Abstinence is when someone chooses to not to do the deed. People that live an abstinent life come in all shapes, sizes, and walks of life. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that even some of the biggest names in Hollywood are abstinent. Usually, people who choose to abstain are religious. That’s not to say it’s a bad thing, though. People who are not going all the way can be just as happy as people who are.
Some celebrities, such as Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon, chose to abstain until they got married, even though neither of them were virgins. Some couples do that to make their wedding night even more special. Some people, however, make that vow publicly but can’t go the distance. On this list, you’ll find celebrities that were able to abstain until they got married, some celebrities that are still waiting for the right person to come along, and some people that couldn’t control themselves behind closed doors. Some of the people on this list will shock you!
14 Carrie Underwood — Waited
Carrie Underwood is one of the few winners of American Idol to go on and actually become an American idol. With the exception of Kelly Clarkson, most of the other American Idol winners disappeared from the limelight. That’s not to say that they aren’t having successful careers, just that they aren’t as famous as someone like Carrie Underwood. While Underwood is talented, a lot of her success comes for how marketable she is. She’s a country singer with strong ties to her Christian faith and her fans love it.
Throughout her early career, Underwood was outspoken about her faith. She told reporters that she was choosing to save herself for marriage because that’s just sort of how she was raised. She said that she was saving herself for the right guy, who she found at 26 years old. Mike Fisher, an NHL player, fell for Underwood despite her stance. The two were married in 2009 and now have a son together.
13 Britney Spears — Couldn’t Wait
For whatever reason, people believed Britney Spears when she said that she was going to save herself until marriage. Despite songs like Hit Me Baby One More Time, the media and Britney’s fans, believed every word that she said. That was, of course, until Justin Timberlake revealed that he and Britney had gotten down and dirty back in 2002. It wasn’t all that surprising, considering that Spears’ mother encouraged the two pop stars to sleep in the same bed together when they just started dating. But even before Timberlake, Spears had been hiding a dirty little secret for years.
Britney lost her virginity when she was only 14 years old to an 18-year-old high-school football player in her hometown. This inside look to Spears’ past was only revealed in her mother’s memoir titled Through The Storm: A Real Tale Of Fame And Family In A Tabloid World. According to the memoir, Spears’ mother encouraged the relationship because she thought that her daughter would become more popular at school if she dated a football player. No wonder Britney went crazy!
12 Meagan Good — Waited
Once upon a time, actress Meagan Good was your average party girl who loved to hook up with strangers and drink until she was puking in a toilet. But, in 2010, she ditched her former lifestyle and became a born-again Christian, and chose to stay celibate until marriage. She avoided doing the deed for two years before she married a pastor, DeVon Franklin. You can read more about their relationship in the book, The Wait: A Powerful Practice for Finding the Love of Your Life and the Life You Love.
According to Good, she was a destructive person that struggled before she became a born-again Christian. After years of failed relationships with people like Lil Wayne, 50 Cent, Nick Cannon, and Jamie Foxx, she said that she began reading the Bible and praying at home with her family. Good cites turning to religion after one of her boyfriends cheated on her, and she decided that she wanted to find a husband and not someone who was just using her for her body. Despite the characters she plays on screen, Meagan Good, is, well, good!
11 Demi Lovato — Couldn’t Wait
Back in the day, Demi Lovato would be spotted wearing a promise necklace that contained the words “True Love Waits.” It was a beautiful piece of jewelry that conveyed a powerful message about her beliefs. Once Lovato stopped wearing it, it didn’t take tabloids very long to notice. This was right around the time that Lovato’s mental health made headlines.
Though she no longer wears the necklace, Lovato has said that she’s going to keep the details of her bedroom life confidential. “For me, there’s still that weird feeling in the back of my head that’s like, ‘All right, I know that my mom and dad are going to hear my music and my little sister, and that’s really weird for me.'” That’s probably for the best, Demi. Most people would say that you’re far too talented to resort to tacky marketing gimmicks like Miley.
10 Jessica Simpson — Waited
It’s almost amazing that Jessica Simpson has been able to stay faithful to her religion for so long. Whenever people think of Jessica Simpson, they think of her oversexualized performance of These Boots Were Made For Walkin’ as part of the promotion for the movie The Dukes of Hazzard. Most people don’t realize that Simpson was initially a Christian singer who had an anti-sex appeal image. But, her first albums weren’t selling well, so her agents kind of forced her to become sensual in order to boost her sales.
