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Lady Gaga apologises to fans for fur coat row

Lady Gaga has attempted to defuse a row over wearing fur which has engulfed the singer in the last few days.

The row intitially started when PETA Vice President Dan Matthews called out Gaga on August 13 for appearing to wear a fur coat despite the singer previously speaking out against it.

In a note posted on her social networking website Little Monsters, the 'Born This Way' singer - who infamously wore a meat dress in 2010 - has called for calm, but she added that her morals are not "rigid" and that when some people see a dead animal, she sees a "museum pièce de résistance". Gaga wrote to her fans:

"I want you to know that I care deeply about your feelings and views, and I will always support your philosophies about life. We've been having over-arching conversations about society, equality, and politics for the past five years, and we should continue. I do not however support violent, abusive, and childish campaigns for ANY CAUSE. Particularly one that I respect. "Animal Rights." I am choosing not to comment on whether or not the furs I purchase are faux fur-pile or real because I would think it hypocritical not to acknowledge the python, ostrich, cow hide, leather, lamb, alligator, "kermit" and not to mention meat, that I have already worn. This should already put me in a category as one who appreciates and adores the beauty of animals in fashion, but am not a strict vegan. I have truly always stayed away from skinned fur, especially i have never been able to afford a nice one, but this does not mean my morals are rigid and that I won't bend at the sight of an absolute art piece of a coat. I have no chains about this. You see a carcass, I see a museum pièce de résistance."

Gaga continued: "But I am truly sorry to fans who are upset by this, its a fair and applaudable feeling about the health and safety of animals. I respect your views, please respect mine. And to campaigners, Save your flour to make bread for the children who are hungry. And Kim Kardashian is fabulous."




Watch Lady Gaga perform on her 2012 Born This Way Ball tour below: