Lady Gaga has always generated a lot of hype thanks to her eccentric fashion statements and outspoken ways. In fact, her popularity is now so vast that not only does she hold the record for the highest number of Twitter followers, but she also makes a $30 million dollar profit out of it.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the pop star makes a third of her $90 million income thanks to all the interaction she has with her followers, which just goes to show — it really does pay to be social!
Indeed, the world certainly seems to be gaga for Gaga, however, communication with the star is about to become a very one-way street. In an upcoming interview with Oprah Winfrey, the pop star reveals that she’ll be pulling the plug on press interviews for the foreseeable future and taking a self-imposed vow of silence.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that while appearing on Oprah’s Next Chapter (set to air March 18), Gaga tells Winfrey, “Other than this interview, Oprah, I do not intend to speak to anyone for a very long time…No press, no television. If my mom calls and says, ‘Did you hear about…’ I shut it all off.”
As of now it’s unclear how long this media hiatus will go on for or whether this break also includes social media outlets like Twitter. But if it does, her Little Monsters are definitely going to have something to say about it.
However, this isn’t the first time a Hollywood star has temporarily (or permanently) retreated out of the limelight. Many stars before her have taken a break from the public eye in one way or another.
Sandra Bullock briefly fell off the media radar in 2010, after her adoption and marital scandal flooded the tabloid covers. Thankfully, the actress has now returned from her sabbatical and is much more open about giving interviews these days.
Additionally, John Mayer decided to completely shut down his Twitter account back in 2010, after a controversial interview with Playboy magazine received a great deal of negative feedback.
Ashton Kutcher experienced a similar situation in 2011 when he posted a misguided tweet about Penn State football coach, Joe Paterno, onto his social media account. And though he’s didn’t delete his account like Mayer, he did hand over “tweeting” power to his management team, which was probably for the best.
Back in 2009, Sean Penn took a complete break from acting entirely, supposedly to spend more time with his family, even turning down left two film projects, The Three Stooges and Cartel, to do it. But unfortunately his plan didn’t work out too well since his wife, Robyn Wright, filed for a divorce that same year.
For her part, Renee Zellweger told Glamour magazine in 2009 that she would be taking a voluntary hiatus from the biz so she could “gobble up books,” nap,” and “sit still long enough to see where my brain goes.”
Bottom line: sometimes celebs just need a break. Let’s just hope in Gaga’s case it’s short and temporary. The more Gaga we can get, the better.