A New York Times journalist has opened up about what it’s like to learn that your ex is dating a massively famous celebrity — in this case, Lady Gaga.
Lindsay Crouse, 35, a Senior Staff Editor at the Times, revealed in an opinion piece today that the day after the Super Bowl, she discovered that her ex Michael Polansky — whom she’d been with for seven years — was 33-year-old Gaga’s new ‘mystery man.’
Crouse described what it was like to suddenly see photos of them in gossip magazines, on news websites, and on Lady Gaga’s own Instagram page — and how it wasn’t actually as traumatic as one might expect.
New flame: A New York Times journalist has opened up about what it’s like to learn that your ex is dating Lady Gaga
Former loves: Lindsay Crouse (left), 35, said she dated fellow Harvard alum Michael Polansky (right) for seven years
The New York Post reports that Gaga and Polansky, a Harvard graduate who runs the Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy, had likely known each other for some time before they got together.
They were first spotted together in Vegas over New Year’s, and then, ahead of her pre-Super Bowl 2020 concert, they were pictured kissing in Miami.
Those photos caught the attention of Crouse’s friends, who inundated her with text messages the next day.
‘I was eating bodega grapes at my desk on a recent Monday morning, gearing up to wrangle my inbox, when my phone started buzzing,’ she recalled of the moment she was alerted to her ex-boyfriend’s new romance.
‘While I’d been watching the Super Bowl on television in New York, they were snuggling in her private box at the Hard Rock Stadium at Miami Gardens,’ Crouse continued.
‘There were the paparazzi as he escorted her away, her pink hair flowing and sequins pasted around her eyes.’
Crouse then explained how things changed overnight.
Unsurprisingly, Gaga’s new relationship became the source of a steady stream of headlines across almost every major media outlet, and Crouse shared that even her mother read about the couple ‘after checking People magazine out from their local library’.
Surprise! Crouse said she doesn’t follow her ex on social media, but did see this picture of him with Gaga on Gaga’s own page
‘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?’ she wrote
Crouse isn’t friends with Polansky on Facebook; he’d blocked her after they broke up. So she was hardly keeping tabs on him and wasn’t used to his presence in her life.