I've heard Lady Gaga is transgender or a hermaphrodite. A google search reveals conflicting information.
[Collected via e-mail, August 2009]
Hi, just heard a rumor that the singer Lady Gaga is actually male, as evidence by apparent photographs of male genitalia.
Origins: Lady Gaga, born in New York City in 1986 as Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, has experienced a fast-paced rise to the top of the music industry. While just two years ago few had heard of her, in 2009 she became the first artist to have four
Her unique costuming and makeup, strong performance skills, and outrageous persona easily set her up as the target for rumor. In a reprise of the canard that has long dogged actress Jamie Lee Curtis, in 2009 whispers grew in the online world that
The tipping point appears to be a frame taken from live footage of
Prior to speculation over that video, this rumor surfaced as part of a December 2008 blog entry on Starrtrash ("Lady
In August 2009, Lady Gaga's manager responded to rumors of the singer's purported hermaphroditism with the brusque statement "This is completely ridiculous." The following month, Lady Gaga said of the rumor on Australia's
By December of that year she was neither waving off nor parrying with humor such queries and was instead addressing them directly. Veteran television interviewer Barbara Walters, who picked
Lady Gaga: "Yes."
Barbara Walters: "True?"
Lady Gaga: "No."
Barbara Walters: "Do you mind the rumor?"
Lady Gaga: "No. No not really. At first it was very strange and everyone sorta said, 'That's really quite a story!' But in a sense, I portray myself in a very androgynous way, and I love androgyny."
Barbara Walters: "So you, you like to blur that line?"
Lady Gaga: "I like, um, I like pushing boundaries."
Barbara "poker unfaced" Mikkelson
Last updated: 31 January 2010
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