While certainly nothing is confirmed, news of Gaga splitting with her manager has raised fresh speculation as to the reason why she was weeping openly during her live performance of her song “Dope” during Sunday evening’s YouTube Music Awards.