IT’S A practice we associate more with monks than movie stars – yet Orlando Bloom isn’t alone in abstaining from sex.
From Mariah Carey to rap royalty Nicki Minaj, dozens of celebs have undertaken vows of celibacy at certain moments in their lives – although some have lasted longer than others.
Incredibly, Bloom, 43, did not have sex with anyone or even masturbate so that he could “figure” out his life and be more open to another serious relationship.
The Lord of the Rings actor maintained his abstinence for six months.
So how long did other celebrities last?
How long? Two years.
What happened? Bloom’s ex-wife – and mother to the couple’s now nine-year-old son Flynn – Miranda Kerr, now 36, also embraced celibacy after meeting billionaire Snapchat founder Evan Spiegel in 2015.
The Victoria’s Secret model split with Bloom after three years of marriage in 2013 before taking up with Spiegel, and subsequently revealed that the pair would not consummate their relationship until she had a ring on her finger because of her fiance’s old-fashioned views.
“Not until after we’re married,” she said in one interview. “Spiegel is very traditional. We can’t… I mean we’re just… waiting.”
How long? Two months.
What happened? In 2008 singing superstar Mariah Carey revealed she had employed a no-sex-before-marriage decree ahead of her union with American rapper and comedian Nick Cannon, claiming that sex would be ‘more special’ if they waited until it was official.
“It’s not that we had no intimacy,” she explained to the Mirror. “We just didn’t have complete intimacy. It’s just me, and my feelings.
“But we both have similar beliefs, and I just thought that it would be so much more special if we waited until we were married. And it was, and it still is.”
They didn’t have to wait long: Carey and Cannon were spliced two months after they first met.
They divorced eight years later – and Mariah’s clampdown on pre-marital sex is even claimed to have contributed to her 2016 split from her subsequent beau, Australian mogul James Packer.
How long? 22 years (her age when she tied the knot).
What happened? Preacher’s daughter Jessica Simpson, now 39, famously declared that she would remain a virgin until her 2002 marriage to fellow singer Nick Lachey.
“Virginity can be cool and sexy,” she said in an interview.
And it seems it was worth the wait. Simpson later raved about their wedding night.
“It was the most amazing moment of my life,” she revealed to Blender. “I’m so lucky I didn’t lose my virginity in the back of a Jeep or something. Instead, I had this amazing, elaborate wedding and I topped it off with that.”
How long? Three years that we know of.
What happened? Kravitz may have dated no less than Madonna and Nicole Kidman in his time, but in 2008 he revealed in a magazine interview that he hadn’t slept with anyone for three years and was waiting for someone special.
“It’s just a promise I made until I get married. Where I’m at in life, the women have got 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,” he told Maxim.
“For some periods of time it’s easy, and then it’s really hard.”
But by 2011 he seemed to reverse his claims, saying the statement had “got blown way out of proportion”.
How long? Between one and two years.
What happened? The original Pop Princess vowed celibacy until marriage when she sprang to fame in 1998 aged 17.
It’s a promise she didn’t keep however, as five years later it was revealed she had slept with young love Justin Timberlake during their three-year relationship, which began in 1999.
Undeterred, in 2004 she pledged to embrace celibacy once more after a string of disastrous relationships and a shock 55-hour wedding to childhood friend Jason Alexander.
How long? About a year.
What happened? In 2010 Gaga revealed she was under a self-imposed sex ban and urged others to consider a similar stance.
“I can’t believe I’m saying this – don’t have sex. I’m single right now and I’ve chosen to be single because I don’t have the time to get to know anybody…” she told fans.
“So it’s OK not to have sex, it’s OK to get to know people. I’m celibate, celibacy’s fine.”
By 2011 she had taken up with American actor Taylor Kinney and, it’s assumed ‘got to know him’ more intimately.
How long? Unclear – but well-intentioned.
What happened? In 2015 a friend claimed that hellraiser Farrell, 44 had embraced celibacy after taking up Buddhism.
He had form. Six years earlier he had announced he was embracing a period of celibacy after splitting up with long-term girlfriend, British writer Emma Forrest.
How long? A year.
Before marrying husband Russell Wilson, the singer had made the commitment to stay celibate until they tied the knot.
Although she already had had a child with ex-boyfriend Future, the two stayed true to their celibacy pact – Russell later told Access Hollywood that it was a struggle for the two of them.
However, after the two got married in 2016, they joked about breaking their pact.
In an Instagram video, she tells her new husband: “So, baby, you know what we’re doing tonight.”
He responded by saying: “And what we did last night, I want to do multiple times.”
How long? A year.
Nicki hoped to stay celibate for a year – ironically at the same time that she was dating rapper Nas – because she was a “busy woman.”
She told Ellen DeGeneres during an interview about her choices: “I’m just chillin’ right now.
“I’m celibate. I wanted to go a year without dating any man. I hate men.”
No word on whether she broke her rules for him but she definitely did after getting married last year to Kenneth Petty.
How long? 23 years.
The Bachelor contestant stood out from the rest of the hopefuls during Peter Weber’s season for being a virgin.
This was something that followed her through the whole season as she was the runner-up for Peter’s heart but ultimately left when she found out he had spent time with some of the girls in the fantasy suite and when his mother asked her to not change her son.
Peter and Maddy ended up together even though she had made it very clear to him that she would wait until marriage.
It was reported that the producers made Maddy reveal she was a virgin as a way to make her stand out from the rest.
How long? 29 years.
Julianne Hough was very vocal about being celibate until she walked down the aisle from the very beginning of her career.
Although she was definitely not having sex, it didn’t mean she didn’t abstain from having phone sex with her now hubby Brooks Laich.
She told CosmoGIRL!: “I think [the choice] to have sex before marriage is an individual one, but if you’re just with one person, it’s only for one good reason, and [waiting to have sex] will strengthen that relationship.
“I’m not trying to preach consequences here, but I think when you say no, down the line it will be a better decision.”
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