Although sex is glamorized in Hollywood, some entertainers have admitted to being celibate for spiritual reasons, with more and more women having no qualms about confessing where they stand on the issue.
Popular singer and actress Teyana Taylor had the web abuzz recently when she posted several comments on her Twitter account indicating that her boyfriend, NBA player Brandon Jennings, had dumped her because she plans to remain a virgin until she is married.
Just a day after posting on her Twitter account that she was "so in love," Taylor later revealed to followers online that her romance with Jennings was no more.
"I guess being a virgin these days is not it because a [expletive] just got dumped ... but I will never stop respecting myself and what I'm worth," the 21-year-old wrote.
Taylor recently reaffirmed that her virginity was intact during an interview with Power 105.1. When asked if she was still a virgin, Taylor admitted that she was still waiting until marriage to have sex despite people's opinions on the matter.
"Yes I am (a virgin). I'm not ashamed of that," Taylor said. "I don't have to prove anything to anybody on earth, I have to prove something to God. Everything here is temporary."
In a previous interview with EgyptSaidSo.com, Taylor shared that she held a Bible study at her home church in Harlem. The entertainer spoke about the importance of teaching abstinence in the class.
"I actually teach the class because I want them to know it's okay to praise God and keep your legs closed," she said. "I'm just trying to be a good example right now. I want to be a good example. I'm a lady and I think people respect that."
Taylor is not the only celebrity who has been vocal about abstaining from sex recently. Actress Meagan Good spoke to Sister 2 Sister magazine about the importance of waiting before giving herself to anyone physically.
"I met someone special, but you know what? I'm so in love with God right now," said 30-year-old Good told S2S. "I'm focused on being married to God. I'm celibate."
Dr. Kenneth Ryan, Christian author of Finding Your Prince in a Sea of Toads: How to Find a Quality Guy Without Getting Your Heart Shredded, said sex is nothing more than a temporary relief for people who choose to take part in the act before marriage.
"When a girl wants to extinguish pain in her life, sex works – temporarily. For a short period of time, she is adored and admired by the guys in the group since she is delivering the goods they want," Ryan told The Christian Post in a previous interview. "Much of our entertainment has reduced sex to a meaningless recreational pastime with no more affect on a woman than going to a movie."
Jessica White, a model and actress who has appeared in Harper's Bazaar, Sports Illustrated and CoverGirl, agreed with Ryan's sentiments. She spoke about the importance of waiting for a man to love her the way God does.
"When you really see how much God loves you there's no greater love than that and I had to match that amount of love He had for me, which is the reason why I decided to take a vow of celibacy," the actress told blogger Lauren Turner in an interview last summer. "I'm not saying I'm always going to be celibate, I'm just saying that until there is someone that is worthy of my love and a reflection of the way God loves me then I'm not doing it."
The 27-year-old model said women should know the power of being celibate.
"I'm basically saying this to give women the strength to understand that we do connect physically too soon at times and it isn't worth it," White told Turner. "Make the man wait and if he's worth it then he will wait for you."