Ciara is admitting that, when it came to holding off on sex until she was married to Russell Wilson, self-control just didn’t cut it!
The 33-year-old native Texan covers the latest issue of InStyle magazine, and in the sit-down interview, she discussed the immediate connection she and the NFL quarterback had upon meeting -- and the challenge it presented.
“We both knew,” she says, remembering their first date in 2015. “We both had that light-bulb moment.”
However, the couple take their faith seriously and wanted to wait until marriage before consummating their love, which Ciara half-jokingly admitted was no easy task.
“That took a lot of prayer,” the singer tells the magazine. “It was hard. I can’t lie.”
Ciara and Russell Wilson together
Ciara and Russell Wilson together
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Professional football player Russell Wilson and singer Ciara arrive at the 2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 26, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
US football quarterback Russell Wilson and US singer Ciara Princess Wilson pose upon their arrival for the 25th annual Elton John AIDS Foundation's Academy Awards Viewing Party on February 26, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. / AFP / TIBRINA HOBSON (Photo credit should read TIBRINA HOBSON/AFP/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: (L-R) New England Patriots CEO Robert Kraft, recording artist Ciara, host Elton John, and NFL player Russell Wilson attend the 25th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation's Academy Awards Viewing Party at The City of West Hollywood Park on February 26, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for EJAF)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 12: NFL Player Russell Wilson (L) and Musician Ciara attend Warner Music Group's Annual GRAMMY Celebration at Milk Studios on February 12, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images for Fashion Media)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 24: NFL player Russell Wilson (L) and singer Ciara attend Vanity Fair and Genesis Celebrate 'Hidden Figures' on February 24, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Vanity Fair)
RANCHO PALOS VERDES, CA - FEBRUARY 08: Singer Ciara and NFL player Russell Wilson attend The 2017 MAKERS Conference Day 3 at Terranea Resort on February 8, 2017 in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for AOL)
WESTWOOD, CA - JULY 14: Football player Russell Wilson and recording artist Ciara attend the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Sports Awards 2016 at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion on July 14, 2016 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/KCSports2016/WireImage)
WESTWOOD, CA - JULY 14: Recording artist Ciara and football player Russell Wilson attend the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Sports Awards 2016 at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion on July 14, 2016 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/KCSports2016/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 13: Russell Wilson and Ciara attend the 2016 ESPYS at Microsoft Theater on July 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 13: NFL player Russell Wilson (L) and recording artist Ciara attend the 2016 ESPYS at Microsoft Theater on July 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 07: Ciara and Russell Wilson at the Regents Street Burberry store on July 7, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Milan/GC Images)
OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 19: Seattle Seahawk, Russell Wilson and Singer, Ciara pose for a photo before the 2016 NBA Finals Game Seven between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors on June 19, 2016 at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Bruce Yeung/NBAE via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 22: NFL player Russell Wilson and singer/co-host Ciara attend the 2016 Billboard Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena on May 22, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/BBMA2016/Getty Images for dcp)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 22: Singer Ciara (R) and NFL quarterback Russell Wilson arrive at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena on May 22, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 19: Ciara and Russell Wilson are seen arriving at 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' on May 19, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by TSM/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 20: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Russell Wilson and Ciara attend Daily Front Row Fashion Los Angeles Awards Private Dinner Hosted By Eva Chow And Carine Roitfeld at Mr Chow on March 20, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for The Daily Front Row)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 19: NFL player Russell Wilson (L) and Ciara attend the season grand opening of the Marquee Nightclub at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on March 19, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)
US American football quarterback of the Seattle Seahawks Russell Wilson (L) and his gilfriend US singer Ciara (R) attend the French L1 football match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Montpellier (MHSC) on March 5, 2016, at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE / AFP / FRANCK FIFE (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 15: NFL player Russell Wilson (L) and recording artist Ciara attend the GRAMMY Charities Signings backstage during The 58th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Maury Phillips/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 14: NFL player Russell Wilson (L) and singer Ciara attend the 2016 Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute to Industry Icons honoring Irving Azoff at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 14, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: Ciara and Russell Wilson are seen leaving the Polo Ralph Lauren presentation during Fall 2016 New York Fashion Week on February 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jacopo Raule/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 09: Ciara and Russell Wilson attend the Washington Wizards vs New York Knicks game at Madison Square Garden on February 9, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
SEATTLE, WA - AUGUST 08: Taylor Swift, Russell Wilson and Ciara perform at CenturyLink Field on August 8, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Suzi Pratt/LP5/Getty Images for TAS)
WESTWOOD, CA - JULY 16: NFL player Russell Wilson (L) and singer Ciara arrive at the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Sports Awards 2015 at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion on July 16, 2015 in Westwood, California.(Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
WESTWOOD, CA - JULY 16: NFL player Russell Wilson and singer Ciara arrive at the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Sports Awards 2015 at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion on July 16, 2015 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 15: NFL player Russell Wilson (L) and singer Ciara arrive at the The 2015 ESPYS at Microsoft Theater on July 15, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.(Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 28: Russell Wilson from the Seattle Seahawks and Ciara Harris arrive for the State dinner in honor of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe And Akie Abe April 28, 2015 at the Booksellers area of the White House in Washington, DC. (Photo by Olivier Douliery/Getty Images)
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During the interview, the songstress also opened up about her workout since managing to get her waistline back to where it was before her 1-year-old daughter with Wilson, Sienna Princess Wilson, arrived.
“I would wake up in the morning, breastfeed, eat a small meal, go train, come back home, pump, eat a small meal, breastfeed, eat lunch, and then go train again,” she explains. “I truly believe that self-love is key,” she says. “And my definition of self-love is taking care of myself.”
As for Wilson and Ciara’s abstinence pledge, this definitely isn’t the first time the couple has discussed the decision. Soon after Wilson began dating the “Level Up” singer, he sat down for an interview with with Pastor Miles McPherson of The Rock Church in San Diego where he openly discussed choosing to wait until marriage.
"I met this girl named Ciara, who is the most beautiful woman in the world. She's the most kind person, the most engaging person,” he gushed at the time, later adding of their decision, "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 she has, that I have," he said. "Nobody's perfect, but he's anointed us to do something miraculous, something special."
However, after saying “I do” at Peckforton Castle in Cheshire, England, in 2016, the couple proudly shared that they plan to celebrate their love in the bedroom.
Wilson responded, "From what we did last night, I'm gonna do it multiple times."
In 2017, Ciara discussed the profound benefits of their celibacy pledge with Cosmopolitan South Africa, telling fans, "You shouldn't feel like you have to give your body away to get someone to like you."
"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 added. "Knowing that you'll always have the friendship and that you can always go back to it is very important, and very powerful."
And her abstinence with Wilson isn’t the only time in which Ciara has turned to the power of prayer in order to get through a difficult time. She also shared with InStyle that her faith played an important role after she parted ways with Future, the father of her son, Future Zahir Wilburn, in 2014. She told the magazine that prayer helped her in “getting [herself] right.”
“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 explains. “I knew I didn’t want to cry tears of hurt anymore. I didn’t want to keep going around in circles.”
As for her marriage with Wilson, she says, “He’s my sounding board for pretty much everything I do in my life. He doesn’t want to see me fail. He’s got my back. That’s an awesome feeling.”