Brooke Shields doesn’t regret any of her past — but she may reconsider publicly revealing that she was a virgin.
On Tuesday’s episode of the iHeart podcast, And now what? With Brooke Shieldsthe veteran actress and model responded to friend Ali Wentworth’s question about whether Shields made a lot of “bad choices” as a youngster.
“I mean, I think, in retrospect, it was a little bit of a mistake to be so open about my virginity because she never left me alone,” Shields said.
She said the issue was mentioned in a 1985 book that, although credited to her, was actually written by someone else. On your own is a how-to book for college-age women, published while Shields herself attended Princeton University. The Beautiful baby The star said she had written an in-depth first chapter, but the publisher didn’t want it.
“They wanted a simple, stupid book,” Shields said. “Like ‘I like leg warmers’.”
Shields got involved with her sex life because she wanted to help others.
“In it, there was a part of a chapter where I discuss — not abstinence per se — but owning your choice,” he said. “I would get a lot of fan mail from guys saying, ‘Oh, my boyfriend is pushing me and I don’t want to have sex. What should I do? My narrative was, ‘You don’t have to do anything. I do not want”.
She recalled that it was “pretty creepy” that she then had to go on talk shows and talk to older men about it.
“I became the most famous virgin in the world,” she said. “Being in the line of fire at such a young age like that has given me a resilience and made me ready for anything in this industry that can be difficult.”
Shields also regrets that she waited to have sex for the first time when she finally did just that with her Princeton boyfriend, Dean Cain, at 22.
“I have regrets around me [waiting]because there was a sense of joy and freedom that I should have been able to feel in a relationship that was so beautiful and so beautiful and sweet,” Shields said.
In November 2014, Shields noted in an interview with People that she had actually included a chapter about being a virgin in an earlier book credited to her, in 1975 Brooke’s book. It was the brainchild of her late mother/manager Terri, with whom Shields has long said she had a complicated relationship, largely due to Terri’s alcoholism.
Later on Shields’ new podcast episode, during a game of Never Have I Ever, Shields was asked if she’d ever caught an ex cheating.
“I didn’t fall for an ex cheating, but I was dating an actor,” Shields said. “He said he had to go to Los Angeles, because his house was flooded. And three days later when I called him — we were engaged — and three days later when I called him, a girl answered the phone. And then the Questioner he called me and said he had been seen in a restaurant with another actress.”
While Shields declined to name the actor, she wrote in another book, in 2014 There was a little girlthat ex-fiancé Liam Neeson had used the excuse that the house had flooded when he left her while they were celebrating Christmas together.