Russell Wilson and Ciara Aren’t the Only Ones Practicing Abstinence

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There have always been an expected handful of young celebrities claiming to save sex for marriage. Their abstinence typically backs up a squeaky-clean child-star image, or expresses their faith: Kirk Cameron, Jessica Simpson, Justin Timberlake, Selena Gomez, Miley Cyrus, the Jonas Brothers, Lolo Jones, Tim Tebow.

But the public face of abstinence is changing. It’s no longer just teens from super-Christian homes or the ones we fear will ditch their promise rings any day now. Take the case of Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and hip-hop singer Ciara.

Wilson, 26 years old and a practicing Christian, ended his marriage to his high school sweetheart two years ago. Ciara—known for songs such as “Goodies,” “1-2 Step,” and, most recently, “Dance Like We’re Making Love”—has dated a string of rappers and has a young son. Because both of them are attractive, famous adults who have been in sexual relationships in the past, many would assume they’d inevitably sleep together. It’s the 21st century, and that’s what hot people do. But at Wilson’s request, they chose not to.

The couple first made headlines this summer when Wilsonspoke at a church event about their decision not to have sex while dating. Wilson, who came to Christ as a teen, has been clear about God’s role in prompting his decision:

God spoke to me and said “I need you to lead her”… and so I told her right then and there, what would you do if we took all that extra stuff off the table, and did it Jesus’ way? For me, I knew that God had brought me into her life to bless her, and for her to bless me.

Though Ciara, 29, identified as a Christian in an interview in August, she has been far less outspoken about her faith (and almost silent about it before she met Wilson). On a late night show on Bravo, she recently explained their abstinence without mentioning God at all. “It allows us to create a foundation and a friendship with each other.” When asked when they’ll finally have sex, she told host Andy Cohen, “You’ll have to ask him.”

People aren’t sure whether to applaud the celebrity couple’s restraint or question it. Cohen said to Ciara, “Good for you.” The guest appearing alongside her, Joy Behar, asked whether she was lying, then whether Wilson was gay.


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SOURCE: Christianity Today
Kate Shellnutt