Recording artist Laurieann Gibson attends A Salute To Drake at Cafe Entourage on Aug. 26, 2011 in Hollywood

*As previously reported, choreographer and creative director Laurieann Gibson has parted ways with her most famous client, Lady Gaga.

The exact cause of the split has yet to be revealed, though rumors blamed it on tension between the two longtime collaborators — some claiming it stemmed from statements Gibson made in the press, others pointing to disparate visions for Gaga’s ever-evolving image, notes The Hollywood Reporter.

In an exclusive statement to the publication, Gibson acknowledges that, “Recently, Lady Gaga was motivated to take the helm of the creative direction of her career.” But despite reports that she had been fired, Gibson says she “decided to step away.”

Gibson, also an in-house creative director at Interscope Records, tasked with guiding the visual roll-outs of developing artists, said the following in a statement regarding Gaga:

“I am fulfilled with the work I have done with choreographing all of the iconic moves, creative directing the artist, appearances, shows, directing the tour, music videos, and the HBO Monster Ball, which was a culmination of my work as its creator and director. Recently, Lady Gaga was motivated to take the helm of the creative direction of her career and as such I decided to step away. I am extremely proud of her, and in stepping away I wish her all the best. I look forward to continuing my work with notable artists, as well as new artists that are part of my Interscope Records deal, and the upcoming seasons of my TV shows.”