'No, he didn't take my virginity' - Mandy Moore holds nothing back describing her past relationships in candid interview
Mandy Moore has given a refreshingly honest interview about her romantic life, one which touches on a number of her famous exes and is far from the overly glossed statements approved by PRs in advance.
While most celebrities will have a stockpile of inoffensive responses to questions about their personal life, pre-approved by a publicist in order to be the least offensive as possible, Moore, one of the biggest stars of American television has endeared herself more to the public by laying it all out on the table.
At 34, she's a showbiz veteran, bursting onto the bubbleum pop scene in the late 90s and early noughties when she was just 15 and has enjoyed a rollercoaster career over the last 20 years. One thing is for certain - she loves love and had no problem sharing the highs and lows on her road to happiness in an interview with the Howard Stern Show.
She was asked by the host about when That 70s Show actor Wilmer Valderrama famously said he took her virginity when they dated as teenagers, adding crude comments about the experience, on the same show back in 2006.
“I dated him when I was 16, 17, no [he didn’t take my virginity]," she said. "I love him and I still love him and he’s a very good friend and that’s why I was so shocked by it. Not only was it a fib, but it was so unlike him, so uncharacteristic. He’s dated all the ladies. I met him at a photoshoot for some teen magazine when I was 15 - never French kissed a boy - he was like my first true boyfriend.
"I remember in the moment he tried to explain it away, that he did get caught up and maybe insinuated more than outright said it. And I said, ‘No, you outright said it.’ I was like, ‘Why would you ever talk about that with anybody and lie about it?’
"I just remember my parents' reaction. They were bummed. Don Moore, especially. My dad was like, "What?! I liked that young man.' I'm like, 'Dad, I know.'"
Throughout her lengthy career, most of Moore's relationships have been with other high profile people, including tennis star Andy Roddick, whom she says completely broke her heart after their two-year relationship ended in 2004.
"He broke my heart, so I think we parted ways because of that," Moore said. "[The heartbreak] got poured into everything. It got poured into a record that eventually became an album that came out like three or four years after that."
"They get a wandering eye. It’s human nature, part of the human condition. You’re onto the next! It’s OK, wasn’t meant to be.
"He’s moved on, he’s married [to Brooklyn Decker] with kids and he seems super happy and I’m happy for him. We were kids! I don’t care...10 years ago, I would have had an ax to grind, but now I’m like, 'Whatever.'"
She later dated Scrubs star Zach Braff from 2004 to 2006, believing at the time that he was the love of her life, adding that she was too young, "I knew nothing in reality."
In 2009, she married singer Ryan Adams and their divorce was finalised in 2016. She reflects on the marriage as a "lonely" experience which left her feeling angry at the time.
"[The divorce] didn’t sour my idea of romance or marriage or monogamy," she explained.
"I just chose the wrong person. We’re just different, we were not meant to be. It was a very lonely life. Someone who’s obsessed with themselves and obsessed with their work and wasn’t able to be a partner or husband. The anger subsided for me now. I have so much distance from it now, I have a different perspective."
She is engaged to musician Taylor Goldsmith after meeting in 2015 and they have yet to set a wedding date.
If only all celebrities were this forthcoming in interviews!