In her Cosmo Quizz of March 2010, Gaga picked the answer to "Controversy is something I:" "E. believe comes naturally to me."


Christina Aguilera

Towards the end of 2008, comparisons were made between the fashions of Gaga and recording artist Christina Aguilera that noted similarities in their styling, hair, and make-up. Aguilera stated that she was "completely unaware of [Gaga]" and "didn't know if it [was] a man or a woman." Gaga released a statement in which she welcomed the comparisons due to the attention providing useful publicity, saying, "She's such a huge star and if anything I should send her flowers, because a lot of people in America didn't know who I was until that whole thing happened. It really put me on the map in a way."

In addition to Aguilera's statement, comparisons continued into 2010, when Aguilera released the music video of her single "Not Myself Tonight". Critics noted similarities between the song and its accompanying music video with Gaga's video for "Bad Romance". Learn more

Accusation of lip-syncing

On September 26, 2008, Gaga performed live at Sunrise. This performance became famous because of the accusations from the executive producer of show claiming that she did lip-syncing to her song. She defended herself stating that she was actually really sick that day and decided to lower her microphone volume and put the backing track louder to cover her hoarse voice. During the soundcheck for the performance, Gaga said to the crowd: "I'm a bit sick today so I could use all the cheering I could get". Learn more


Hermaphrodite / Intersex

When interviewed by Barbara Walters for her annual ABC News special 10 Most Fascinating People in 2009, Gaga dismissed the claim that she is intersex as an urban legend. Responding to a question on this issue, she stated, "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." Learn more


"Alejandro" Music video

Meat dress


"Born This Way"


The Born This Way Ball Tour

The South Asian part of the tour was the subject of some controversy due to its denunciation by social conservatives. Gaga's support for LGBT rights, the supposed indecency of her shows, and religious content in her lyrics led some conservative Christian and Muslim groups in South Korea, the Philippines, and Indonesia to call for the cancellation of the concerts. Most went on as scheduled, although one, in Indonesia, was canceled due to threats, the cancellation being seen as an indicator of the growing influence of conservative groups like the Islamic Defenders Front.


Kelly Osbourne / Sharon Osbourne