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Rebel Wilson lost her virginity at 35; hopes to spread a ‘positive message’ by sharing her story

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In her new memoir Rebel Rising, which will be released on April 2, the 44-year-old Australian actress tells PEOPLE that she revealed the disclosure to reassure young people that “not everybody has to lose their virginity as a teenager.”

“People can wait till they’re ready or wait till they’re a bit more mature,” Wilson states. And that might send a good message, in my opinion. You shouldn’t feel under pressure as a young person, but you also don’t have to wait until you’re in your thirties like me,” Willson says.

The Pitch Perfect alum remembers how “embarrassed” he felt as a teenager and tried to steer clear of the subject as much as possible.

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“There was one vague time, I think I told my best friend, ‘Oh, yeah, I just did it to just get it over with when I was like 23,'” Wilson recounts. “Just to really avoid the questions.”

She tried to sidestep the subject when it came up or deflected however she could.

“Normally I would just leave the room when the conversation was happening,” she continues. “And then the people that said, ‘Oh, at 24, it’s so late.’ And then I’m sitting here thinking, ‘Oh my god, my number’s 35. What the hell? I’m going to look like the biggest loser.'”

Although she calls herself a “late bloomer,” Wilson believes that, if she was 20 years younger, her experience and exploration of her sexuality would have been “very different.”

“It’s absolutely incredible, if I had been born 20 years later, I probably would’ve explored my sexuality more. I just knew I was attracted to men, and that was the normal thing,” recalls Wilson.

“And so when I started opening myself up probably more after my father’s death and realizing, oh, even though I’d seen marriage as a terrible thing and waste of time, I started opening myself up to that,” she adds. “And then only years later, meeting women and having feelings for a woman, and that, I just think it’s a sign of where society kind of was.”

Now engaged to designer Ramona Agruma, Wilson welcomed her first child, Royce Lillian, via surrogate in November 2022.

Ramona Agruma and Rebel Wilson, Fluid Co-Founder, celebrate the launch of Dating App FLUID with Casamigos Cristalino at Funke on June 15, 2023 in Los Angeles, California.

Rebel Rising is out April 2 from Simon & Schuster and is available for preorder now, wherever books are sold.

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