From Kermit the Frog to police caution tape, Lady Gaga has taken fashion cues from an unlikely array of sources. But the most surprising of all: Larry King.
The pop phenomenon threw her fans for yet another loop Tuesday when she appeared on "Larry King Live" in an outfit that could have been ripped from the veteran interviewer's closet, suspenders and all. Mimicking his signature hunched-over pose, Gaga looked like a vampy, drag incarnation of King, but it wasn't just her freakish look that got people talking.
Once again, the pint-sized pop culture phenom stirred the pot of truths and lies about who she really is. Below, ABCNews.com breaks down what's real and what's merely a rumor when it comes to all things Gaga.
Lady Gaga's got health problems: REALITY.
Gaga revealed to King that she tested "borderline positive" for lupus, the connective-tissue disease. A few weeks ago, she had told the Times of London that despite occasional "heart palpitations and ... things," she was perfectly fine.
"Lupus is in my family and it is genetic," Gaga said. Her aunt died of lupus in 1976. "The truth is, I don't show any signs, any symptoms of lupus. But I have tested borderline positive for the disease. So, as of right now, I do not have it, but I have to take good care of myself."
But Gaga doesn't exactly abide by the dictionary definition of healthy living. She told the Times of London that she indulges in "a single cigarette -- with whiskey -- while I'm working, because it just frees my mind a little bit."
Lady Gaga wants you to think she has a penis: REALITY.
It's best to let Gaga explain this one herself:
"I love the rumor that I have a penis. I'm fascinated by it," she said recently on French TV. "In fact, it makes me love my fans even more that this rumor is in the world because 17,000 of them come to an arena every night and they don't care if I'm a man, a woman, a hermaphrodite, gay, straight, transgendered, or transsexual. They don't care! They are there for the music and the freedom."
Lady Gaga amputated one of her legs: RUMOR.
Sure, she strives for originality, but rocking a peg leg for fashion's sake isn't exactly Gaga's style.
In April, A Pakistan News reported that Gaga revealed her amputation "whilst hopping around" MTV's studio: "This is the latest fashion I'm starting and you can see that I'm a world leader when it comes to wacky and weird s**t," the website A Pakistan News quoted Gaga as saying. "Next month after I recover from the surgery I hope to have the other leg amputated or maybe my arm, hmm ... which one should I amputate next?"
A doctored photo of Gaga sporting a wooden leg, supposedly taken from the video set for her latest single "Alejandro," helped fuel the frenzy to determine if she really went under the knife. But her publicist confirmed only the story had no legs: "It's not true," he said in a statement to E! News.
Lady Gaga doesn't think pop stars should eat: REALITY.
Indeed, in 2009, Gaga spelled it out to New York Magazine: "Pop stars should not eat." Considering her recent spate of passing out on stage during performances, the 5-foot-2, 100 pound sensation might want to rethink her mantra.
Lady Gaga is a hermaphrodite: RUMOR.
While she loves the penis rumor, Gaga is not, in fact, packing that set of equipment.
This tale worked its way around the Web in August of 2009, after an up-skirt photo taken from video shot at England's Glastonbury festival revealed a bulge between Gaga's legs. Bossip.com claimed that Gaga said, "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."
ABCNews.com ran the report by Gaga's manager. His reply: "This is completely ridiculous." Gaga further hacked at the hermaphrodite rumor with her "Telephone" video, shimmying around a jail cell in a barely-there thong and prompting one prison guard to whisper to another, "I told you she didn't have a d**k."
Lady Gaga is bisexual: REALITY.
Fans surmised as much from her music videos, in which she gyrates against fine looking specimens of both genders, but for those still wondering, Gaga cleared up any confusion about her sexuality in 2009.
"I do like women ... I've certainly had sexual relationships with women," she told ABC's Barbara Walters. Gaga added that "Poker Face" reflects her fancy for females: "That's really what the song was all about -- why, when I was with my boyfriend, was I fantasizing about women?"