Celebrities Who Got Candid About Practicing Celibacy

Sarah Kester
Nick Cannon and Bri and their baby
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Hollywood is one of the most sex-crazed places around. 

There are beautiful celebrities who have fans falling at their feet and explicit scenes in movies and TV shows, like Too Hot to Handle and House of the Dragon.

And yet, you’ll be surprised that some celebrities are actually abstaining from sex. Whether it’s personal reasons or religion-based, celebs get candid about practicing celibacy here. 

Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker

Kourtney and Travis at dinner
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Practicing celibacy is not an everyday occurrence for the recently married couple. Anyone who watches The Kardashians on Hulu knows that they love to be affectionate with each other. They have even been trying for a baby together.

That’s precisely why they performed a “sex fast” so they could have a better chance at conceiving. 

Travis and Kourtney kissing
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"Oh, my God, it was crazy,” the reality star told Bustle in March 2022 about their sex fast. “But it actually made everything better.”

Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber and Hailey walking
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While most guys hook up with a lot of women after a breakup, the “Peaches” singer did just the opposite.

He did “a self-imposed tenure of celibacy” while broken up with his now-wife, Hailey Bieber. 

“I wanted to rededicate myself to God in that way because I really felt it was better for the condition of my soul,” he told Vogue

Jordin Sparks

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"I don’t want to give away bits of my soul to lots of different guys," the singer said in an interview. "I want to give all of myself to the right man on the right night. And the right night is my wedding."

Andrew Garfield 

Andrew Garfield smiling at award show
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Some actors will do whatever it takes to prepare for a role — including abstaining from sex. 

Garfield took a break for six months while preparing for the role as a priest in for the 2016 Martin Scorsese movie Silence. 

He also did a lot of food fasting at this time.

Andrew Garfield fanning himself
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“It was very cool, man. I had some pretty wild, trippy experiences from starving myself of sex and food at that time,” he said on the "WTF With Marc Maron" podcast.

Julianne Hough

Although the actress abstained from sex with her ex-husband, Brooks Laich, that doesn't mean that they didn't do other stuff. She admitted to having steamy phone sex sessions.

As a whole, though, she said that remaining celibate "strengthens" relationships.

Terry Crews

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After pornography almost ruined his marriage to Rebecca King-Crews, the America’s Got Talent host was willing to do whatever it took to repair the damage.

This ended up being a 90-day sex fast. Instead of being horrible, he called it the “best thing we had ever done.”

Colton Underwood

He was given the name the "Virgin Bachelor," but Colton eventually came to accept the reason he had waited so long to have sex. "The truth is I was a virgin Bachelor because I was gay, and I didn't know how to handle it," he told Good Morning America in 2021.

Jessica Simpson

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"Virginity can be cool and sexy," the star said in an interview with People in 2000. She famously waited to have sex until she was married to Nick Lachey. “My virginity is something I stand strong in,” she added at the time.

Ciara and Russell Wilson

Ciara and Russell Wilson
Giphy | The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Jesus was at the root of the couple’s decision to stay celibate until marriage. 

“I asked her, ‘What would you do if we took all that other stuff off the table and did it Jesus’ way, no sex?'” The football player said during an interview at The Rock Church in July 2015. 

Kevin Jonas

The singer, along with his brothers Nick and Joe, famously wore "purity rings" for some time. This was to show their devotion to remaining celibate until marriage.

Although Nick and Joe removed theirs while dating, Kevin kept his ring on until he married his wife, Danielle Jonas.

Nick Cannon

Nick Cannon and Bri and their baby
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Believe it or not, Nick Cannon has been celibate before. The father of eight, soon-to-be nine children said in an interview that his therapist encouraged him to abstain from sex after learning about his eighth child with model Bre Tiesi.

That wasn't the first time he was celibate.

Nick Cannon tilting his head
Giphy | Nick Cannon

Back when he was engaged to Mariah Carey, they decided to wait until they were married to have sex. “We both have similar beliefs, and I just thought that it would be so much more special if we waited until after we were married," she told Daily Mirror in 2008.

Hilary Duff

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When the How I Met Your Father star was dating Joel Madden, an older male, people assumed that they were having sex. But Hilary debunked this in a 2006 interview with Elle, saying, "[Virginity] is definitely something I like about myself."