Ryan Fischer, the man who walked Lady Gaga’s two French bulldogs when they were stolen, told his side of the story in an interview with Rolling Stone. He says, among other things, that he had “a very hard time after his near-death experience”, which led to him accusing the singer of not having supported him enough. He now regrets those statements.
“Gaga and her team were anything but supportive”
The incident happened in February, when Fischer was walking the dogs and was ambushed by a pair of dog kidnappers. The dogs were stolen and Fischer ended up injured in the hospital. Immediately afterwards, Gaga made a public appeal for her beloved animals to be returned for a high finder’s fee, without asking any further questions. The critters returned home not long after. The singer had nothing but praise for Fischer, especially because the two had not only a business but also a long friendly relationship. However, things went wrong after that.
Fischer set up a GoFundMe campaign to raise just under $35,000 to cover his expenses because he “felt abandoned and unsupported.” “When you go through such a trauma, you blame everything and everyone. Especially the people closest to you. I was depressed and languished in self-pity. When I look back at the video I put online at the time, I see I also know that that’s not okay. I should have handled that differently.”
The former dog walker says Lady Gaga did support him. “She let me stay at her house in the Hollywood Hills because so many media came to me. There I could rest and recover. She also flew in a trauma therapist who worked with me daily. When she was in Italy for filming she sent me balloons every day to cheer me up, until the hospital where I was then was no longer allowed due to fire.”
Fischer’s assistant Elisha Ault has a very different take on the matter. “Gaga and her team were anything but ‘supportive’. They were constantly telling us not to worry about anything, but when I sent them an invoice to pay him for six months because he was injured on the job, I came from a I was told by a text message that they expected to support him financially until three months after the accident. While Ryan was still in full rehab, the plug was pulled. He was shot for protecting her dogs. you can still assume that there is something in return, but that was not the case.”