Depending on where you live, in 2016 it seems pretty unbelievable that anyone is still waiting for marriage in order to get it on - but not only is it fully a reality in the United States, some of your favorite celebrities are up to it (or... to be more accurate, not up to much of anything).
When it comes to celebs waiting for marriage, you have to forgive us for being a little doubtful. The thing is, when it comes to intimacy it is oh-so-easy for you to say there's nothing up when there really is. While there is always something to be said for taking people at their word, as rational adults we know it's much easier said than done. Thank the heavens that short of having someone walking in on you full monty, there are not many ways for people to know your intimate life is or is not true - we also know that there are some issues of fame that might make it a little more difficult to admit you're free and casual about sex.
Part of the fascination with celebrities who remains celibate has a lot to do with the fact that quite a few of them are a certain percentage hotter than we are. So, deep down we kinda believe that if we looked as good as some of these famous people we wouldn't be making up reasons to be sleeping alone at night. Sure, we kinda sorta barely admire celebrities who stick by their belief systems, but we also think the whole thing is a bit of a fraud.
Unverifiable and often a little ideologically dicey, this list is about fifteen celebrities who claim to have waited or be waiting for marriage in order to get it on.
15 Jessica Simpson
While Jessica Simpson's "mainstream moment" seems to have long past, she still has a pretty loyal following in the more conservative sectors. Unlike Taylor Swift and some other country stars who forever transitioned to all-out pop music at the first opportunity, Jessica Simpson has always stayed pretty close to her country and conservative roots. Back in the early 2000s when most of us were still in middle or high school, Jessica Simpson was kinda a big deal. She was a country star, to be sure, but with her blonde bombshell looks she managed to cross-over into popular success on most music channels. She infamously was one of the most instrumental figures in the early days of celebrity reality TV when she and her recent husband, Nick Lachey of 98 degrees, had a show about their recent marriage called The Newlyweds. Most infamous for its "chicken of the sea" moment of stupidity, the show was also about the fact that as an old-school "wait until marriage" kind of girl Jessica Simpson was a southern girl experiencing ALL of life for the first time.
While we don't want to be the ones to judge, we do think it's a bit of a double standard that a lot of fans are not okay with premarital sex but completely down for divorce. After divorcing Nick in 2006 after just four years of marriage, Jessica remarried in 2014 to former football player Eric Johnson.
14 Terrence Howard
So guys, this list is going to have a lot of shady morals in spite of the fact it is about celebs not down for getting down and dirty with someone other than their spouse. Terrence Howard, Oscar nominated actor and now star of Empire, is really totally and completely forever against premarital sex. As he said all the way back in 2007 (already almost ten years ago), "I don't believe in premarital sex. It enabled me to date three or four women at the same time, because as long as I wasn't having sex with them, I could always just walk away." Already alarms are probably ringing in your head, and you'd be right about that. Howard has been married three times (so far) so while we believe he might be not down for getting it on before getting married, he doesn't seem to have a problem rushing to tie the knot in order to get in the way of getting down.
13 Lenny Kravitz
Okay, so Lenny Kravitz clearly doesn't have a ring on his finger and has still clearly got it on with many women -- okay he's potentially got it on with literally hundreds of women. But, sweet, poor innocent Lenny has had a change of heart. After decades of sleeping around back in his heartthrob days, Lenny has decided to wait until he gets married to have sex again. In a 2008 interview with Maxim magazine, Lenny came clean saying, "It’s just a promise I made until I get married. Where I’m at in life, the women have to come with something else; not just the body but the mind and spirit. It usually trips them out but that’s the way it’s going to be." While he has apparently struggled a lot with this choice we gotta give him some credit, he does seem to be looking for an actual real spiritual connection.
12 Selena Gomez
While the angelic Selena Gomez apparently gave up her vow of celibacy for ex-boyfriend and enfant terrible, Justin Bieber since she was apparently pressured into a premarital sexual affair she maybe wasn't totally down for, she has returned to her original beliefs and is a self-proclaimed born-again virgin. We gotta know that some of her biggest fans are absolutely devastated by this revelation - we're not even sure who will be more upset, her evangelical fanbase or the teen boys who think Gomez is insanely hot but find Justin Bieber repulsive. While we're not sure what entirely to think about what it might actually mean to be a born-again-virgin, unlike some other people on this list Selena Gomez has always come across as a sincere and honest celebrity. Compared to some of her peers who leave nothing to the imagination, it doesn't seem like Selena really has much to gain by keeping up a charade of not being down for premarital sex and we gotta respect that.
11 Leelee Sobieski
Leelee Sobieski may have fallen out of the news in recent years... okay decades but she was a really hot thing in the late 1990s and early 200s with films like Never Been Kissed and Eyes Wide Shut. Despite being a really hot thing when we were still in high school, Leelee had some really important morals that she stood by and was pretty shockingly a virgin until she was 26 years old and got married. She said of the reason for waiting, "I guess 26 is kind of old to lose your virginity, but it was important to me that I remained a virgin until after I was married… it wasn’t for any religious reasons or anything like that, but simply because, to me, my virginity was the most precious gift that I could ever give to a man, and I wanted to be sure I was giving it to the right man."
10 Tim Tebow
Everyone's favourite future greatest quarterback who totally didn't and never will live up to his potential Tim Tebow is (unsurprisingly) just the kind of guy who is waiting to get married in order to get it on. With even fewer mental connections going on than Ryan Lochte, Tim Tebow is far from the brightest tool in the shed. As a born-again christian who takes his vows very seriously, Tim Tebow has an iron will when it comes to not getting too deep into heavy petting. Reportedly his chastity led to the end of his relationship with ultra-hot Miss Universe, Olivia Culpa, who couldn't stand not getting it on. According to NYMag, "She had to break up with him because she just couldn't handle it."
