Lady GaGa would never have sex early in a relationship.

The 25-year-old singer - who is dating 'Vampire Diaries' actor Taylor Kinney - believes it is important to always practise safe sex and wants young women to appreciate they can "honour their body" by not "putting out" too soon.

She said: "It's always been important to me, as it's for my generation, a most relevant consideration when you're growing up. Sex doesn't mean nothing; sex means so much.

"I hope that young women know that sex is still a big deal, and they don't have to put out soon. If they want someone to court them for a while before they give it up, that's wonderful and beautiful, and a man will only respect you more for honouring your body. I am that way."

Gaga - who is a spokesperson for Mac cosmetics' Viva Glam campaign, which raises awareness of AIDS and HIV - also insisted she doesn't mind if people don't always like what she does or says because she thinks the most important thing is to always make "brave" choices in life.

She told the USA Today newspaper: "People won't always love your work and they won't always the love the causes that you fight for, but at the end of the day, I think I could be OK with it all if I knew deep down in my spirit that I was always brave and I was always doing the hardest thing."