Posts Tagged ‘virginity’

My, what a little revelation can do…

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

My goodness. It’s amazing how one small statement can seem like a really big deal.

During my interview with Brooke Shields for this month’s Health magazine, I asked her what we ask a lot of the cover stars: “What is your biggest health regret?” Her answer was surprising and insightful:

“Not learning to love the way I looked earlier. And I think I would have had sex a lot earlier! [Laughs.] 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—I carried this protective 20 pounds [in college]. It was all connected. And to me, that’s a health regret.”

More surprising than that, however? The swell of media that picked up on it and turned it into a huge swell of an admission! All the major mags and papers picked up on it. Some examples:


Us Weekly: Brooke Shields: “I Regret Losing My Virginity at 22”




 Page Six: “Brooke Shields Lost Virginity at 22”





HuffPoBrooke Shields: “I Lost My Virginity at 22”




PeopleBrooke Shields Regrets Not Losing Virginity Sooner




Fox News: Brooke Shields: I Would’ve Lost My Virginity Earlier



        Daily News: Actress and former model Brooke Shields reveals that she didn’t lose her virginity until she was 22


I’m glad it’s getting Health and Brooke’s causes the attention they deserve. And I appreciated how honest and forthright she was in the interview, as so many stars are gun-shy about just being themselves. But of course I hope this doesn’t end up being an “answer regret” for her going forward…

A Lunch with Brooke

Monday, May 25th, 2009

I had a great lunch with Brooke Shields last month. We met at Le Pain Quotidien in Brentwood in 100 degree weather, where I interviewed her for Health magazine. Somehow, we still both ordered bowls of soup. Go figure.

The result: June‘s Health cover story.

She had a lot to say about staying healthy, the best marriage advice she ever got—and the advice she thinks is just plain wrong. I must say, there’s some good stuff in there…

For one, Brooke talks about a skin cancer scare she had recently, which led to those Coppertone ads she’s been doing, holding up her own UV skin scan for NutraShield. (Brave woman.) And she also talks about her surprising health regret.

This is the second time I’ve interviewed her, and she’s a very open, honest and fun interview. She really makes you feel like she’s the headline of the story inside: “The Girlfriend Next Door.”

Check it out, peeps!