Lady Gaga has defended her right to wear fur, despite fury from fans and critics alike over photos of her greeting fans in Bulgaria while wearing a fur coat.
However, the singer suggested in an open letter to fans that she may still continue to wear animal fur in future, stating: "You see a carcass, I see a museum pièce de résistance."
She added: "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."
Animal rights group PETA compared Gaga to a "mindless Kim Kardashian" after the singer was photographed wearing a fur coat on tour in Bulgaria on Monday.
In response, Gaga published the open letter online to confirm her new stance on the issue, which seems to go back on her 2009 comment to Ellen DeGeneres on US TV that: "I hate fur and I don't wear fur."
Lady Gaga is currently gearing up for the release of her third studio album ARTPOP. She revealed the name of the record with a tattoo on her arm and treated fans to a preview of what is thought to be the lead single from the album, 'Nothing On (But The Radio)'.
Lady Gaga's full statement on her stance on animal fur read:
To the 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. 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.