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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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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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