Lady Gaga doesn't care if California dies of thirst.

Well ... OK, maybe that's not true. Maybe.

But there are conflicting stories as to whether Gaga, making her video for "G.U.Y.", at Hearst Castle, ended up wasting 356,000 gallons of water during California's worst drought of the past 119 years, which was reported by Radar Online.

Richard Stapler, the Deputy Secretary for Communications for the California Natural Resources Agency, called the Radar story "wildly misleading at best."

"Because the water from the Neptune pool comes from a treated reservoir, it is chlorinated at very low levels that meet health standards for drinking water," Stapler wrote in an email. "This means that for the video shoot, the water was able to be used for irrigation immediately afterward, and no water was wasted.

In this May 16, 2012, file photo, Lady Gaga arrives at the Sungshan airport in Taipei, Taiwan.
In this May 16, 2012, file photo, Lady Gaga arrives at the Sungshan airport in Taipei, Taiwan. (AP Photo/Wally Santana, File)

Gaga's video apparently required continuous filling of the iconic Neptune Pool at the National and California Historical Landmark mansion, located on the Central Coast of San Simeon. Radar said its sources said the pool leaked 5,000 gallons a day.

A source who works at Hearst Castle also reportedly told Radar that because Gaga decided to jump into the pool with synchronized swimmers, they had to add chlorine.

"Since the water was chlorinated, it couldn't be used for any of the irrigation or landscaping at the Castle," the insider told Radar. "The water was simply drained and disposed of. It was a huge waste of water, which is such a precious resource in California at the moment because of the drought."


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So, according to Radar, Lady Gaga was trying to kill us all.

But Stapler said the water wasn't wasted.

"The water system up at the Castle is actually part of the Hearst Ranch and is completely closed, so they refilled it from on-site sources, then let it drain down afterward," Stapler wrote. "Two months later, yes the pool is empty because the water has been used and stored in reservoirs that don't leak."

Radar purported to have photographic evidence of its claims, which Stapler also took issue with.

"The photo montage they have is misleading as well -- the pool was only down a few feet in January when it was refilled to shoot the video," he wrote. There you go.

A source reportedly told Radar that Gaga agreed to donate $250,000 to the Hearst Castle Foundation, whose mission it is to help preserve and restore the Hearst Castle's 25,000 artifacts, in order to have the pool filled with water from the on-site irrigation plant. She also reportedly agreed to film a public service announcement about water conservation.

According to the Hearst Castle website, the pool holds 345,000 gallons and is no longer regularly filled because of the leaks.

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