Technically, we can probably blame Hollywood for making us think that losing our virginity would be romantic and beautiful. Of course, for most of us it's more just awkward and fumbly—which is why we're somewhat reassured to know that even the beautiful people have some embarrassing tales to tell. Here are their stories.
1. Kit Harington
"Mine was a little less left-field than in a cave. It was a typical sort of teenage thing, at a party. I was probably too young. (Interviewer: "Like 13?") No, but you're not far off. I think the girl and I just kind of wanted to. You either hold on and do it right, or you're young and decide to get the monkey off your back."
2. Daniel Radcliffe
"I'm one of the few people who seem to have had a really good first time … It was with somebody I'd gotten to know well. I'm happy to say I've had a lot better sex since then, but it wasn't as horrendously embarrassing as a lot of other people's were—like my friend who got drunk and did it with a stranger under a bridge."
3. Lena Dunham
"[My best friend] Audrey headed back to my room hopeful for a sleepover. She was sobbing, and disoriented, and also pretty sure I was alone finishing the cheese, so she flung my door open without knocking. There she found [the guy I was losing my virginity to] Jonah on top of me doing what grownups do. She understood the magnitude of the occasion and through her tears shouted, 'Mazel tov!'
"I didn't tell him I was a virgin, just that I hadn't done it 'that much.' It hurt a little more than I'd expected but in a different way, and he was nervous too and he never came. Afterwards we lay there and talked, and I could tell he was a really nice person. I commended myself for making a healthy, albeit hasty, partner choice. I really couldn't wait to tell my mom."
4. Joe Jonas
"I did other stuff before then, but I was sexually active at 20. I'm glad I waited for the right person, because you look back and you go, 'That girl was batshit crazy. I'm glad I didn't go there.'"
5. Angelina Jolie
"I had started having sex with my boyfriend and the sex and the emotions didn't feel enough. I was no longer a little girl. In a moment of wanting to feel closer to my boyfriend I grabbed a knife and cut him. He cut me back. We had an exchange of something and we were covered in blood, my heart was racing."
6. Shia LaBeouf
"For some reason, I was trying to portray myself as a man who had [had sex] many times in the past. I didn't tell the girl I was a virgin. I was all, 'Don't worry, babe. I'm gonna handle it tonight.' And meanwhile I was shaking in my boots. Getting naked was very strange. It was the first time I'd been naked in the light, in front of a girl, with no hiding place. I remember putting a pillow underneath her because I had seen that in a porn movie … [It] put her at a weird angle, where I couldn't get in correctly. I'm not extremely well-endowed … and clearly this wasn't the move."
7. Lil Wayne
"I was 11 and the girl was 13. She had every board game you could imagine. I liked board games. We was playing Win Lose or Draw and on the board she wrote, 'Fuck me.' Now I was 11, and I didn't even know it meant 'intercourse.' I just knew it was a cuss word, so I was like, 'Why is she cussing herself out?'
"She said, 'Do you want to play Press Your Luck? Well, the game is in my closet.' She had a walk-in closet, so she said, 'Go get it, it's right to the right…' When I walk to the closet she came in and cut the lights off and took off my pants, and I remember my ass was cold up against the wall. I was like, 'What the hell!?' When I tried to push her off me, I felt that she was naked also, so I just stepped back and let her do what she do.
8. Jessica Alba
"I didn't really [seriously] go out with any guys until I was 18 and met my ex-fiancé, Michael Weatherly … It just didn't work out. I was so young, 18, when I started dating him. I was a virgin. I knew I wanted to be in love with the first person I slept with, because for almost everyone I knew, the first experience made them feel like shit. So I wanted to be really careful that he was going to be in love with me and wasn't just going to leave me."
Sadly, not all celebrity experiences were positive. Stars such as Khloe Kardashian and Lena Dunham have shared honest accounts of losing their virginity in a less positive way.
9. Khloe Kardashian
"My situation was not a good situation. I was 14 years old and dating an 18-year-old boy, which now I look back and think it's disgusting, but then I thought I was really cool ... Basically, I got pressured into having sex. I wasn't ready. I barely knew my own body…
"I felt like if I didn't, I wouldn't be cool or this guy wouldn't want to talk to me anymore … I didn't have sex for the next three years, just because I didn't feel comfortable with my body and I didn't feel like I knew myself. And then being out of that environment, I knew I did the wrong thing and I was kind of forced to have sex."
10. Brooke Shields
"I think I would have lost my virginity earlier than I did at 22. I had the public and all this pressure, and I wish I had just gotten it over with in the beginning when it was sort of OK. I think I would have been much more in touch with myself. I think I wouldn't have had issues with weight—I carried this protective 20 pounds [in college]. It was all connected."
11. Amy Schumer
"My first sexual experience was not a good one."I didn't think about it until I started reading my journal again. When it happened, I wrote about it almost like a throwaway. It was like, And then I looked down and realised he was inside me. He was saying, 'I'm so sorry' and 'I can't believe I did this.'"
"I had another time with a boyfriend where I was saying, 'No, stop,' and it was just completely ignored."
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This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.co.uk. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.