Lady Gaga's UniverseA guide to the ex-boyfriends, stylists, family members and admirers in Gaga's orbit
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Dad: Joseph Germanotta
Italian-American Joseph Germanotta was born in New Jersey and raised his family in a duplex in Manhattan, on the Upper West Side. He worked as an Internet entrepreneur, starting and ultimately owning a company that installs Wi-Fi in hotel chains. Gaga wrote the song "Speechless" as a way to convince him to undergo open-heart surgery for his malfunctioning aortic valve in 2009.