Lady Gaga has tested “borderline positive” for lupus

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I had it in the back of my mind that Gaga was going to be on Larry King Live at some point this week, and that I should probably try to catch the show. It turns out her pre-taped interview is on tonight! And Larry, forever the “WHO?!?” curmudgeon, got Gaga to open up about everything from her maybe diagnosis of lupus (which she discussed cryptically in an interview a few weeks ago), to repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. Here’s the first clip from CNN:

Anyway, this is how it went down. Gaga was wearing sunglasses, slicked-down hair, a tie and ruffled suspenders, I guess as a visual ode to Larry’s uniform. Larry asked gruffly, “How ARE you?”

Gaga: I’m okay. Thank you , Larry. How are YOU?
Larry: I’m okay. You look great… there was a story about lupus or something. Do you have lupus?
Gaga: You know, lupus is in my family. It’s genetic and… um… and the truth is I don’t show any signs, any symptoms of lupus but I have tested borderline positive for the disease. As of right now. I do not have it, but I have to take good care of myself.”

Gaga and Larry also talked about Michael Jackson, and Gaga confirms that Michael had asked Gaga to open for him on the “This Is It” tour. At this point, Gaga is doing the full of Madonna affectation, which is weird, because Madonna is always doing the fake British affectation. So Gaga is doing an affectation of Madge doing an affectation. It’s like the kind of clusterf-ck Andy Warhol might have masturbated to.

In another CNN clip, Larry gets Gaga talking about DADT (Don’t Ask Don’t Tell). Gaga confirms that she wants to see it repealed, and she wants to see the “archaic, misinformed” anti-gay laws and policies repealed or taken away too. Gaga actually comes across pretty well here, and she brings it home to everyone’s civil rights:

I’ll say it again – I like that Gaga doesn’t hedge when talking about gay rights. It would be very easy her to attempt to appeal to “mainstream” America but she sticks with her gays, always and forever. Good for her.

Also – who do I have to blow to get a studded Hermes Birkin bag? That sh-t is awesome.

Photo by: KGC81/ 2010 5/30/10 Lady Gaga leaves her North London Studio. (En

Lady Gaga teeters out of a north London studio on some heel-less platforms after taping a live web interview

Lady Gaga teeters out of a north London studio on some heel-less platforms after taping a live web interview

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  1. Tess says:

    Oops. Didn’t mean to repeat.

  2. Tess says:

    Tattoos when you’re worried about lupus?

  3. seVen says:

    i LOVE that bag too.. though it probably costs more then i make a year lol .

  4. Alex says:

    I have lupus, the skin one and I have it for almost 10 years and I never heard it to be genetic. No one is my family have it. I would like to know who told her that it is genetic, cause all my doctors said that it is not genetic. They believe it is most likely environmental related

  5. suz says:

    Ten bucks says she studded it herself. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. It looks hot as all hell.

  6. Rachel says:

    Whoa. She’s wearing clothes.

  7. city says:

    I am so sorry to hear that she is borderline positive for lupus. that is how i tested before being diagnosed with RA and Fibromyalgia.

  8. city says:

    @alex – isn’t it something like there is the ‘genetic predisposition’ for the disease. and then something happens to trigger it? (note: i am no expert – so just trying to remember what i was told) So sorry you are suffering with chronic illness. i know how hard it can be!

  9. Mrs Odie 2 says:

    It’s never lupus.

    Systemic Lupus Erythematosis (SLE) is genetic. Autoimmune diseases run in families, but environment does have an effect. I’ve never heard of “borderline positive.” Either your ana test is positive or it’s not.

  10. MD says:

    That’s total BS, since there is no pos/neg test for lupus. A lupus diagnosis is based on a series of observed symptoms, as well as blood level indicator tests. There’s no such thing as “borderline positive”.

  11. DetRiotgirl says:

    Some thing about this made me lol:

    Larry: I’m okay. You look great… there was a story about lupus or something.

    Haha, I just picture him fumbling through his notes like “who is this tranny? What’s lupus? Where’s my ensure?” It is way past time for him to retire.

  12. Jessie says:

    I know what she means about borderline positive, since I’m going through it now. I think what she means is that she doesn’t have full flown lupus, but tested positive for an ANA or SSA/SSB anitbody, and she exhibits some of the symptoms of the disease but not full blown lupus. There may be a chance she may never get full blown lupus. It’s called unknown connective tissue disorder, and I’m going through the same thing–I tested positive for scleroderma, but exhibit only some symptoms for that and overlap symptoms for lupus and sjrogrens syndrome as well, but I don’t have one full blown disease, and may get one, all or none diagnosed in the future. I take Plaquenil and other treatments and get monitored, but it hasn’t affected my quality of life since I take good care of myself. I feel for Gaga and wish her well.

  13. Jessie says:

    And I’ve been told by docs at John Hopkins (where I was in May) there is some genetic predisposition for lupus. My dad and older half sister have it.