9 Adriana Lima
Forgive us for saying it but Adriana Lima is one of the top five hottest women in the world. This Brazilian beauty is unfathomably beautiful, we're not even sure if the greatest sculptors in the world tasked for a decade to sculpt the most beautiful women could achieve her level of showstopping beauty. In spite of being one of the hottest people in the world, though, Adriana did not let that pressure her into unwanted sex. With strong Catholic beliefs Adriana didn't even consider sex before marriage an option and by all accounts, until she got married in 2009 at twenty-eight years old she was a virgin. Honestly, this should make all late bloomers feel a little better about their situation.
8 Kevin Jonas
Way before One Direction captured the hearts and affection of teenage girls, there were the Jonas Brothers. A clean-cut boy group of floppy-haired brothers who wore purity rings and were waiting around for the perfect girl (i.e. wife) to share the precious moment of loss innocence with, the Jonas bros were every teen girl's mum's idea of the perfect group of boys. Among them the first to get married and ironically (probably) have s*x was Kevin Jonas. If we are to believe what he has to say, he was twenty-two when he finally lost his virginity to his wife Danielle. Pretty infamously, in the aftermath of their marriage, Kevin got in a bit of controversy after the fact because he didn't really get the big deal. In a press conference not too long after his marriage he was quoted as saying, “After we did it, I was kind of like, that’s it?” Are we wrong to think maybe he wasn't doing it right?
Another born-again-virgin, Ciara may have had s*x before but not when she entered a relationship with football player Russell Wilson. After rough relationships and a greater commitment to spirituality, both Ciara and Wilson had decided to remain celibate to build a strong foundational romance. As of late 2015 the pair had been dating for almost two years but still hadn't got it on. Honestly, considering neither of them are virgins and they are clearly committed to each other we're not so sure what's holding up their s*x train - but whatever floats their boat?
6 Hilary Duff
One of the child-stars of our youth, while we may have had a crush on Hilary Duff in middle school we were never totally comfortable with her super sexy persona. While there have been rumours since her child-star days that she didn't keep as squeaky clean as she claims, Duff was once adamant about waiting to get married in order to get it on. Back when she was dating Joel Madden of Good Charlotte, who was quite a bit older than she was, she said in an interview: "But (virginity) is definitely something I like about myself. It doesn't mean I haven't thought about sex, because everyone I know has had it and you want to fit in."Hilary did eventually get married to Mike Comrie, but they divorced not too long after. Apparently the whole experience left Duff jaded as she reportedly said, "I don't know if people are meant to be together forever."
5 Lisa Kudrow
Lisa Kudrow, most famous for her role as Phoebe on Friends, waited until marriage in order to lose her virginity. While some of the stars on this list did the same, many of them jumped on the first opportunity to get it on with someone hot and compatible - Kudrow was really committed and apparently was 31 years old when she lost her virginity to her husband. She apparently said, "I decided pretty early on that I should stay a virgin until I got married. My virginity was something I had decided was very precious, something that I owned, to give away. It was an honor I was bestowing on a young man, and he had to be worthy of it."
4 Taylor Lautner
We're not sure if teen girls are more or less happy to find out that their second favorite Twilight heartthrob is waiting for marriage. Taylor Lautner, who plays werewolf Jacob in the Twilight franchise (or so we're told, it's not like we've watched it and if we have it's only because of Netflix & chill... we promise), doesn't want to lose his virginity to anyone but his wife. All this news came out pretty ironically the same year the now older-than-teen heartthrob was named Sexiest Man Alive by Glamour. Considering he earned that title at the tender age of eighteen, we are kinda fuming that the title would be wasted on a kid who had no idea what to do with it.
3 Carrie Underwood
Carrie Underwood has been on our crush list since she first stepped on that American Idol stage years ago. Sure we're not really into country music, but Carrie can carry a tune and she sure is nice to look at. Unfortunately for us, she's cut any hope for an imagined fling dead in the water. While pretty par for course for a musician appealing to more Christian audiences, we kinda believe that Carrie Underwood was totally on the level when she said she was waiting for the right man. In 2010 Underwood married her long-time beau, Canadian hockey player Mike Fisher. The pair have a child together so we're going to presume she's no longer a member of the lonely "V" club.
2 Tina Fey
Tina Fey may not be the same kind of show-stopping hottie as some of these "wait until marriage" girls. But, we have honestly always had a crush on her. She's cute, she's funny and we know she's gotta be fun. Perhaps the lone ranger in this entire scenario who was not necessarily a virgin by choice, Tina Fey still jokes about the fact she couldn't "give" her virginity away. At twenty-four years old Fey got married and lost her virginity to her still-husband, Jeff Richmond. The fact that the pair has been married since 2001 kinda gives us a whole bunch of hope about love and s*x. It's honestly kinda adorable and since Tina was still over a decade away from being famous, we honestly don't think she has any reason to make it up and we love that she has a sense of humor about it!
1 Mariah Carey
This one is a big shocker. Not just that Mariah Carey was reportedly a virgin when she wed for the first time in 1993 to music executive Tommy Mottola. Though they divorced, Carey remained firm on this 'no s*x until marriage point': with partner after partner after partner. While rumors swirled that Carey's engagement to James Packer was broken up because she cheated on him, the fact is, most other people she's been with claim she made them wait. Her second marriage to Nick Cannon was much of the same, and the diva-singer was very strict about keeping s*x for married life only. The private and ostentatious Carey hasn't gone into too much detail about why this is, but given so many guys have come forward to say this is nothing but the gospel truth we're inclined to believe it.