Lady Gaga and her longtime manager Troy Carter have parted ways, according to a new report. The duo has been together since her rise to fame in 2007.
Neither camp has confirmed the split, but it could be one explanation for Gaga's YouTube Music Awards performance, which was raw and filled with tears.
The duo's working relationship involved a pretty even split between creative and business, with Gaga controlling most of her brand's creative decisions.
Carter handled the business end, and together, along with Vince Herbert, her A&R handler, the pop star sold upward of 20 million albums worldwide.
Her new album, ARTPOP, comes out November 11.
According to a source, "creative differences" led to the break, while an insider tells THR that Carter, while sad, feels "liberated" to be relieved from duty.
Another source says that Gaga pushed for the split.
Carter said of his first meeting with her in 2007:
"She was very specific about her vision, all of the music was there, and all she needed was someone to help her translate it to the rest of the world, which is where I came in."
Suffice it to say, that arrangement worked.
Said a source close to her: "She makes 95 percent of the creative calls, while he handles 5 percent; he makes 95 percent of the business decisions, and she 5."
In addition to the Monster Monster, other artists on Troy Carter's management roster include John Legend, Lindsey Stirling and Mindless Behavior.