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Lady Gaga has insisted she loves Katy Perry after old texts emerged of her slamming the star.

In an exchange with Kesha in 2016, Gaga and Kesha called Katy “mean” for not reporting producer Dr Luke for allegedly raping her, an allegation both Katy and Dr Luke deny.

Gaga tweeted: “[email protected] & I have grown up in the industry together. We’ve gone through both celebrations & differences w/ each other. These are old texts. We’ve matured, gotten over the past, love each other & share deep respect. Katy is my friend and is truly a kind soul. End of story.”

Katy, 34, replied to Gaga, saying: “Love you too friend. Onward and upward.”

And Gaga’s spokesperson released a statement, saying: “These text messages paint a picture of one friend trying to help another through an extraordinary difficult time. They are several years old and in no way reflect Lady Gaga’s relationship with Katy Perry. .”

ACCUSED: Singer Katy Perry called 'mean'. Photo: DANNY MOLOSHOK/REUTERS

In the messages with Gaga in 2016, Kesha wrote: “I’m really upset with Katy Perry. She could bring the whole thing to a head, but she won’t. She was raped by the same man.”

Gaga, 32, replied: “U are really strong standing up to him, she’s not as strong as * yet. Have * talked to her?”

Kesha, 31, wrote to Gaga: “You’re right. I need to find sympathy and empathy for her. She’s so mean. It’s hard.”

And Gaga said: “Do * want me to see if I can talk to her? I know she’s mean.”

Katy reportedly said: “I want to stay out of it because I know them both and I empathise with both of them and obviously it’s a horrible situation for both of them.”

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