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Singing sensation, sex symbol, rumored hermaphrodite … and celibacy advocate?

If you’ve seen her music or seen any Lady Gaga pictures, you know about her racy, sexually-charged songs and outfits. But the star says she’s celibate.

Come on … really? Really.

“I can’t believe I’m saying this – don’t have sex,” Lady Gaga told the UK’s Daily Mail while discussing her role in Mac’s Viva Glam campaign, which supports global HIV and AIDS projects. “I’m single right now and I’ve chosen to be single.”

“Because I don’t have the time to get to know anybody,” she said. “So it’s OK not to have sex, it’s OK to get to know people. I’m celibate, celibacy’s fine.”

Celibacy is something Lady Gaga wants “to celebrate” with her fans.

“It’s OK to be whomever it is that you want to be,” she said. “You don’t have to have sex to feel good about yourself. If you’re not ready, don’t do it. If you are ready, there are free condoms given away at my concerts when you’re leaving!”

She’s a real humanitarian.

The important thing, Lady Gaga said, is to be true to yourself: “I remember the cool girls when I was growing up. Everyone started to have sex. But it’s not really cool any more to have sex all the time. It’s cooler to be strong and independent.”

Unlike Bristol Palin, she practices what she preaches.

Says she’s proud to be a role model, too. “When you’re in the public eye, you’re a role model whether you want to be or not. I want to be. I’m not one of those self-obsessed artists who don’t care about their fans. It’s not just about the music.”

Gaga said she has a “responsibility” to fans and that “and you’re an idiot if you don’t know that.” Wow, is this girl surprisingly grounded and smart or what?