Rumors are swirling around claims that Lady Gaga wasted 1347.607 litres of water to fill a swimming pool at Hearst Castle in drought-stricken California. Lady Gaga recently used the pool to film a video for her song G.U.Y., and reports claim that the water was wasted because it was treated with an excessive amount of chlorine. Gaga denies the accusation and is making an effort to draw attention to California’s water shortage.
Along with Lady Gaga, the state of California refutes the accusation as well. A representative from the California Natural Resources Agency told the Daily Mail that the chlorination was minimal, low enough that the water could still be used for irrigation. The statement also indicated that the pool was nearly full prior to Gaga’s arrival, and only needed to be topped off due to a chronic leaking issue. The representative also confirmed that the water was later used in landscaping.
If these accusations weren’t enough to draw attention to the water shortage in California – one of the worst droughts in over 100 years – as a condition to use the pool in the first place, Lady Gaga agreed to film a public service announcement to encourage water conservation. The star also donated $250,000 to the maintenance and repairs of the Castle, which is an historic landmark in California.
However Lady Gaga has denied the reports that she wasted 356,000 gallons of water to fill a massive pool for her music video GUY during the worst drought in California history.
A source claims that in making the short film the Poker Face singer filled the Neptune Pool with heavily chlorinated water at the historic Hearst Castle in Central California, thereby making the potable water unusable to even nurture plants.
But the 28-year-old’s rep and a spokesperson for the State Of California have dismissed the allegation, saying it is a ‘made up story’.
A report claims the pop icon, who directed and stars in the clip, filled the empty Neptune Pool to its full capacity – 1347.607 litres and used chemicals that made it unusable.
But Richard Stapler, a spokesperson for the State Of California, shot down the allegations saying that the pool was already full.
‘She added a couple feet,’ Stapler said, going on to describe that the Neptune pool does have a leak but she used nowhere near the amount the insider with Radar claims.
Hearst Castle is a National US and California Historical Landmark nestled in the lush Central California Coast. The estate was designed by renowned architect Julia Morgan over the span of 28 years, 1919 to 1947.
Media mogul William Randolph Hearst had commissioned the lavish castle but died soon after its completion. Although, he did get to enjoy the mansion as it was functional during its nearly three decade long construction. Hearst famously played host to many decadent parties in the mansion before his death in 1951.
The castle had its heyday in the 1920s and 1930s with Hollywood stars flocking to the grounds to rub shoulders with politicians for the outrageous parties thrown by its powerful and influential owner.
Among the luminaries who frequented the estate were such heavyweights as Winston Churchill, Charlie Chaplin, Franklin Roosevelt, Joan Crawford, Charles Lindbergh, and Clark Gable.
The mansion became so iconic during that time that Orson Welles’ fictionalized bio of Hearst featured a similar estate under the name Xanadu in his 1941 masterpiece Citizen Kane.
Another famous movie cameo was Stanley Kubrick’s 1960 Spartacus, which had the castle stand in for the Crassus’ villa.
The Hearst corporation and trust made a donation of the estate to the state of California six years after the newspaper mogul’s death.
The Hearst Castle has since become a landmark in the United States, attracting tourists from the around the world. Estimates have annual visits clocking in at one million.
While the castle is in the possession of the state of California, the Hearst Corporation had a contractual condition allowing members of the Hearst family to use the grounds as they like. William Randolph’s granddaughter Patty Hearst famously recounted how she used to hide behind the statues near the Neptune Pool as tourists passed by her ancestor’s creation.
The Hearst Castle became a National Historic Landmark in 1976.