Russell sat down at The Rock Church in San Diego to discuss how he balances being a NFL superstar as well as a faithful Christian devoted to do God’s work.
When asked about his relationship with the R&B songstress he said,
“She’s a special girl. She’s been through some heartaches. I’ve been through some heartaches. I married the person that I was with since high school. That didn’t work out unfortunately. I just trusted that God would do the healing process. I met this girl named Ciara who’s the most beautiful woman in the world.”
“I do have a girlfriend, yes. She’s a sweetheart. She’s everything you could ever want honestly. I met her 5-6 months ago. The funny thing is, I told somebody that’s the girl I wanted to be with before I ever met her. Before I met her, I was like ‘I’ll probably end up with Ciara. True story.”
Russell revealed God spoke to him and asked him to abstain from sex.
“She was on tour. She was traveling and I was looking at her in the mirror…sitting in the dressing room, she was getting ready to go on stage. She was sitting there and God spoke to me and said ‘I need you to lead her.’ And I was like ‘Really like now?’ And he says ‘I want you and need you to lead her.’ So I asked her ‘What would you do if we took all that extra stuff off the table? And just did it Jesus’ way?’ She was agreeing to do that.”
So are we talking about sex?
“Yea we’re talking about sex.”“I knew that God had brought me into her life to bless her and for her to bless me. And to bless so many people. With the impact that she has and the impact that I have—we’re not going to be perfect…by any means. Life’s not perfect. Nobody’s perfect. He’s anointed both of us. I know that he’s calling for us to do something miraculous. And I told her. She completely agreed. If you can really love somebody without that, you can really love someone.”
“I ain’t gone lie to y’all now. I need y’all to pray for us [laughs]. I know y’all seen her on the screen now. If there’s a 10, then she’s a 15. So I need y’all to pray for me.”