In her talk show "Kocktails with Khloe," reality star Khloe Kardashian said singer Ciara Harris and her boyfriend, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, both Christians who have taken a vow of celibacy until marriage, "should be having sex," and questioned their motives behind going public about their decision.
"They should be having sex. With all due respect to Ciara, she has a baby. It's not like we don't know if she is a virgin or not," said the 31-year-old "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" star on her latest episode, according to the Life&Style Magazine.
"None of us would know about it if they weren't publicly telling us that they are practicing celibacy, so who are you trying to prove this to? Is it a look?" Kardashian asked.
After receiving criticism, Kardashian sought to defend her comments. "It's so frustrating how people misconstrue my words. I love & adore Ciara! I respect on so many levels. Was freely discussing my views on celibacy & people twist & turn everything 2 create a feud," she said on Twitter.
She also claimed being misquoted. "People are watching an edited version and not from the show. That's the issue," she wrote.
Honoring the vow is not easy, Ciara earlier said. "We're hanging in there. I'm not gonna lie," she told Cosmopolitan magazine last month. "I'm human, so it is not easy, especially when I look at him and I think he is the most beautiful thing I've ever seen — that I've ever laid my eyes on, to be honest. I'm like, Look the other way!"
While it's not easy, the vow of abstinence before marriage has helped, she added. "He's such an awesome guy and the cool thing is that every day, we're growing with each other. We get to have really healthy conversations and focus on each other as people. That is very important to me and him. It's very valuable."
The singer also said that prayer has helped them. "We're just enjoying ourselves and going one day at a time and praying and staying positive," she said. "Being strong here."
Ciara has also said she is happy it has sparked a healthy public dialogue.
"I run into different people and they'll talk to me about their journey and their relationships, so I think that's been really cool and it's a healthy thing," she told E! News last November. "It's a healthy conversation we all get to have as adults. I'm not sweating it at all."
Wilson revealed they have taken a vow of celibacy during a public conversation at The Rock Church in San Diego, California, last July. They began dating last April.
"I asked her 'What would you do if we took all that other stuff off the table and did it Jesus' way, no sex? ... I knew God had brought me into her life to bless her and for her to bless me, and to bless so many people with the impact that she has and I have," Wilson told Pastor Miles McPherson and his congregation. "We're not going to be perfect, by any means. But He's anointed both of us and He's calling for us to do something special."