Simmering rumors of Gaga's intersexuality boiled over big-time in 2009 after someone posted a YouTube video showing a little "something extra" peeking out from under Gaga's miniskirt during a summer performance in Glastonbury. The quality of the video is too poor to tell precisely what that "something" is.
'It's not something I'm ashamed of,' Gaga supposedly says
The video was soon followed by a statement attributed to the singer in which, supposedly, she openly and proudly declared 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."
Gaga's management dismissed the quote in an actual statement to ABC News. "This is completely ridiculous," her manager said by way of a denial.
Update: Lady Gaga explicitly denies being 'part man, part woman'
Lady Gaga was interviewed in Jan. 2010 by Barbara Walters, who asked her about the hermaphrodite rumor point-blank.
WALTERS: You know, there also is this strange rumor that you're part man, part woman. You've heard that rumor?
Update: New video rekindles Gaga 'sex change' rumors
Nov. 12, 2011 - Still photos from Gaga's 2011 video release "Marry the Night" show her lying on a hospital gurney, rekindling rumors that she was born "a man." More...
What is a hermaphrodite?
The word hermaphrodite comes from Hermaphroditus, the name given to the son of the ancient Greek gods Hermes and Aphrodite. According to mythology, Hermaphroditus was so loved by the nymph Salmacis that she prayed they could be united as one person — and literally got her wish. The two were transformed into one being who was both male and female.
First used as such in the 15th century, hermaphrodite is an all-but-obsolete medical term (clinicians now prefer intersex) for a set of conditions characterized mainly by genitalia which are either "ambiguous" (i.e., not clearly male or female) or at odds with the subject's chromosomal gender. Depending on the specific symptoms, hermaphroditism / intersexuality may be the result of a genetic anomaly or a hormonal excess or deficiency during gestation. It has been estimated that as many as 1 in 2,000 children born in the United States are diagnosed with ambiguous external genitalia, of whom a very small percentage undergo "sex reassignment" surgery in infancy.
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