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.