Though she’s gone from the spotlight now, Jessica Simpson was, at one time, a household name. She was one of the first reality TV stars and back in the early 2000s, she was very open about the fact that she was saving herself until marriage. In 2000, Simpson said that remaining a virgin was something she had strong faith in. Her soon-to-be-husband, Nick Lachey, said, “It’s not always easy. But I do respect it. Virginity can be cool and s*xy.” That’s probably the first, and only time, someone has referred to virginity as s*xy. The couple was married in 2002, and we can only imagine what happened on the wedding night. Despite trying to wait for the right guy, Simpson and Lachey divorced in 2006, a measly four years after getting hitched.
9 Selena Gomez — Couldn’t Wait
Selena Gomez was another Disney star to flaunt a purity ring when she still worked for Mickey Mouse. Critics said that she was just jumping on the bandwagon, but Gomez insisted that she owned a purity ring since she was 12 years old. For most of her career, Gomez has always been a goody two-shoes, with the exception of her movie Spring Breakers. It was blatantly apparent that Gomez was trying to distance herself from her family-friendly image by starring in the controversial film.
So, when did Gomez throw away her purity ring? According to reports, Justin Bieber was flaunting the fact that he and Gomez did the deed back in 2011 when they were still two teenagers in love. At the time, Selena was 19 and Justin was 17. Some have speculated that the two flew to Palm Springs for a couple of days to get away from their hectic lives and spend time getting freaky. If you’re still not convinced, quite a few text messages between Gomez and Bieber leaked which prove that when they were dating, they were a lot more s*xual than they let on in public.
8 Lolo Jones — Still Waiting
Olympic athlete Lolo Jones has been an outspoken advocate when it comes to promoting abstinence. The former track star made international headlines back in 2012 when she announced that she was a virgin on Twitter. According to Jones, her religious beliefs prevent her from having doing the deed with someone until she gets married. When explaining herself, Jones said, “This is my path and I was just sharing my life.”
Since announcing her abstinence to the world, Jones admitted that she has some regret for being so open about her life. Her confession brought a lot of negative attention her way, and told reporters that she might be better off keeping her mouth shut about her religious beliefs. Jones added that she does not have “a hard time finding dates, but I do have a hard time finding a guy that I want to date that has good morals, that’s willing to wait.” Jones said that remaining a virgin has been the hardest thing she’s ever done, saying it was even harder than training for the Olympics.
7 Lisa Kudrow — Couldn’t Wait
On TV, Lisa Kudrow was known for her portrayal of Phoebe Buffay on the hit sitcom Friends. On the show, Kudrow was a free spirited hippie that was quite kinky. In reality, Kudrow doesn’t actually share many similarities with Phoebe. For years, there were rumors that Kudrow was saving herself for marriage and it wasn’t until a few years ago that she addressed those rumours.
While appearing on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Kudrow said that people were always asking her about whether or not she was a virgin when she got married. She said that she’s tried to squash this rumour over the years but has found that her efforts have been futile. In the interview, she said that the rumour started because when she was younger, she said that she wanted to be a virgin when she got married, because she thought it was worthwhile. That said, Kudrow couldn’t wait until her wedding night to get her freak on.
6 Kevin Jonas — Waited
Kevin Jonas was the oldest member of The Jonas Brothers. When he and his brothers publicly made a vow to remain virgins until they got married, he was old enough to know what he was getting himself into. Nick, on the other hand, well, we’ll get into that later. In 2009, Kevin Jonas married Danielle Deleasa two years after the couple met. Today, they have two children and seem to be living as normal of a life as possible, all things considered.
After finally getting to do the deed at nearly 30 years old, Kevin Jonas publicly said that “s*x was not worth the wait.” In his own words, “After we did it, I was kind of like, that’s it?” You can only imagine how his wife must have felt hearing him talk about their first time in bed together in such a negative way. But, according to Jonas, his wife felt the exact same way as he did. It’s more than likely that the couple was expecting something magical to happen, like fireworks, because they had waited for so long.
