A student who received a six-figure offer after putting her virginity up for sale online has made a shock admission.
‘Nicole’, which is not her real name, was auctioning off her virginity on the escort website Elite Models VIP which claims to provide a luxury service.
The part-time model, from Italy, last week claimed bidding had started at an astonishing £890,000 but has now revealed she never actually planned to go through with it.
In an interview with The Sun last week, Nicole spoke about how, at the age of 16, she realised how precious and important virginity is and therefore decided she would sell hers in order to buy her parents a house as well as fund her studies.
I was in a relationship with a man much older than me, but I decided I would only lose my virginity to the man I love and the man I want to marry in the future.
He told me he wanted to stay with me all my life, that he loved me and that he wanted to have a family with me but I was only 16 and I was scared so I decided to split up with him.
I wanted a good education so I started looking on the web for ways to finance my studies and I came across a series of auction adverts and found there were girls who had sold themselves for £3.1 million (€3.5 million) so I decided I would do the same when I turned 18.
I hope to get as much as possible to fund my studies, to help my sister and my family and to buy my parents a house.
There are a lot of men interested who are writing to the agency and the highest offer we have at the moment is €1m (£890,000).
Nicole wants to use the money to finance her studies abroad in the UK, hoping to gain a place at Cambridge University to study business.
Four other girls were also auctioning off their virginity on the site at the same time but it was Nicole who was reportedly attracting the highest bids.
The site confirmed the auction was genuine but Nicole has now backtracked on her decision.
Speaking to LA 27 Ora, Nicole explained her parents had been left ‘speechless’ after finding out her secret, which she initially said would ‘destroy’ them if they ever found out.
I’m very sorry, I apologise to everyone, first to my father and mother.
It started as a provocation, I wanted to see if anyone was really willing to spend some money on something like that. But I realised how much I was in this story when the one-million-euro offer came and the agency asked me to consult an economist to choose how to get paid.
So I got scared. The more time passes, the more everything seems true and I do not know how to get out of it.
I did a stupid thing of which I’m deeply ashamed and if I could turn back time I wouldn’t do it again but I didn’t do it to flaunt myself.
Nicole has also admitted she doesn’t want to pursue economic studies but instead made up a story after the agency said to her she had to be ‘credible’.
Describing the situation as a ‘nightmare’, Nicole says she’s been inundated with calls from the agency trying to sign off a deal with the highest bidder.
The agency keeps calling me, asking me where I want the bank transfer to be credited.
Now I just want them to stop saying that I sold my virginity.
They told me that I’m just an exhibitionist, but I would not put it that way.
I did a stupid thing, which I deeply regret and if I could go back I would not do it again, but I did not do it to show off.
Nicole is currently considering getting a lawyer in order to address the situation.
Emily Murray is a journalist at UNILAD. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in English Literature and History before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. Emily has previously worked for the BBC, ITV and Trinity Mirror. When Emily isn’t writing about topics including mental health and entertainment, you can find her at the cinema which is her second home.