Celebrating Lady Gaga’s Birthday with 15-Year-Old Artist (and Superfan)

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When Filip Balos ( first heard Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) sing “Paparazzi,” his life changed forever. “It was back in 2009 when I was watching MTV with my brother and saw the music video,” the 15-year-old Serbian artist tells @music. Filip began creating art when he was just 2 years old — his family has kept thousands of his drawings — but he found his muse in Gaga. “Lady Gaga is very brave,” he says. “To her, it doesn’t matter what others think. Her lyrics inspire me all the time.” On the occasion of her birthday, Filip has a special message for the 30-year-old pop star: “Thank you for teaching us, your fans, to be brave and to never give up on our dreams.”