Lady Gaga addresses 'challenging year' in open letter to fans

The pop singer posted the letter on her Little Monsters social networking site

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Lady Gaga has addressed what she's described as a "challenging year" on her social networking site Little Monsters.

Seemingly in response to the criticism she faced over her single 'Born This Way' being similar in sound to Madonna's 'Express Yourself' – with Madonna dubbing the song "reductive", she lists the incident as one of her problems this year.

The letter reads: "Today is a really happy day for me. The past year was a challenge, and I'm so happy to have my spirit back. I felt in chains at times. Whether it be the record label disagreeing with me on single choices, or directors who could only create an idea of "gaga" or what I've "done before" and not able to move forward, and there was also of course the incessant dragging of the most important single of my career in dead-beaten-horse-mud."

"Then there were all the personal moments" she continues, perhaps referencing the split from her longtime creative director Laurieann Gibson last year. "Betrayed by lifelong friends, mentors I've had for years suddenly taking advantage of me, and a massive struggles with my body image. I've grown and left most of these things behind, the monsters of fame are very real."

Lady gaga launched her Little Monsters social network in July as a place her fans could share their "passion and creativity in a community full of art, acceptance, monsters and Gaga."

Earlier this month, the singer announced that her forthcoming third studio album will be titled 'ARTPOP'. It is set for release in early 2013.

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