Lady Gaga is recovering from hip surgery for an injury that recently forced her to cancel her Born This Way Ball tour. The pop diva, who was born Stefani Germanotta, could no longer hide what ended up being a labral tear in her right hip once she got to the point where she could not walk.
Despite the nerves that inevitably come along with surgery, Gaga went in to the procedure completely assured, thanks to a pep talk from A-Rod.
Yep, Alex Rodriguez gave Gaga a pep talk when the pair ran into each other at the doctor’s office. The New York Yankees third baseman and man about town (to say the least) shares not only the same injury with Gaga, but also the same surgeon. The New York Post reports A-Rod, who underwent surgery a few weeks prior, took some time to sooth the nerves of an anxious Gaga when they arrived the surgeon’s office simultaneously.
Also encouraging Gaga to face the procedure were her fans. “As they wheeled me into surgery today, I thought about all of your pain and perseverance,” she wrote in an open letter on her Little Monsters website.
Experts say Gaga will be on crutches for several weeks, but may be back on stage in the next three to six months. Fans who had tickets to the remaining shows on Gaga’s tour will be getting an estimated $30 million in refunds.