Lady Gaga stunned by dad’s plea for donations to pay restaurant staff
Lady Gaga turned 34 on Saturday, but got an unexpectedly embarrassing surprise by her dad, Joe Germanotta.
Sources told us the singer was caught off guard when she learned Joe set up a GoFundMe account asking the public to donate $50,000 to pay for his staff’s wages at family restaurant, Joanne Trattoria, amid the coronavirus crisis.
“She had no idea he was doing that and that idea would have been shot down before he even finished bringing it up — and the worst part is, it’s her birthday!” a source told Page Six. “Neither she nor [mom] Cynthia would ever let that happen. It was him acting on his own, unfortunately, really bad impulse.”
Joe said $50,000 would cover payroll and other expenses for staffers staff for two weeks. But fans criticized him for seeking public help when his superstar daughter reportedly made $39 million in 2019.
After online backlash, Joe removed the page.
But a source told us, “It was a stupid embarrassing mistake. He saw other people getting into the spirit of giving and generosity and somehow thought that applied here. It had more to do with the spirit than a belief that he needed or deserved financial help to pass on to his employees. He was acting on impulse.”
A rep for the star did not comment.
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