Lady Gaga is to guest-edit all 17 editions of the international Metro newspaper.

The star will take over the freesheet, which should not be confused with the UK Metro, on May 17th.

She will work from the London newsdesk of Metro World News, giving her views on the breaking news of the day.

The gay-friendly star will highlight issues around equality and individuality ahead of the release of her new album Born This Way.

Maggie Samways, global editor-in-chief, said: “We’re thrilled to have Lady Gaga take the helm of our newspapers for the day. Together with Lady Gaga, Metro World News and our local teams will produce a one-of-a-kind newspaper on May 17th.

“Lady Gaga is an extraordinary artistic force, so I’m confident that the edition will reflect her personality: creative, inspiring and surprising!”

A competition has been launched to give one lucky fan the chance to serve as Gaga’s editorial assistant for the day. Entrants must define what makes them “born this way”.

The singer commented: “Let’s see how fans would define what ‘Born This Way’ is for them. I say I was born to be brave. That’s part of my mission in life. I was born to follow my artistic visions. Look into yourself. Are you born to be brave?”

The global free Metro newspaper is one of the world’s largest international papers and is published in more than 100 cities around the world.

In December, Elton John guest-edited the Independent and i for World AIDS Day.