After Abstaining Until Marriage, Russell Wilson and Ciara Announce Pregnancy: “We Did It Jesus’ Way”

National   |   Steven Ertelt, Micaiah Bilger   |   Oct 26, 2016   |   9:56AM   |   Washington, DC

A standout celebrity couple who publicly committed to saving sex for marriage have announced they are expecting their first baby. Ciara and Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson have been praised by pro-life people for their dedication to abstinence before marriage.

Last year, Wilson talked with ESPN about their relationship: “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.’”

Now, they’re announcing they are having a baby:

Ciara is expecting her first child with Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, three months after the couple tied the knot.

Both stars announced the pregnancy by sharing the same photo on Instagram on Tuesday night. Ciara, who turned 31 Tuesday, says she is “excited to Finally share one of the Greatest Gifts of All that God could give.” Wilson calls the baby , “The Greatest Blessing of All.”

This is the 27-year-old Wilson’s first child. Ciara has a 2-year-old son from a previous relationship with rapper Future.

The Greatest Blessing of All. Forever Grateful. #BabyWilsonOnTheWay

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In 2015, the couple made headlines in entertainment news for announcing their decision to commit to abstinence before marriage – a rarity in Hollywood these days. Wilson told The Rock Church that they decided to abstain from sex before marriage.

“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 said.

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“He goes, ‘I want you and need you to lead her,’” Wilson said. “And so anyways 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?”

Wilson said he was talking about waiting to have sex.

“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,” Wilson said.

The couple faced some criticism for their commitment, as well as their Christian faith. Both Ciara and Wilson have spoken openly about how their faith influences their lives.

Earlier this year, Ciara said she was looking for a God-fearing man and found one in Wilson.

“Marriage is something I look forward to,” she said. “I believe in family, and the beauty of two people committing to spend their lives together.”