Why People Claim That Lady Gaga Is a Hermaphrodite

People think an online joke is factual

The World Premiere Of Gaga: Five Foot Two' During The Toronto International Film Festival
Gaga purposely plays with her androgynous image. Kevin Mazur / Getty Images

Glam diva Lady Gaga (real name Stefani Joanne Germanotta) has joined the ranks of female celebrities reputed to be hermaphrodites (people born with ambiguous genitalia or different genitalia than their chromosomes denote their gender as being). A less subtle variant of the rumor simply claims that Lady Gaga is a man who dresses as a woman (i.e., a transvestite). Other celebrities to face these rumors include Megan FoxCiara, and Jamie Lee Curtis.

Satire Unfortunately Quoted as Fact

Simmering rumors of Gaga's intersexuality boiled over in 2009 after a fan posted a YouTube video showing a little "something extra" peeking out from under the singer's miniskirt during a summer performance in Glastonbury. The quality of the video is too poor to tell precisely what that "something" is.

The video was soon followed by a viral statement attributed to Gaga in which, supposedly, she openly and proudly confirmed her intersexuality: "It's not something that I'm ashamed of, just isn't something that I go around telling everyone. Yes. I have both male and female genitalia, but I consider myself a female. It's just a little bit of a penis and really doesn't interfere much with my life."

However, Gaga's management dismissed the quote as fake in an actual statement to ABC News. "This is completely ridiculous," a representative said by way of denial. It did not successfully lay the matter to rest at the time.

It actually appears to have been a quote in a blog post meant to be satire but then picked up by other sites and reported as fact.

Gaga Isn't "Part Man, Part Woman"

Lady Gaga was interviewed in January 2010 by Barbara Walters, who asked her point-blank about the hermaphrodite rumors.

Walters: You know, there also is this strange rumor that you're part man, part woman. You've heard that rumor?
Gaga: Yes.
Walters: True?
Gaga: No.

Gaga went on to say she isn't bothered by the rumor. She said she loves androgyny.

Gaga herself poked fun at the rumor in the "Telephone" video in 2010, with one of the female prison guards in the video saying, "I told you she didn't have a dick," and a second one saying, "Too bad."

Video Rekindles Gaga "Sex Change" Rumors

Still photos released on November 12, 2011, from Gaga's 2011 video release "Marry the Night" show her lying on a hospital gurney, rekindling rumors that she was born a man. In point of fact, Gaga has consciously and continuously played on her gender-bending image in public appearances and promotional materials. She has mocked the rumors in order to bring attention to double standards for women about being open about their sexuality—and enjoyment thereof.

Fortunately, the hubbub around this miscarriage of information has died down in the years following the incident.