In a new interview with Sway in the Morning, Akon revealed that he sold his stock in Gaga when she was at her peak because he could see her decline coming.
“I cashed out,” he said. “I got out while the goin’ was good. It’s like a business; you build it to sell it. When I got it to the peak of where I felt it couldn’t go nowhere, and there was nowhere left to go but down, I cashed out. I sold my share and got out.”
He added, “I know how the business works. You’re only hot for so long before you go cold.”
Akon’s company, KonLive, distributed Gaga’s first three albums –The Fame, The Fame Monster, and Born This Way– but wasn’t involved for ARTPOP, which has drastically underperformed compared to her past releases.
Although Akon added that it was a “strictly business” decision and that he still considers Gaga “family,” it still felt a little harsh hearing him refer to the woman he was once so involved with as just some product he made money off.
It makes you wonder if Gaga was referencing Akon, among others, in her infamous rant about the “Do What U Want” video delay.
“I never thought after all the years of hard work that those I called friends and partners would ever care so little at a time I needed them the most,” she wrote at the time.
“I have lost loved ones to the greed of money.”