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
Barbara Walters: “You know, there also is this strange rumor that you’re part man and part woman. You’ve heard that rumor?
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.”
For those who don’t fancy placing full faith in any one celebrity’s word, particularly where potentially delicate matters are concerned, we note that no one (of either sex) whom
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