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Lady Gaga’s Universe

A guide to the ex-boyfriends, stylists, family members and admirers in Gaga’s orbit

Since her career took off two years ago there has been a cast of recurring characters in Gaga's Kingdom. Some have stayed close to her while others have been cast aside, but one thing is for sure: It’s hard to keep track of all her monster minions. Here’s a quick guide to who’s who in the wild world of Gaga.

By Marielle Anas

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Mom: Cynthia Germanotta

Cynthia Louise "Cindy" Germanotta (née Bissett) was born and raised in a small town in West Virginia with along with her older brother Paul and younger sister Cheryl Ann. After she married Joseph Germanotta , she worked in telecommunications at Verizon. She is known to have a very close relationship with her daughter and often accompanies her on tour – and just recently Gaga bought her mom and dad a Rolls Royce for their wedding anniversary.

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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.

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Sister: Natali Germanotta

Gaga's 18-year-old sister followed in her sister's footsteps by graduating from the Convent of the Sacred Heart on Manhattan's Upper East Side, and is currently a first-year student at Parsons the New School for Design. She had a quick cameo about two and a half minutes into the video for "Telephone."

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Stylist: Nicola Formichetti

All of Gaga's famously outrageous looks are filtered through the lens of the star’s avant-garde stylist. They met on the set of a 2009 photo shoot for V Magazine, and although he has kept his distance from celebrity clients in the past, the two struck up an instant friendship and collaboration; they now work together on all of her shows, videos and photo shoots. He is the Fashion Director for Haus of Gaga, Men's Vogue in Japan and Uniqlo, and was most recently named Creative Director for the French fashion label Thierry Mugler.

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Ex-Boyfriend/Svengali: Rob Fusari

An ex-lover who is widely credited with helping to discover the star – and claims to have come up with the moniker "Lady Gaga." The Grammy-winning songwriter and producer claims to have co-written a few of Gaga’s early hits, and sued her last year for $30.5 million in a case that was later dismissed. He was co-executive producer on her debut album The Fame.

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Ex-Boyfriend/Inspiration: Luc Carl

Originally from Nebraska, Gaga's on-again and currently off-again lover met the singer almost a decade ago when she moved to New York City’s Lower East Side, where Carl worked as a bartender. She has admitted that he is the inspiration for many of her early hits and that their "relationship really shaped me."

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Ex-Boyfriend/Ex-Stylist: Matthew Michael Williams

An ex-lover nicknamed "Dada" by Gaga herself, he designed props and clothes for the singer's live performances, and is most famously credited for the creation of her disco-shtick. He was the original creative director for Haus of Gaga, though he recently relinquished the job to Nicola Formichetti. Originally a DJ and designer when they met at a restaurant in Los Angeles, Gaga has said, "He's the inspiration of the beginning of my fashion."

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Old-School Collaborator: Lady Starlight

This New York DJ and performance artist was one of Lady Gaga's first friends and collaborators when she hit the downtown New York scene. They met at a bar on the Lower East Side and performed together at clubs and venues around the city as "Lady Gaga and the Starlight Revue."

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