  14. original kate says:

    i think she meant to say she was borderline talented. i am with her on don’t ask don’t tell, though.

  15. Hautie says:

    I am also thinking she bedazzle that Birkin one night while watching TV.

  16. ummmmno says:

    so… she has a blood marker that is associated with Lupus, without any symptoms. why is this even worth mentioning? stupid drama queen, stop trying to gain sympathy. there is nothing wrong with her. shes so uneducated its embarrassing.

  17. sdcs says:

    autoimmune diseases may run in families, but so do lifestyle choices [run in families, that is].
    she needs to rest and take care of herself, too.
    i dont wish illness on anyone, it just bugs when people talk about all of these ‘mysterious illnesses’, without making any lifestyle changes at all.

    oh, and she is SO not the age she says. c’mon. really. who believes this?

  18. Damn! That sucks. I am still going through the testing after a year of health issues.

  19. Tia C says:

    @ original Kate: LOL!

    Well, if she gets sick maybe she will just go away… I don’t wish ill health on her, but it would be nice if she’d disappear. Her “singing” sounds like a cat in heat.

  20. Ashley says:

    The bag looks like she studded it herself (the rows are all wonky. If it had been made the company would have made sure it looked better). Kind of funny, but she would have the gall to stud a thousand dollar bag.

    I like the suspenders, but the glasses and the affection made her sound pretentious. When she speaks she doesn’t seem as clever as you’d think she’d be (what with her expensive private school education). I get the impression she believes she’s highly intelligent, but going off on a tangent about how she has morbid curiosity when it doesn’t pretain to the question gives me the impression she’s another popstar who needs people to speak for her (plus her avant garde look doesn’t match with her POP songs. If she was as clever as she’d have us believe her songs would have a better message, than boys breaking her heart, spending all might clubbing, etc).

    I still like her though, she just needs to quite with the pretentious attitude (but then again I don’t know if that’s just a natural attribute to growing up in NYC?).

  21. Sweetiebeab says:

    I have been diagnosed with “borderline” Lupus on and off several times… there is no test that can conclusivly prove you have Lupus but the ANA test is a guideline that strongly id’s it. My testing over the last 5-8 years resulted in positve and negative ANAs but the count was not as high as they usually see in Lupus and I have not shown signs of organ damage or the telltale skin issues. Gaga’s lingo may be different from the lingo your Doc may use but I do believe that she is being truthful. Good luck to all for good health.

  22. Supastar says:

    @Ashley…Thousand dollar bag? The Hermes Birkin can cost from around $10,000 to $50,000 and the waiting period to get one can be up to 6 years.

  23. Scarlet Vixen says:

    Isn’t she from like, New Jersey or something? Why does she have a faux British accent? At least Madge has a bit of an excuse–she lived in London for years and was married to a Brit. What’s Gaga’s excuse? And did she and Larry call each other beforehand and make sure to color-coordinate their outfits? 😀

    And I’m sorry, but this girl is seriously fug. No wonder she wears crazy outfits–it’s to distract us from her face. I usually try to not be so mean, but she is seriously homely.

  24. thepickle says:

    well, she definitely has crooked eyeglass syndrome whether that is genetic or not.

  25. a says:

    @jessie: that was a perfect explanation. you beat me to it and said it better!


  26. Jessie says:

    @a: No probs, I’ve been going through this stuff for over a year now, and it’s only now I am beginning to understand what is going on!

  27. RobN says:

    Nice House reference, Mrs. Odie. Well played.

  28. blinditemreader says:

    Her Madonnafication is nearly complete?

  29. CB Rawks says:

    “The Hermes Birkin can cost from around $10,000 to $50,000 and the waiting period to get one can be up to 6 years.”

    That’s a good test for insanity. If you order one you should be carted away.

  30. Layla says:

    She is obviously a moron.

  31. gg says:

    I agree with CB rawks. Anybody that would pay that kind of money and wait for the privilege, for a 4ucking PURSE is KOO-KOO. And it’s damn ugly and looks heavy, and painful too.

  32. Mistral says:

    This transcript is making me laugh. Also, good observation on the “clusterfuck” of affectations….

  33. city says:

    @supastar – that was exactly my thoughts….way more than a thousand!

    i had ‘non specific connective tissue disease’ – thought it was lupus for a while, then turned into RA. I think she is being truthful. i don’t think anyone other than spencer pratt would lie about something this terrible.

  34. Fae says:

    Christ, if you’re going to pay silly money for something to cart your keys round in, make it something nice. You could hire a model to carry them for that amount.

    If only she could hire a model to make desperate attempts to be interesting whilst curiously forgetting to apply the same rules to her music.

  35. gg says:

    One of her ears must be higher than the other, which is very common. I’ve seen her glasses crooked a lot.

    I don’t hear any fake English accent though.

