Lady Gaga Helped by Trump: Big Break Came at Miss Universe Pageant (VIDEO)

Donald Trump has come out and taken credit for giving Lady Gaga her “big break” more than three years ago when she was selected to perform in a beauty pageant run by Trump.

Trump selected Gaga to perform at his Miss Universe Pageant in 2008. She sang her chart busting hit “Just Dance” and immediately after she rose to stardom.

Now Trump is absolutely certain he allowed Gaga to be the superstar that she is today because he was the one who gave the pop singer her big break.

In an interview with the Hollyscoop, an online entertainment publication, Trump said, "I own the Miss Universe Pageant. And about four years ago, during what you call half-time, we always have an entertainer.”

Trump continued to explain that various performers are selected for these competitions. “We've had a lot of great people, and you don't pay them anything because it's one of the biggest audiences and my people told me, 'Nobody knows who she is but there's this woman with good talent named Lady Gaga.' And I said: 'Give me a break.' And then they said: 'She's really good.' So I said: 'I don't care, if you like her, put her on,'” Trump explained.

And so Lady Gaga went on before an international audience to showcase her talents to.

"So we put her on... it was live all over the United States and all over the world and the next day, nobody was talking about (the winner of) Miss Universe, everybody was talking, 'Who was the woman, who was the entertainer? She was unbelievable,'" Trump told the Hollyscoop.

But it seems that Gaga has not let the fame go to her head and is remaining humble. “She’s been very gracious about it… About a year ago, when she was so hot, and she’s hot now, she was performing at Radio City Musical Hall and there were a lot of celebrities, all sitting next to me, and her manager came up during the performance and said, ‘Gaga wants to see you, but only Donald Trump,’” he said.