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Nicola Hughes on sex and relationsh­ips


For me, sex in a relationsh­ip is 100 percent important. I think if you don’t have sexual attraction and you don’t have a good sex life, you didn’t really have much of a relationsh­ip. It’s so important to be able to be intimate with one another. You have to be 100 percent comfortabl­e and trust each other and tell each other what you both like, and be okay with that.

When did I lose my virginity? Oh Jesus! Dad’s going to have a heart attack! Can I just say in my late teens? I think my Dad will have a heart attack. He’s so… well, we were so Catholic back in the day. He’s kind of got a little more comfortabl­e about what’s okay and what’s not okay. It’s so funny because when I was younger I wasn’t allowed a boy in the house. My brother had his steady girlfriend there all the time. Or if I did have a boy there, the door would be open.

The first time is always shite, if you look back now and think of it (laughs). It was very basic and bland – let’s call it that. The poor boy, if he reads this!

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