Brooke Shields believes if she’d been more comfortable with her body as a young woman, she would have lost her virginity much sooner.
In a new interview with Health Magazine, the actress who shocked audiences with her risque role in the 1980 film Blue Lagoon reveals that insecurity forced her to hold onto her virginity until her early 20s.
“Not learning to love the way I looked earlier. And I think I would have had sex a lot earlier,” she laughed. “I think I would have lost my virginity earlier than I did at 22. I had the public and all this pressure, and I wish I had just gotten it over with in the beginning when it was sort of OK. I think I would have been much more in touch with myself. I think I wouldn’t have had issues with weight â€” I carried this protective 20 pounds [in college]. It was all connected. And to me, that’s a health regret.”
Brooke’s second marriage to hubby Chris Henchy — with whom she has two daughters — has given the former model an interesting prospective on the secret to maintaining wedded bliss.
“Without love, I don’t think it’s possible, but it’s not the only thing. Love without communication means nothing. Love with completely different views on how you want to raise children? Doesn’t work.”
She continues, “Love can produce the children, but it has nothing to do with the raising of the children. I grew up thinking, oh, that’s it. All I have to do is fall in love. You may think love will change everything, but it really is different with children. Children don’t necessarily bring you together, they challenge you.”
Brooke annulled her marriage to tennis pro Andrew Agassi in 1999.