We all know Lady Gaga from her crazy outfits (sometimes great, sometimes a little too much), march-to-your-own-drum mentality and be-your-own-person motto…but what if she doesn’t practice what she preaches? 

Apparently Gaga is suffering from some extreme body dysmorphic disorder problems. That is, friends have noted that she “will stare at herself in the mirror for hours on end, analyzing and critiquing her body. It’s an unhealthy obsession.”

According to Ian Halperin, an investigative journalist who has been looking into Gaga for the past year, she uses her perfectly toned body and crazy outfits to distract from the side effects of Lupus, a disease she has openly admitted to suffering from. Some side effects of Lupus: hair loss and red, blotchy skin.

By having a perfect body and wearing ridiculously cool (or outlandish) getups, she’s attempting to hide herself behind a facade.

I have no problem with any of this — in fact most women (and many men) spend a lot of time critiquing their bodies — except when it starts to infringe on Lady Gaga’s “love yourself” message. From Born This Way (the hit song and the name of the album) to her tweets that include lines like, “Ignore all hatred and criticism,” Lady Gaga is preaching a great message that she isn’t practicing herself.

Lovelies, what do you think? Is Lady Gaga just using her weight to help distract from the side effects of Lupus, or is there a deeper problem with the way she sees her body? Would the hypocrisy from her born-this-way message ever affect the way you viewed her as an artist?

[via PopEater]