Lolo Jones is a renowned American Olympian who has made a name for herself in the world of athletics. With numerous gold medals under her belt, Jones has proven to be one of the most successful hurdlers in the history of US athletics. However, her laser focus on her career and religious beliefs have resulted in her love life suffering.
Jones has always been open about the fact that she only wanted to have sex once she was married, and to start a family. In 2012, she revealed on Twitter that she was a virgin and later opened up about it in an interview on HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel. When discussing the motivation behind her abstinence, Jones said it was the ‘hardest thing’ she’d ever done. “It’s just something, a gift I want to give to my husband,” she said. “But please understand, this journey has been hard. There’s virgins out there, I’m gonna let them know, it’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life. Harder than training for the Olympics, harder than graduating from college, has been to stay a virgin before marriage.”
However, Jones later admitted that revealing she was a virgin was a ‘mistake.’ In an interview with Kevin Hart on his Cold as Balls podcast, she said: “That was a mistake. That killed all my dates after that — like didn’t even have a chance. Like before, at least I had a chance.” Jones also revealed that not having sex actually impacted her sporting career. “I have a higher level of intensity because I don’t have any pressure release. Everybody knows me as stressed out,” she said. “Having sex actually helps you as an athlete, a female athlete. It’s good for your hormones. So I’m running at a disadvantage.”
Fearing that she was running out of time, Jones began the process of freezing her eggs last year after being told that she had a ‘great egg reserve for her age.’ Despite being teased about her sexual inexperience, Jones said that she’s taking steps to make sure she and her future partner can have a child of their own. “I have made the right move to prepare for a family if me and my husband want to try to have kids one day, we have options,” she said in a post to Instagram. “No one should be shamed for taking their time to figure out who their life partner is. A woman shouldn’t be shamed for wanting biological kids or wanting to know what it’s like to be pregnant and carry her own child.”