It wasn’t Brooke Shields’ first time exposing herself to the public.
Shields, 57, said in an interview Wednesday that she regrets being so open about being a virgin as an ingenue.
The former child star called it a “mistake” to be so open about her sex life — or lack thereof — during a recent episode of her podcast, “Now What? With Brooke Shields.”
“I mean, I think it was, in hindsight, a bit of a mistake for me to be so open about my virginity because it never left me alone,” said the “Blue Lagoon” actress.
Indeed, a whole section of her 1985 book, “On Your Own,” a kids’ guide to self care, was dedicated to the controversial subject.
Shields clarified that she didn’t actually write the complete draft after publishers rejected her first chapter submission, and hired ghostwriters to produce the tome.
“In it, there was one part of a chapter, where I discuss not abstinence, per se, but owning your choice,” she recalled.
“I would get a lot of fan mail from kids saying, ‘Oh, my boyfriend’s pressuring me, and I don’t want to have sex. What do I do?’ My narrative was, ‘You don’t have to do anything you don’t want to.’”
The “Pretty Baby” starlet was quickly given the moniker the “most famous virgin in the world,” and subjected to “creepy” interview questions, she said.
Shields’ public persona was challenged from a young age after starring in a succession of sexually charged films as a teenager, as well as a 1980 Calvin Klein ad campaign featuring the glamorous 15-year-old delivering their provocative slogan: “Do you know what comes between me and my Calvins? Nothing.”
In the same conversation, the podcaster went on to say that her awkward early experiences in Hollywood had also given her the career training she needed.
“To be in the line of fire at such a young age in that way — I gained a resilience, and it set me up to be ready for anything in this industry, which can be difficult,” she said.
The Post reached out to Shields for comment.