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I would never have sold my virginity – it’s basically prostitution

I would never have sold my virginity – it’s basically prostitution

When I read about the young Russian girl, Ariana (20), who has decided to sell her virginity online, I felt so sorry for her.

Her virginity certainly doesn’t come cheap, with a starting bid of £130,000.

Ariana says she does not find it ethically wrong and is doing it to support her medical studies abroad.


Personally, I feel sorry for her, even though I would support her right to make her own choices about what to do with her body.

I think losing your virginity is a big milestone in your life.

I was almost 18 when I lost mine and it was to a boyfriend that I was crazy about.

I’m still friends with him now and have no regrets, It’s a special moment and I don’t think its something that can have a price tag.

I would never offer up any life moment just for the sake of money, and most definitely would never have offered up my virginity.

There’s also the other side of the transaction, which involves a creepy man who is willing to pay that much for someone’s virginity.

Ariana hopes it’s a nice man she can possibly continue a relationship with, but she should stop fooling herself that this will happen.

God knows who she’ll get and it might put her off sex for life!

I have heard stories in the past of people doing it, but whether it actually goes ahead I don’t know.

It is a lot of money to get and would pay for her education, but it’s entering into the world of prostitution.

She says she wants to be a doctor, but this will stick with her for life.

I have nothing against sex workers at all and have actually spent time filming with a sex worker who was amazing.


But, even though Ariana has convinced herself this is not prostitution, I don’t see how it’s anything other than that.

It is the exact same thing – the only difference is she is getting paid an extortionate amount of money for it.

It seems that her best friend wants in on the action and she has decided to sell her virginity as well.

Neither of their parents know, but I imagine now that it’s international news they have found out about it.

My mother would be so disappointed in me if I decided to do that; it’s not what you want for your daughter, particularly at one of the special moments in their life.

The world is changing so much and this story really made me sad for her. I suppose we’re all very different and it’s what makes us beautiful as humans – so maybe she won’t regret this.

Perfection in Portugal

I filmed the last show for the TV series Getaways in Portugal last week (left) – and it was stunning.

I went to Portugal about 10 times as a child, but I had forgotten how amazing it is.

I loved working on Getaways because I got to see so much that I usually wouldn’t on holidays.

We were busy all day everyday and were brought around to the best places by a tour guide.

The hotel I was staying in was probably the nicest hotel I’ve ever stayed in. There wasn’t really any downtime on this trip, although I did get a few hours by the pool.

I was up most days around 6am and and then we filmed until 6pm – but it was all worth it.

I’ve wanted to do a travel show since watching Kathryn Thomas on RTE and it is as good as it looks – it’s my dream job.

Trump card marked now

I couldn’t wait to watch the debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump this week and it was worth the wait.

Trump showed himself to be an immature fool. He is like a child in the way he speaks to people and none of it makes sense.

One point that showed Trump’s true character was what he has said about women – something which Clinton was happy to point out.

“This is a man who has been calling women pigs, slobs and dogs and someone who has said pregnancy is an inconvenience to employers, who has said that women don’t deserve equal pay unless they do as good a job as men,” said Clinton

Unfortunately for Trump, this is 2016 and what you say can never be erased.

I just can’t get my head around the fact that he is really a candidate for the US presidency.

I do, however, have faith in America and would be shocked if Trump was their next president.

My brilliant birthday bash

I celebrated my 31st birthday on Friday night – even though it’s my actual birthday today, so I will just be opening all my presents by the time you are reading this.

I really don’t feel like I’m getting older and it isn’t something that worries me. I can honestly say that I’m in the happiest place I’ve ever been in a year and it feels nice.

I really put my head down with work for the last year and I feel like it’s all paying off.

And I don’t just feel like things have improved professionally, I feel like everything in my life is where it should be. I’m definitely less anxious and I don’t let the smaller things worry me as much as I used to.

For me, the meaning of success is happiness and I’m at a very happy place in my life right now.

I celebrated my birthday with my closest friends in London on Friday night.

My friends Bryan and James had a dinner party for me in their house and then we all headed out to celebrate.