Lady Gaga Reveals ‘Massive Struggles’ in Open Letter to Fans

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Lady Gaga got personal with her Little Monsters on Tuesday, posting an open letter on her website that described the past year’s ups and downs.

In a composition called “A letter to my sweet fans,” she wrote, “Today is a really happy day for me. The past year was a challenge, and I’m so happy to have my spirit back. I felt in chains at times.”

What made Gaga feel that way?

“Whether [it] be the record label disagreeing with me on single choices, or directors who could only create an idea of ‘gaga’ or what I’ve ‘done before’ and not able to move forward,” she wrote.

Gaga then addressed the criticism of her single “Born This Way,” which has been compared to Madonna’s “Express Yourself.” In January, Madonna herself dissed the track and described it as “reductive.”

In her letter, Gaga wrote, “And there was of course the incessant dragging of the most important single of my career in dead-beaten-horse-mud.”

The singer even wrote about work-related problems that turned personal, such as her split from longtime creative director Laurieann Gibson. She wrote: “Then there were all the personal moments. Betrayed by lifelong friends, mentors I’ve had for years suddenly taking advantage of me, and a massive struggles with my body image.”

With her troubles now behind her, Mother Monster is looking toward her future. The singer will debut her new fragrance Fame in September, followed by the release of her highly anticipated new album ARTPOP in early 2013.

Gaga has already given fans a taste of what to expect on her forthcoming third studio album. She debuted a melancholy piano ballad — “Princess Die” — in June and an uptempo dance track in July.