Lady Gaga and the gay community seem to go together like PB&J, but the pop star has recently been criticized for exploiting her LGBT fans to sell records -- a "ridiculous" claim Gaga isn't taking lightly.

"My love for my gay fans is just pure, authentic love for them as supporters of me from the beginning, and me feeling connected to their struggles as someone who is a part of their fight," Gaga tells The Advocate.

Gaga, who admits in the interview that she considers herself a member of the LGBT community -- specifically, "the 'B' letter" -- says anyone claiming that she's using the gay community to help bolster record sales is absurd.

"To say that I would use the gay community to sell records is probably one of the most ridiculous statements anyone can make about me as a person," Gaga says. "I would say the top thing I think about every single day of my life, other than my fans, loving the music, and my family being healthy, is social justice and equality."