Ciara is admitting that, when it came to holding off on sex until she was married to Russell Wilson, self-control just didn’t cut it!
The 33-year-old native Texan covers the latest issue of InStyle magazine, and in the sit-down interview, she discussed the immediate connection she and the NFL quarterback had upon meeting -- and the challenge it presented.
“We both knew,” she says, remembering their first date in 2015. “We both had that light-bulb moment.”
However, the couple take their faith seriously and wanted to wait until marriage before consummating their love, which Ciara half-jokingly admitted was no easy task.
“That took a lot of prayer,” the singer tells the magazine. “It was hard. I can’t lie.”
During the interview, the songstress also opened up about her workout since managing to get her waistline back to where it was before her 1-year-old daughter with Wilson, Sienna Princess Wilson, arrived.
“I would wake up in the morning, breastfeed, eat a small meal, go train, come back home, pump, eat a small meal, breastfeed, eat lunch, and then go train again,” she explains. “I truly believe that self-love is key,” she says. “And my definition of self-love is taking care of myself.”
Regarding Wilson and Ciara’s abstinence pledge, this definitely isn’t the first time the couple has discussed the decision. Soon after Wilson began dating the “Level Up” singer, he sat down for an interview with with Pastor Miles McPherson of The Rock Church in San Diego where he openly discussed choosing to wait until marriage.
"I met this girl named Ciara, who is the most beautiful woman in the world. She's the most kind person, the most engaging person,” he gushed at the time, later adding of their decision, "I knew that God had brought me into her life to bless her and for her to bless me, and to bless so many people with the impact that she has, that I have," he said. "Nobody's perfect, but he's anointed us to do something miraculous, something special."
However, after saying “I do” at Peckforton Castle in Cheshire, England, in 2016, the couple proudly shared that they plan to celebrate their love in the bedroom.
Wilson responded, "From what we did last night, I'm gonna do it multiple times."
In 2017, Ciara discussed the profound benefits of their celibacy pledge with Cosmopolitan South Africa, telling fans, "You shouldn't feel like you have to give your body away to get someone to like you."
"I really believe that when you focus on a friendship, you have the opportunity to build a strong foundation for a relationship -- and once you know you're really great friends and you're what we call 'equally yoked,' where you share the same values or the same outlook on life, it kind of sets the tone," she added. "Knowing that you'll always have the friendship and that you can always go back to it is very important, and very powerful."
And her abstinence with Wilson isn’t the only time in which Ciara has turned to the power of prayer in order to get through a difficult time. She also shared with InStyle that her faith played an important role after she parted ways with Future, the father of her son, Future Zahir Wilburn, in 2014. She told the magazine that prayer helped her in “getting [herself] right.”
“If you want to get somewhere in life, you’ve got to have a compass. You’ve got to know where you really want to get to. And my heart, soul, spirit, and mind just desired to be loved. To be truly loved the right way,” she explains. “I knew I didn’t want to cry tears of hurt anymore. I didn’t want to keep going around in circles.”
As for her marriage with Wilson, she says, “He’s my sounding board for pretty much everything I do in my life. He doesn’t want to see me fail. He’s got my back. That’s an awesome feeling.”
Ciara's InStyle issue will be on sale March 22.
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