Ciara on decision to abstain from sex before marriage

18 January 2017
The singer gives credit to her husband.
You've probably heard that Ciara and her husband Russell Wilson didn't have sex until they got married.

The lovebirds, who are expecting their first together, made this decision together.

In an interview with South Africa's Cosmopolitan magazine, the singer opened up about why they decided to take that path.

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"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.

"Knowing that you'll always have the friendship and that you can always go back to it is very important, and very powerful."

She said she and Russell had a conversation about intimacy, and gave credit to her husband for sharing those views.  "It's awesome how it all worked out."

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She also told the mag: "We women think with our hearts and with our minds. When we see a guy, we envision what he's like and whether this could be something special. Guys see us from an exterior point of view—that's something I learnt along the way as a woman."