In 2016, singing star Ciara married NFL quarterback Russell Wilson in a lavish ceremony at Peckforton Castle in Cheshire, England, four months after getting engaged. The idyllic weekend-long celebration could have been ripped straight out of a storybook.
But the lead up to the big day wasn't as easy as it may have looked. Ciara and Wilson made the personal choice to abstain from sex until they said "I do," and in a new interview with InStyle she explains, "That took a lot of prayer. It was hard. I can't lie."
"If you want to get somewhere in life, you’ve got to have a compass. You’ve got to know where you really want to get to. And my heart, soul, spirit, and mind just desired to be loved. To be truly loved the right way,” she adds.
Ciara has previously talked about their decision to abstain while dating. "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," she said. "Knowing that you'll always have the friendship and that you can always go back to it is very important, and very powerful."
And it all seems to be working out. The couple now have a two-year-old daughter, Sierra Princess Wilson, in addition to Ciara's son from her previous relationship with rapper Future.
“He’s my sounding board for pretty much everything I do in my life,” she told InStyle about Wilson. “He doesn’t want to see me fail. He’s got my back. That’s an awesome feeling.”
They aren't the only famous couple who have discussed abstaining from sex before marriage. Recently, Justin and Hailey Bieber revealed their decision to wait to have sex.