Chameleon-like Lady Gaga, whose looks are always cutting edge and extreme, tried to explain exactly who she has become since rocketing to fame. It all comes down to her music and fans, nothing more, nothing less.

“When I am not onstage I feel dead. Whether that is healthy or not to you, or healthy or not to anyone, or a doctor, is really of no concern to me,” she told Rolling Stone magazine in a new interview.

“I don’t feel alive unless I’m performing, and that’s just the way I was born, she said.

Did anyone ever tell her about the potential for over-exposure?

Check out Gaga’s RS photos; click to enlarge.

Apparently not, because Gaga, real name Stefani Germanotta, appears on her third Rolling Stone cover in as many years. Editor Jan Wenner knows what sells.

For the shoot, Gaga wore a black leather bra and with a bow hair style. She has an almost wistful gaze.

Check out Gaga’s V Mag photos; click to enlarge.

In contrast, she posed her 2010 cover, with a short haircut and two machine guns anchored to her breasts. The guns are pointed skyward.

Her first cover was a frothy hot pink concoction in which Gaga, with a blonde fro, posed naked. Her strategic parts were covered by bubbles.

That’s quite an evolution. But in a new fashion shoot for V magazine, Gaga shows she is still all about extremes.

The shoot focuses on her exotically made up face.

In the end, though, Gaga, who is promoting her new album, Born this Way, says she is all about her fans.

‘We have this umbilical cord that I don’t want to cut, ever. I don’t feel that they suck me dry,” she tells RS.

‘It would be so mean, wouldn’t it, to say, “For the next month, I’m going to cut myself off from my fans so I can be a person.”

“What does that mean? They are part of my person, they are so much of my person. They’re at least 50 percent, if not more.”

The singer also answered critics who have accused her of being an attention whore because of her outfits.

“Is it that you believe that I am attention-seeking or shock for shock’s sake, or is it just that it’s been a long time since someone has embraced the art form the way that I have?

“Perhaps it’s been a couple of decades since there’s been an artist that’s been as vocal about culture, religion, human rights, politics. I’m so passionate about what I do, every bass line, every EQ.

Well, that would be Madonna. But even the pop queen never looked like this; Check out Gaga’s photos from Rolling Stone and V magazine.

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