Dog walker Ryan Fischer has insisted he has no hard feelings towards Lady Gaga after he was shot in the chest walking the star’s dogs in February.
Fischer was left fighting for his life after he was shot four times during a dog-napping while walking French Bulldogs Koji, Miss Asia and Gustavo in West Hollywood. Koji and Gustavo were taken in the attack, before being returned days later unharmed.
Reports stated at the time Gaga (who was in Italy shooting House of Gucci) would foot her employee’s extensive medical bills.
However, after Fischer – who suffered a collapsed lung several times during his recovery – set up a GoFundMe page to try to raise cash for a new vehicle so he can continue his six-month sabbatical, fans accused Gaga of seemingly failing to support her loyal employee.
In his first in-depth interview since the shooting, Fischer insisted he wasn’t ‘setting a blame’ on anyone with the funding page and its accompanying video, in which he claimed he had felt ‘abandoned and unsupported’ following the shooting.
He told Rolling Stone magazine: ‘Everyone thought that I was setting a blame on someone, when it was all love. It’s what happens in trauma — all your loved ones, all your family, everyone: you feel alone. You don’t feel supported because this is your journey.
‘I tried so hard. I tried to navigate that. I really did think about the wording. It’s a weird video and it’s a weird way to go about life. It’s not normal and I understood that. And I really did try to navigate it as best I could.’
And he insisted he has ‘nothing but gratitude’ for the pop star and her Haus of Gaga collective.
He added: ‘They’re my friends, and I love them and they’re absolutely there for me. I have nothing but gratitude for everything. It’s just a weird situation just because of how it’s evolved in the media. But I’m very grateful for my friendships.’
However, Ryan’s assistant, Elisha Ault, claimed the support promised by the Haus of Gaga failed to materialise and that while ‘they were supportive from afar’ when Gaga and her entourage returned from Italy nothing changed.
She said: ‘Nobody really made a point to come see him or talk to him or make contact with him. Ryan was a lot more than just an employee for them. They were friends — close friends — for years.’
However Fischer is focusing on those who did help, noting: ‘I received so much support, and I’m so grateful. I have nothing but gratitude in my heart for the care that I received and the support I received. Most [victims] of crime do not get that and I did, and I’m very grateful for that.’
The dog walker previously clarified his fundraiser, insisting that ‘no one deserves any blame’ for his situation.
He wrote on Instagram: ‘I am grateful for all the ways I have been provided for in my recovery. I have nothing but gratitude in my heart for the care I received and the way I was supported. No one deserves any blame.
‘Taking this time for myself is my choice and the journey I want to take is also my choice. I am giving myself space to recover. The way I breakdown and cry any time I perceive a dog is in danger, a car speeds by or a child screams… I’m still not in any shape to do a job I once was quite good at.
‘Just getting through each day is difficult. It’s hard to explain what trauma does to a person, and I wish I could flip a switch and go back to the life I once knew and be with dogs I love…..But I can’t.’
He went on: ‘I am going on this journey, because I need to do the work to heal – and it is hard work. I am on a mission, and donations or support of any kind are welcomed because I absolutely am in need of them, but no one needs to be blamed for my circumstances, and I also don’t see how victim blaming is productive (some people can be really mean… I mean, honestly!).’
His post concluded: ‘As I said, there is nothing but gratitude in my heart for what has already been given. I love you, and thank you for all the support you have already shown and given me throughout this process. I am beyond humbled.’
Credit: Original article published here.