Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson revealed this past weekend that he and his girlfriend, singer Ciara, aren't having sex.
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has said it: He and his girlfriend Ciara aren't having sex.
Wilson, a born-again Christian, made the revelation to ESPN at the Rock Church in San Diego on July 8:
"I said to her, and she completely agreed: 'Could we love each other without that? If you can really love somebody without that, then you can really love somebody.
"For me, I knew that 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 he has, that I have. We're not gonna be perfect, by any means.
"Life's not perfect. Nobody's perfect, but he's anointed both of us, and I know that he's calling for us to do something miraculous, something special."
Wilson told ESPN God asked him to lead Ciara to him:
"And so I'll never forget: She was on tour, she was traveling, and I was looking at her in the mirror. I was sitting in the dressing room, and she was getting ready to go, about 15 minutes before she went on stage.
"And she was sitting there, and God spoke to me and said, 'I need you to lead her. And I was like, 'Really? Right now?'
"He goes, 'I want you and need you to lead her.'
"So I told her right then and there, what would you do if we took all that extra stuff off the table and just did it Jesus' way?
"She's everything you could ever want, honestly. Funny thing is, I told somebody that that's the girl I wanted to be with before I ever met her. I told somebody, 'I'm probably going to end up with Ciara."
Chicago sports radio host Dan Bernstein hinted during his show on WSCR 670 (via Yahoo! Sports' Eric Edholm) on Wednesday that Wilson might be gay. Edholm stresses a listener's comment about God possibly telling Wilson to abstain from sex in his first marriage prompted Bernstein to discuss the quarterback's sexuality.
Bernstein spoke his mind without saying Wilson is gay, per Edholm:
"If you start to piece this all together, I think you come away with a pretty easy-to-reach conclusion here. The whole thing. Don't you? Don't you just wish he could feel comfortable enough to be a little more truthful with all of it?
"I don't think you're quite getting what I am getting at. Put the pieces together. The whole Russell Wilson thing -- all of the artifice here. Everything that's going on. All the strangeness.
"All of the stuff with the first wife, and the discomfort there...and this isn't a new pattern.
"And I understand there were times past where you felt you had to live a lie. This isn't that this time. This is quite the opposite of that; you don't have to live a lie. This isn't that time. This is quite the opposite of that; you don't have to live a lie. You don't have to be artificial.
"My point is this: With every day that goes by, we live in a world that is much more understanding and much more supportive and would just say, 'OK, that's cool and get on with the football.'
"I don't think this one is too tough. Based on the evidence presented. Do you have enough for Tom Cruise?"
Wilson announced on April 24, 2014 that he is filing for divorce from his wife Ashton. They had been married for two years. Wilson issued a statement obtained by TerezOwens.com back then which does not go into detail:
"Clearly, decisions like these don't come easy. Ashton and I respectfully ask for prayers, understanding and privacy during this difficult time. Moving forward, I will have no further comment on this personal matter."
Wilson and Ciara have been dating since April 2015, per the ESPN update.
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