Sexy pop sensation Beyonce Knowles' first kiss with a boy was such a traumatic experience, she didn't want to open her mouth.

But the CRAZY IN LOVE singer - who is now dating rap star JAY-Z - admits the intimate encounter finally put her on the same level as her pals.

She says, "I was about 12 or 13, and it was really embarrassing because every one of my friends had kissed boys two years before.

"I was scared to admit I hadn't kissed anyone yet because I didn't want to seem like a prude.

"I was nervous and I didn't want to open my mouth, so I just gave him these awful tight lips."

16/09/2003 02:27