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Lady Gaga to Fans: "Don't Have Sex"

Lady Gaga is saving her provocative performances for the stage.

The singer announced that she is now celibate and is urging her fans to do the same.

"I can't believe I'm saying this - don't have sex," Gaga said during a stop in England, according to MTV.com. She was there promoting MAC Cosmetics' Viva Glam campaign, which supports HIV and AIDS projects around the world.

"I'm single right now and I've chosen to be single because I don't have the time to get to know anybody," she continued. "So it's OK not to have sex, it's OK to get to know people. I'm celibate, celibacy's fine"

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The 24-year-old added that she was spreading the celibacy message in part because of the steady rise in the rate of HIV infection among women around the world, while cases among men have continued to decline.

She also said that she wants her celibacy to be something she shares with her fans and that she doesn't want them to shy away from being different.

"It's OK to be whomever it is that you want to be," she said. "You don't have to have sex to feel good about yourself, and if you're not ready, don't do it…It's not really cool anymore to have sex all the time. It's cooler to be strong and independent."

Gaga added that she hoped her fans who idolize her will listen to the message.

"When you're in the public eye, you're a role model whether you want to be or not. And I want to be," she said. "I'm not one of those self-obsessed artists who don't care about their fans. It's not just about the music."