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Lady Gaga pledges $1.2 million to hometown Sandy relief

Published on Nov 8, 2012 6:04 AM
In this Monday, Oct. 1, 2012 file photo, Lady Gaga arrives at the Versace atelier in Milan, Italy. Lady Gaga is donating $1 million to the Red Cross to aid those affected by Superstorm Sandy. -- PHOTO: AP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Pop diva Lady Gaga, currently on tour in South America, pledged US$1 million (S$1.2 million) to the American Red Cross on Wednesday for victims of superstorm Sandy in her hometown New York.

"If it wasn't for NYC: the Lower Eastside, Harlem, the Bronx and Brooklyn, I would not be the woman or artist that I am today," she wrote on her website.

"Thank you for helping me build my spirit," she told the metropolis where she was born and raised. "I will now help you rebuild yours," she added.

Gaga, 26, whose real name is Stefani Germanotta, said she was making the pledge on behalf of herself, her parents and sister.

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