5 Nick Jonas — Couldn’t Wait
Nick Jonas put on his purity ring at the same time as his brother, Kevin. However, Nick revealed that he was a lot less committed to the idea than his older brother. After wearing it for a few years (and facing a lot of criticism for it), Nick was seen without it on. In an Ask Me Anything on Reddit, Nick addressed his former purity ring by saying, “I came from an incredibly religious home. We were highly scrutinized as a family within the church and looked at as, well, I guess you would call an example of what that family image should be. There was a person in the church who at one point demanded that all the kids in the youth group put these purity rings on and make this commitment. So, without a full understanding of what we were stepping into, we all made this commitment.”
In recent interviews, it seems like Nick Jonas has done a complete 180 on his stance about s*x. He released a song alongside Nicki Minaj for the soundtrack of 50 Shades Darker. After the song was released, Nick talked about his process for making the song. His exact words were, “I just tried to bring some soul to it, and have fun with a song that I hope a lot of people have s*x to.”
4 Adriana Lima — Waited
Adriana Lima is best known for her work as a Victoria’s Secret angel. While the saucy Brazilian model strut the runway wearing lingerie, she was actually a stranger to putting on the same outfits in the bedroom. Despite how sensual her job is, Lima revealed to reporters that she was a virgin, and was actually going to save herself for marriage.
In an in-depth interview with GQ, Lima revealed that her stance on it stems from her strong beliefs as a Catholic. The interview took place in 2006, but Lima said that she agreed with all of the teachings of the Catholic Church and attends church every Sunday. She added that she believes being intimate is for after marriage and that she didn’t care how men responded to this fact when she told them. In her own words, “They have to respect that this is my choice. If there’s no respect, that means they don’t want me.” In 2009, she married professional basketball player Marko Jaric and they had two children, though the couple has since divorced.
3 Miley Cyrus — Couldn’t Wait
Believe it or not, Miley Cyrus once wore a purity ring. She started wearing hers after The Jonas Brothers put theirs on, in what appeared to be a craze that was sweeping through Disney stars. It’s unclear whether or not Miley expressed an interest in wearing a purity ring before she actually put it on, but within a few years she stopped being seen with it on. Like others, it seemed that Miley Cyrus threw her former beliefs out the window.
During her controversial Bangerz tour, Miley went crazy. She started posing nude, she was humping inflatable toys on stage, and then there was the entirety of the Wrecking Ball music video. Essentially, she was doing things that someone wearing a purity ring would never dream of doing. Though we aren’t sure for certain, it’s pretty safe to say that Miley is no longer holding true to her purity ring. It’s hard to believe someone saving themselves for marriage would do as many insane things as Miley.
2 Tim Tebow — Still Waiting
Former fourth-quarter miracle quarterback Tim Tebow is an evangelical Christian. For those that don’t know, evangelical Christians are some of the most devout Christians in North America. They have a pretty strict set of things that they can and can’t do. Some people find their beliefs unusual, but that never stopped Tim Tebow about being open about his religion. We’ve all seen Tebow pray during football games — it even became a meme. But, what many don’t know, is that Tim Tebow is a virgin.
At 30 years old, Tebow has continued to wait for the right woman to come along. He’s had a few beautiful women interested in him over the years, but he still hasn’t found the one he wants to spend the rest of his life with. For a time, Tebow was dating Olivia Culpo who he was apparently crazy about. However, Culpo decided to break it off with Tebow after finding out he was adamant about saving himself until marriage. For some people, that’s a deal breaker!
1 Jordin Sparks — Couldn’t Wait
Jordin Sparks has had somewhat of a rollercoaster ride with abstinence. The season-six winner of American Idol vowed to wait until she got married to do the deed for the first time, and even wore a promise ring for years. That all came to an end when she thought she met "the one" with Jason DeRulo and decided to get intimate. Like most relationships, it didn’t work out and Sparks was left heartbroken. The whole world knew that her and DeRulo were intimate, too. An interviewer asked Sparks if she was still wearing her purity ring, to which Sparks gave a quick head shake to say "no."
In 2017, Sparks announced via Instagram that she was going to once again, practise abstinence. The photo was of Sparks, without makeup, holding a book titled Chastened: The Unexpected Story of My Year Without Sex. In the caption, Sparks asked her followers if they’ve ever been celibate and if they are now. Sparks didn’t have to wait long, though. In late 2017, she had a secret wedding with her boy toy.