“I am ashamed to say I lost my virginity at 28, so don’t clap for me. Perhaps one of the reasons why I lost my virginity that late was because I was shy and somewhere else where I was too focused on my career that I didn’t even think about having sex.”

The Nigerian singer, songwriter, and recording artiste, Asa, said this in an interview with Funmi Iyanda.

Asa also spoke about battling with depression and waiting for many years before being intimate with anyone.

She also talked about her preference in men and admitted that she compromised on them, as she got older.

Asa, who described Angelique Kidjo as her mentor, also discussed past rumours about her sexuality and “stupidly” suing someone over the matter.

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She said, “I never wanted to date any artiste. On the day I lost my virginity, I called my manger, Janet to tell her and she was surprised that I was a very late starter. I also called my mum and she didn’t have any advice, she said, “it will be painful at first’, and I was there wondering what she was saying.

On lesbianism allegations, she said, “I sued someone for writing that I was a lesbian and I regret doing so.

"I don’t think it was necessary but a lot of people nudged me to sue the writer.”