Pop sensation Lady Gaga has denied using the gay community and its battle for equality to sell more CDs.
Gaga has been a vocal supporter of LGBT equality and has often spoken out about issues such as the bullying of LGBT teens and the struggle for same-sex marriage rights.
“My love for my gay fans is just pure, authentic love for them as supporters of me from the beginning, and me feeling connected to their struggles as someone who is a part of their fight,” the 26-year-old singer, songwriter and performer said to the Advocate magazine.
“To say that I would use the gay community to sell records is probably one of the most ridiculous statements anyone can make about me as a person.”
She added: “I would say the top thing I think about every single day of my life, other than my fans, loving the music, and my family being healthy, is social justice and equality.”
Gaga recounted the story of meeting a young gay soldier while shopping at Best Buy.
“He was afraid that he would be discharged and that he would be judged or found out. [He said] that the fight in America against ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ and the fight for equality made him feel stronger and made him feel safe, and he gave me his service jacket,” she said.
“And we just held each other and cried. Anyone who says that I’m not genuine is not interested in overcoming this fight. That was such a pure and wonderful moment that we shared, and I remember thinking, There’s no album sale, no number 1, that could compete with this moment. That is what the fuck it’s all about. What the fuck it’s all about is if I can write one song that could change one person’s life.”
Gaga has sold around 20 million albums around the world.