We all know Donald Trump thinks très highly of himself and now he's making yet another grandiose claim: It's probably because of him that Lady Gaga is a major celebrity.
In his new book "Time to Get Tough: Making America #1 Again," out this week, Trump takes credit for making fellow New Yorker Gaga "a big star," hypothesizing: "Maybe she became a star because I put her on the Miss Universe Pageant. It's very possible, who knows what would have happened without it, because she caused a sensation. ... I really believe I had at least something to do with it."
As the folks over at WetPaint.com pointed out, Gaga did perform her single "Just Dance" for the first time on the 2008 pageant program, but that was in July of that year.
Her swift rise in the charts started in September 2008, after she'd put in several more public appearances. It wasn't until January 2009 that "Just Dance" became the second song in history to reach the 6 million mark in paid downloads.
Incidentally, one of our staffers - before coming to amNewYork - had Lady Gaga play her website's company party in 2007, when Gaga was just a local New York burlesque-type performer and told all her friends about it. So technically, if we felt like it, we could make a similar claim as The Donald.
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