According to an article in the Charleston Gazette, the mother of pop superstar Lady Gaga grew up in West Virginia's northern panhandle. Cynthia Bissett graduated from WVU in 1976 and moved to New York City where she married Joseph Germanotta. The couple has two daughters, the article reports, and the eldest is Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta: aka Lady Gaga.
"Little is known about how much time Lady Gaga may have spent in West Virginia. For the last couple of years, reports and rumors about Gaga's hillbilly roots have been circulating. Lady Gaga may have a whole slew of cousins running around the Mountain State, but none of them have come forward."
That explains a lot.