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Lady GaGa not part of 'We Are The World' remake

Lady GaGa has taken aim at reports she snubbed the star-studded reworking of charity anthem 'We Are The World'.

The "Bad Romance" hitmaker was rumoured to be among the 80-plus celebrities invited to perform the 1985 Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie hit, which has been revamped to aid the Haiti earthquake relief effort - but she was a no show on Monday night (01 Feb. 10) when the recording took place. And now the singer has set the record straight, insisting she didn't turn her back on struggling Haitians - she simply wasn't supposed to be part of the party. She says, "I was never supposed to do We Are The World... I believe that they (Richie and producer Quincy Jones) may have asked about it, but I was unable to do it."

Meanwhile, Gaga has been doing her own thing to raise funds for Haiti, including handing over the profits from tickets and merchandise at a recent New York show to charities dedicated to the relief effort.

Speaking to Los Angeles DJ Billy Bush on Thursday (04 Feb. 10), she explained, "I’ve been working on my own charity projects for Haiti. We’ve raised over half a million dollars for Haiti already and we like to work specifically with charities that are based in Haiti itself. "I donated all of the proceeds from one show worth of ticket sales as well as all the of the merchandise from that show and for 24 hours we had a Gaga for Haiti day, where everything that was bought on the website... went to Haiti. "We’re continuing to work on more projects and we’re supposed to go to Haiti later this year for a show, which is very exciting."

Watch the official video for 'We Are the World' for Haiti below: