Celibate dating websites

In my forties I set up a head-hunting firm in the City and gave up sex to focus on the business.

I became more and more successful, but also more lonely.

I hated every moment of it, but I thought everyone hated it and forced themselves.

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A lot of these women are inexperienced and don't realise that STDs are on the increase or understand that giving your body to a complete stranger when you're already in turmoil is really risky.

I'm not saying that I will definitely never have sex again, but I will never be reckless with sex again.

Recent research suggests that one in 20 couples is celibate, though not necessarily by mutual choice; while about one per cent of the population is asexual – that is, not sexually attracted to anyone.

Why, then, is not wanting sex still seen as the oddball option?

One of the reasons I did this is because over 70 percent of Black kids are born into single-family households and the HIV and AIDs crisis.

There are an awful lot of people very quietly not having sex in our loudly sexualised society.

(And, we couldn’t be more proud.) Many of our readers have spoken out about their decisions to press pause on their sex lives and some expressed concern about how difficult dating can be once you’ve made the call. JEREMY BILLINGSLEY: One Sunday I was in church and the pastor was preaching about love and fornication and he was really trying to direct the sermon to the singles there, and I though to myself, outside of the church there really aren’t that many places where celibate singles can go that embraces that lifestyle and meet others on the same accord as them. BILLINGSLEY: Black is for anyone who is celibate or considering celibacy. We just want to bring those people together in a positive way.

Black founder Jeremy Billingsley noticed the same thing and put his entrepreneurial mind to work. Now as he continues to try to get the word out that Black is a convenient place to meet friends or lovers who share your values, Billingsley’s proud of what Black is offering our community. When like-minded singles can get together you’re going to get better results. And it’s for those looking to meet others with the same values.

But in 2000 the stock market crashed and I lost pretty much everything within a couple of weeks.

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