Woman Finds Inspiration in Ex-Boyfriend Dating Lady Gaga

What would you do if your ex started dating a celebrity?

February 27, 2020
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It’s tough to move on from a breakup, and even harder in the social media era. Constantly bombarded by old memoires and new relationships; seeing former significant others slip into new scenarios within your daily feed can be a difficult thing to shut out.

Remember the first time you saw your ex go “Instagram official” with their new partner, and all the emotions that came with it? Now imagine that new partner happens to have 11 GRAMMY Awards, worldwide acclaim, and an avalanche of headlines every time she walks too close to someone in public.

Lindsay Crouse works for the New York Times, and dated Michael Polansky for seven years. She has since moved on, but his new relationship has been difficult to escape. Earlier this month, Polansky appeared on the internet with his new girlfriend, Lady Gaga. The singer shared a photo of the two getting close in Miami, sitting on his lap during a trip out on the water. “We had so much fun in Miami,” she captioned.

For some, having your ex dating Lady Gaga could be overwhelming, seeing an old part of you plastered across timelines and dissected on sites. However, for Crouse it’s been inspirational, using her shared relationship history with the "Born This Way" singer as a reason to empower herself towards the life she deserves. In a new Opinion piece for the New York Times, Crouse details this amazing revelation.

“If you’ve ever googled an ex’s new partner (be honest) you’ve probably played a certain game with yourself. You’re either just curious — which is healthy of you — or you want to know how you compare,” writes Crouse for the New York Times. Ideally the ex’s life didn’t improve too much without you? In this case, though, that’s all upended. How do you compare yourself with Lady Gaga?”

After removing herself from the shock of this moment, Crouse used the typical comparisons between old relationships as a way to step forward with confidence. “Lady Gaga is amazing. Comparing yourself with her is incredibly motivational, and I recommend you try it, regardless of how you relate to who’s dating her,” she continues.

“For example: I was going to wear a black dress I’d gotten on sale years ago to an event that weekend, for probably the 27th time. But Lady Gaga would never do something like that. I’ve never owned anything that costs more than a week’s worth of groceries — whereas she is a woman who wears pieces of raw meat on the red carpet. I went to a nice store I’d never been inside before and I tried something on. The clerk asked me what the occasion was. I found out from Facebook that my ex-boyfriend was dating Lady Gaga, I told her, and she looked me up and down. ‘Huh,’ she said. ‘Really?’”

“Yes. The dress was too expensive, but I bought it anyway. Why should I accept less than Lady Gaga?”

You can read more from Crouse in the New York Times. Lady Gaga will release her new single, “Stupid Love” on Friday February 28.

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