'Most famous virgin in the world': Brooke Shields reveals she regrets being outspoken about her virginity
The 57-year-old 'Blue Lagoon' actress admitted that it was 'a mistake' for her to be so honest about being a virgin when she was younger
MANHATTAN, NEW YORK: In a recent interview, Brooke Shields, 57, expressed her remorse for being so outspoken about her virginity as a young woman. In a recent episode of her podcast titled 'Now What? with Brooke Shields', the former child star admitted that it was "a mistake" for her to be so open about her sex life or lack thereof. “I mean, I think it was, in hindsight, a bit of a mistake for me to be so open about my virginity because it never left me alone,” said the actress.
In fact, the contentious topic was given its own section in her 1985 book titled 'On Your Own', a handbook to self-care for children. Shields made it clear that she actually recruited ghostwriters to write the book after publishers rejected her initial chapter submission. “In it, there was one part of a chapter, where I discuss not abstinence, per se, but owning your choice,” she recalled. “I would get a lot of fan mail from kids saying, ‘Oh, my boyfriend’s pressuring me, and I don’t want to have sex. What do I do?’ My narrative was, ‘You don’t have to do anything you don’t want to,'" she said, according to the New York Post.
The 'Blue Lagoon' actress claimed that she was asked "creepy" interview questions and was quickly dubbed the "most famous virgin in the world," according to the New York Post. Shields' public character was questioned at a young age since she starred in several sexually explicit movies while still a teenager. In a daring 1980 Calvin Klein advertisement, the gorgeous 15-year-old was heard saying, "Do you know what comes between me and my Calvins? Nothing.”
The actress continued the topic by stating that her unpleasant early experiences in Hollywood helped her prepare for her profession. “To be in the line of fire at such a young age in that way — I gained a resilience, and it set me up to be ready for anything in this industry, which can be difficult,” she said.
Before shifting the topic to Shields losing her virginity to Dean Cain when she was 22 years old, Wentworth made fun of the wife and mother of two, "It begs the question, are you still a virgin?" The 'Endless Love' actress also has regret around "waiting" for sex "because there was a sense of joy and freedom that I should have been able to feel within a relationship that was so lovely and so beautiful and sweet."