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Lady Gaga’s hero dog walker — who said he felt “abandoned and unsupported” after almost dying protecting the star’s pooches — insisted in an interview Friday that the superstar “has helped me so much.”
“She’s been a friend for me,” Ryan Fischer told CBS‘ Gayle King in his first TV interview since the attack when asked about fans assuming his online fundraiser begging for help meant the “Shallow” star was the one who ditched him.
“After I was attacked, my family was flown out, and I had trauma therapists flown to me,” he said of the financial help he got from his longtime pal after being shot outside her Hollywood home in February.
“And I stayed at her house for months while friends comforted me and security was around me,” he said in an interview filmed in Central Park.
Off-camera, Fischer said that he raised money online for his “healing” trip in a van across the US because he did not want to keep leaning on the singer, King said.
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“LG’s very supportive of my journey right now,” Fischer said, revealing that he was about to go on a “trauma retreat for first responders, and people from the army, and people from the police.”
Fischer said it was his loyalty to Gaga’s dogs that got him shot — and almost killed.
“I had a feeling when they came up, pulled the gun on me that I was gonna end up being shot,” he told King.
“Because in my mind I was like, ‘There’s no way that I’m not going to fight for these dogs,’” said Fischer of the trio of Gaga’s beloved pets.