  36. moocow says:


    Sorry for capsing but I just don’t understand and I neeeed to know!

  37. crash2GO2 says:

    Is she channeling Amy Winehouse in the first pic?

    In normal lighting, she is quite homely, poor thing.

  38. ARNOLD says:

    The bag is ugly. You think you like it because a “trendsetter”/fashionista is carrying it. But really – it doesn’t look nice, right? You know that, right? Forget about being brainwashed – you think it’s ugly and it’s okay to admit that. It’s an easy one. It doesn’t look nice therefore it isn’t nice. The studs don’t improve on the way the bag looked – therefore you do not like this bag. If the bag were $50, which it ended up looking like, you wouldn’t think twice about it. Stop stop stop lying to yourself and just be yourself.

    Seriously. You don’t like the bag. It’s obvious it isn’t a nice bag.

    That’s the ONLY way to think about it.

  39. Orbit says:

    Is that the disease that makes you dress like a dumbass?

  40. Jackie says:

    I am in medical school, and while yes, ANA is used to test for Lupus, specifically Anti-Smith is used to know for sure. Other things considered, are ESR levels, and genetic testing to see if there is genetic predisposition on HLA DR6, which is where SLE is normally found. Genes associated with lupus do make it a genetic transmissible disease, but environmental factors are a big key as well.
    I concur with the arguments about being boarderline positive, if she doesnt have symptoms then there is nothing really to talk about, since having Anti-DNA antibodies can be seen in other autoimmune disorders.
    I like that she is bringing attention to the disease, but feel like she is being a drama queen, since she hasn’t been diagnosed with it as of yet. And if she ever is – then she really needs to focus more on her health then her career, since it could be the reason she fully develops it, from the lifestyle she is keeping.

  41. Sally says:

    Love the bag. Love the suspenders/shirt/tie/glasses look. Best of luck, Gaga!

  42. Shane says:

    Lupus has strong genetic components. It has environmental components as well. … but, these genes account for only a small part of the genetic risk for lupus.

    Perhaps she is speaking about Lupus to bring some focus to autoimmune diseases like Lupus, MS, Hughes…? That is a positive step, imo.

    If she didn’t address the Lupus issue then she may be accused of ‘hiding’ it? Can’t win, really when it comes to the media.

  43. ogechi says:

    Am honestly hearing of Lupus the first time, reading up on it. Its scary though but Experts say the illness probably results from a complex mix of hormonal, genetic, and environmental factors.

  44. Shay says:

    I’m really so fed up with celebrities holding Hermes bags in such an obvious position -to advertise. Talk about walking product placement. It’s pathetic and puts me off Hermes.

  45. arallyn says:

    People make this big deal about her bringing up lupus and being a drama queen about it- the whole thing got blown out of proportion after an off-handed remark she made about it. I mean, yeah, she is a drama queen. Just not about that.

    I love her music. Her fashion? Well, at least I respect that she does the concepts for a lot of her own stuff (well, her show costumes at least). Most of it turns out looking like she’s completely insane, though.

  46. I like the bag, it reminds me of one my first long term BF (yeah, it was before girls) made for me in high school. He made it out of a Goodwill purse – 2.50 and about ten packs of studs – 1.99 a pop! And mine was made with love – priceless.

  47. weslyn says:

    didn’t she just say that she lies about everything she says interviews if it’s not related to her “art”..(if u can call it that)

  48. filthycute says:

    Jesus, you couldn’t pay me to carry that hideous sack.

  49. Hmm says:

    Wow, everyone is so negative on here.

    Lady Gaga is a really beautiful person both inside and out. It’s very clear that her focus is loving people and welcoming them to finding themselves and being okay with that.

    It’s great for a celebrity to be like that.

  50. Nico says:

    SMDH…she might as well just jump into Madonna’s cooch and set up housekeeping.

  51. okay says:

    lupus huh. im surprised it wasnt something worse that involved her puting her poker face on anyones disco stick that would give her a bed romance. seeing how she is a free b***h!

  52. Kit says:

    That bag is seriously ugly. If it were on the clearance counter at Macy’s and didnt have the name and the price tag, i bet most of us wouldnt even consider it.

  53. Zoe says:

    I hope this diagnosis does not limit Lady Gaga. She’s one of my favorite performers right now.

  54. Dr. G. House says:

    It’s not Lupus, it’s never Lupus.

  55. laura says:

    I was recently diagnosed with Lupus Nephritis, a subcondition of Systemic Lupus Erythematosis (SLE). All I have to say is it sucks,and this just pisses me off. I’m so freaking sick of Lady Gaga and her unoriginal look and her uninformed statements that she makes on national television like she knows what the hell she’s talking about. Sorry to hate on the Gaga but she sucks ass.

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  57. jack says:

    That is not a british accent fake or otherwise. When have you ever heard a brit talk like that? She just has an irritating habit of ending her sentences on a questioning up note.