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Lady Gaga: I Have Tested 'Borderline Positive' for Lupus

After recently having trouble breathing before a concert in Tokyo, Lady Gaga (photosLady Gaga photos) says she knows she needs to take better care of herself.

"You know, lupus is in my family and it is genetic," Lady Gaga admitted to Larry King on Tuesday night. "It's funny, cause my mother told me the other day that my fans were quite worried about me because I did talk about the fact that I was tested for lupus."

"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 don't have it. But I have to take good care of myself."

Lupus is a connective tissue disease in which the immune system attacks the body. It can be fatal – although fatalities are now becoming rarer. Heart palpitations, shortness of breath, and joint pain are the more common indications of the disease.

King was inquiring about an interview in which the singer revealed that there was a little more behind the stage delays and cancelled gigs.

"I have heart palpitations and things," she said when asked about her health. "But it's OK. It's just from fatigue and other things. I'm very connected to my aunt, Joanne, who died of lupus. It’s a very personal thing. I don’t want my fans to be worried about me."

"In Tokyo. I was having trouble breathing. I had a little oxygen, then I went on stage. I was OK. But like I say, I don’t want anyone to worry."

In the wide ranging interview with King, Gaga also briefly spoke about Michael Jackson.

"I was actually asked to open for Michael on his tour and we were going to open for him at the O2 and we were working on making it happen. Michael's death was devastating for me regardless of whether or not I was supposed to go on tour with him."

"He's such an inspiration and remarkable human being. I guess I suppose some of my fascination with death and the demise of celebrity goes along with me watching these hugely iconic and amazing people that I have heralded and admired my whole life become destroyed. Whether self-destroyed or destroyed by the media."

She also talked about the military's don't-ask-don't-tell policy and called it 'archaic'.

"There's so many archaic things floating around in the government right now that are so misinformed and so wrong. I just think that in terms of education—sexual education, political education and social education in schools... I think it's important to be specific about civil rights and a person's worth."

"No person's worth any less than another human being based on their sexual orientation."

June 2, 2010 |

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