Open book! Ashley Graham keeps it real about her sex life

Steamy! Ashley Graham opened up exclusively to Us Weekly about how having sex with her husband, Justin Ervin, helps the couple stay on track.

“I’m not talking every day because that’s ridiculous,” the model, 31, told Us at an American Beauty Star screening on Thursday, January 17, of how often she and Ervin, 30, are intimate. “My husband and I don’t see each other very often, and when we are out of alignment, which with every couple, it happens, we have sex and we get back into alignment. We also communicate and we talk.”

She continued: “That works for us. It doesn’t work for everyone. Also, when we’re having a lot of sex, we’re all over each other. And when we’re not having a lot of sex, we are kind of like, ‘Ew, get away.’ So why not in those moments that are so precious to us and we don’t get to see each other very often, why not just have sex?”

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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 17: Justin Ervin and Ashley Graham attend an event for American Beauty Star Season 2 on January 17, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by ECP/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 04: Ashley Graham and Justin Ervin attend the Philadelphia 76ers vs Brooklyn Nets game at Barclays Center of Brooklyn on November 4, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 23: Ashley Graham and Justin Ervin arrive at the Domenico Dolce birthday party during Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2019 at Four Seasons Hotel on September 23, 2018 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Vincenzo Lombardo/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 5: Ashley Graham and her husband Justin Ervin attend the victories of Madison Keys of USA and Novak Djokovic of Serbia on day 10 of the 2018 tennis US Open on Arthur Ashe stadium at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 5, 2018 in Flushing Meadows, Queens, New York City. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 05: Justin Ervin and Ashley Graham at Day 10 of the US Open held at the USTA Tennis Center on September 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Adrian Edwards/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 08: Justin Ervin and model Ashley Graham arrive to United Nations Headquarters on March 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 4: Ashley Graham and Justin Ervin attend 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Radhika Jones - Arrivals at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on March 4, 2018 in Beverly Hills, CA. (Photo by Presley Ann/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Ashley Graham;Justin Ervin
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 04: Ashley Graham and Justin Ervin attend the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on March 4, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by J. Merritt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 24: Ashley Graham and Justin Ervin are seen in Midtown on January 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
BROOKLYN, NY - NOVEMBER 13: Ashley Graham and Justin Ervin attend Glamour's 2017 Women of The Year Awards at Kings Theatre on November 13, 2017 in Brooklyn, New York. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Glamour)
THE BROOKLYN BOROUGH OF NEW YORK CITY, NY - NOVEMBER 06: Ashley Graham and Justin Ervin attend the 14th Annual CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards at Weylin B. Seymour's on November 6, 2017 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, New York. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 13: Ashley Graham and Justin Ervin attend Michael Kors and Google Celebrate new MICHAEL KORS ACCESS Smartwatches at ArtBeam on September 13, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Michael Kors)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 13: Justin Ervin and Ashley Graham attend Michael Kors and Google Celebrate new MICHAEL KORS ACCESS Smartwatches at ArtBeam on September 13, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for Michael Kors)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 25: John Molner, Katie Couric, Ashley Graham and Justin Ervin attend 2017 Time 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 25, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for TIME)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 25: Ashley Graham and Justin Ervin attend 2017 Time 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 25, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for TIME)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 15: Model Ashley Graham and Justin Ervin attend the celebration of Urban Arts Partnership 25th Anniversary Benefit at Cipriani Wall Street on March 15, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Urban Arts Partnership)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 12: Model Ashley Graham and husband Justin Ervin attend the 2016 Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year at Barclays Center of Brooklyn on December 12, 2016 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Ashley Graham and husband Justin Ervin attends the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 27: Justin Ervin and Ashley Graham attend the Belvedere Presents One Night for Life with John Legend at the Apollo Theater at The Apollo Theater on August 27, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Owen Hoffmann/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 29: Justin Ervin (L) and model Ashley Graham attend the Google/HBO celebration of 'All The Way' during White House Correspondents' weekend at the Renwick Gallery on April 29, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Google)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 17: Justin Ervin and Ashley Graham attends Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2016 - Swim BBQ VIP at 1 Hotel & Homes South Beach on February 17, 2016 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Aaron Davidson/FilmMagic)
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However, Graham believes her sex life might be different if the pair, who tied the knot in 2010, had different schedules. “But that is because we don’t see each other very often,” she explained. “If we both had 9 to 5 [jobs] and we saw each other every day, I don’t know if that would be my piece of advice.”

In addition to getting physical, the American Beauty Star host had a few other suggestions for a long-lasting marriage. “Laughter, communication, compassion and being able to forgive because if you have those four things, you’re going to be gold,” she said, before adding: “And sex!”

Graham previously shared her “just have sex” policy in her Elle February cover story. The “Pretty Big Deal” host also noted at the time that she and Ervin waited to consummate their relationship until after marriage. “Something that it did for us was build up our friendship,” she said. “And it also built up our trust and communication.”

With reporting by Nikaline McCarley

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