R+B star Beyonce Knowles feels no shame about her saucy stage displays - because she knows "God is okay with that".

The deeply religious Destiny's Child beauty insists there's no hypocrisy in her body-baring outfits and sexual dancing - she's so secure in her relationship with God, she knows he understands.

Beyonce explains, "I have standards. There are things I will not do. I always carry myself like a lady. I don't feel like I ever do anything raunchy. I'm not disrespectful or dirty or nasty.

"It's entertainment and I believe God is okay with that. I honestly believe he wants people to celebrate their bodies, as long as you don't compromise your Christianity in the process.

"God is the main person in my life and I wouldn't do anything to offend him. People say it's hypocritical to wear sexy clothes and then sing about God - but it's not like that at all. I obviously wouldn't wear hot pants in normal life or if I was going to church.

"When I'm on stage it's completely different. I'm not really me, it's just a performance. I couldn't wear most of the outfits I wear onstage to a club."

She adds, "I have a personal relationship with God and I don't see any problem with what I wear or how I dance on stage. Anything that I feel uncomfortable doing, I wouldn't do."

15/10/2003 02:29