AceShowbiz - Brooke Shields says she shouldn't have told the world she was a virgin. Years after revealing in a 1985 book when she was 20 that she had not yet had sexual intercourse and became the "most famous virgin in the world," the 57-year-old model now wishes she hadn't said anything because the comment "never left her alone."
"In it, there was one part of a chapter where I discuss - not abstinence per se - but owning your choice. 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," she said.
"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.' "
However, the "Blue Lagoon" actress - who has daughters Rowan, 19, and Grier, 16, with husband Chris Henchy and was previously married to tennis player Andre Agassi - went on to explain that the media attention she received on the back of the comment gave her an air of "resilience" which set her up for a life in such a "difficult" industry.
Speaking on her 'Now What? with Brooke Shields" podcast, she added, "I became the most famous virgin in the world. 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!"