Singer Hilary Duff, 21, was quoted by Elle in 2006 as claiming to be a virgin. This seemed to jibe with her wholesome image at the time and given the purity trend it’s not out of the norm for older teen stars to declare they’re virgins. The only thing is that it either wasn’t true or wasn’t information she wanted to reveal at the time. Duff said that isn’t anyone’s business and that she never even said that.
Hilary Duff says she never told Elle magazine in 2006 that she was still a virgin.
“You know what? I was quoted saying I was a virgin, but I absolutely did not say that,” she says in the January issue of Maxim. “That’s nobody’s business but my own. Somehow it turned into a bad thing!”
But Duff, 21, says that’s not the worst thing that’s been written about her.
“I’ve been accused by the press of giving lap dances at clubs,” she says. “I mean, little ol’ me? It’s shocking.
“People love to believe it —- it’s way more exciting to talk about than the truth! And they’re so descriptive about these lap dances,” she says. “I don’t even know how to do a lap dance!”
Duff says she isn’t afraid to show her sexual side occasionally.
Take her sexy new music video “Reach Me,” for instance.
“I was ready to do something different,” the singer says. “The intent was not to be overtly sexual; I’m not naked. I do have little shorts on in it — but I also wear a giant tutu. It’s good to show different sides of yourself.”
[From US Weekly]
At first I wondered why Duff wouldn’t just deny that she said that at the time, but she probably realized that people would have interpreted as a denial that she was a virgin, and she may have felt that it was best to keep quiet about it. The Elle journalist that made that up should be ashamed. At least they didn’t fabricate an entire interview like Cosmopolitan’s UK version recently did with Scarlett Johansson.
Duff was rumored to be engaged to her longterm boyfriend, New York Islands hockey player Mike Comrie, but neither has confirmed the news and she no longer wears a ring on her left ring finger. She explained in Maxim, “The truth is, I just like to wear rings!”
I’m not a fan of her music by any means but she seems to have handled this maturely and to have realized that the best way to deal with the fake story was to wait and let it sit.
Hilary Duff is shown on 12/4/08 at the grand opening of the SLS hotel in Beverly Hills. Credit: WENN