Lady Gaga: I'm Not Embarrassed to Be "Celibate"
Lady Gaga is known for her racy, sexually-charged songs. But in real life, the 24-year-old singer (real name: Stefani Germanotta) is celibate.
While recently discussing her role in Macâ€™s Viva Glam campaign, which supports global HIV and AIDS projects, she told London'sÂ Daily Mail she wants her fans not to have sex, either.
"I canâ€™t believe Iâ€™m saying this â€“ donâ€™t have sex. Iâ€™m single right now and Iâ€™ve chosen to be single because I donâ€™t have the time to get to know anybody," she said. "So itâ€™s OK not to have sex, itâ€™s OK to get to know people. Iâ€™m celibate, celibacyâ€™s fine."
She said her celibacy is something she wants "to celebrate" with her fans.
"Itâ€™s OK to be whomever it is that you want to be," she said. "You donâ€™t have to have sex to feel good about yourself, and if youâ€™re not ready, donâ€™t do it. And if you are ready, there are free condoms given away at my concerts when youâ€™re leaving!"
The important thing, she said, is for her fans to stay true to themselves. "I remember the cool girls when I was growing up. Everyone started to have sex," she said. "But itâ€™s not really cool any more to have sex all the time. Itâ€™s cooler to be strong and independent."
She added that she is proud to be a role model. "When youâ€™re in the public eye, youâ€™re a role model whether you want to be or not. And I want to be," she said. "Iâ€™m not one of those self-obsessed artists who donâ€™t care about their fans. Itâ€™s not just about the music."
She said she has a "responsibility" to her fans and that "and youâ€™re an idiot if you donâ€™t know that."