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Why Would Lady Gaga Hang Around Lancaster, Pa.?

Originally published on February 4, 2012 1:05 pm
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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

All right. Well, reality TV producers are in the business of making stars, and once stars are made, those people get all the fans, they get all the attention. You have to wonder if sometimes they just want to be left alone.

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GREENE: One star, Lady Gaga, seems to have found the secret to anonymity. She always dresses crazily in public; costumes, makeup, dresses made of meat. Well, when she actually wants some private time, she seems to look like herself and hopes that no one will notice.

CINDY STAUFFER: They did not recognize her right away because she is usually dressed a different way when she's on stage.

GREENE: That's the voice of Cindy Stauffer, a reporter for the Intelligencer Journal, the newspaper in my hometown, Lancaster, Pennsylvania. I reached out to her because I had been hearing these rumors that Lady Gaga has been slipping in and out of Lancaster County recently - even going to the Giant supermarket there, where I worked as a cashier back in high school.

STAUFFER: She was spotted in the meat department of the local grocery store, which cue those jokes about the meat dress.

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STAUFFER: She was wearing a long trenchcoat and very high heels.

GREENE: A trenchcoat. How very incognito. Well, a few people have still recognized her. They've come up to her and snapped photos. They've published them on Facebook.

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GREENE: Love, it seems, is what drew Gaga to Lancaster. She's rumored to be dating actor Taylor Kinney, who has starred in "The Vampire Diaries" and happens to be a Lancaster native.

STAUFFER: Apparently, she and Mr. Kinney met while filming the video...

GREENE: The video for this song, "You and I."

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STAUFFER: I don't know if you've seen the video, but it's pretty steamy. He's pretty hot. He has a very nice body.

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GREENE: The newest rumor in Lancaster is that Gaga is looking to buy a house somewhere near town to be close to her boyfriend's family.

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GREENE: There have not been any Gaga sightings in Lancaster since late last year, so maybe this pop star will actually succeed in keeping her private life separate.

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GREENE: You know, if she continues to play her cards right.

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