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Guy Who Bedded 150 Men Before Claiming Celibacy 'Made Him Straight' Changes His Tune Again After Finally Losing His Virginity To A Woman

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An ex-escort who bedded around 150 men before a year of celibacy made him determined to lose his virginity to a woman has finally done so – and now does not identify as any sexual orientation whatsoever.


After coming out at 14, Dominic Hilton, now 28, believed “110 per cent" that he was gay – until his New Year's Resolution to spend 2018 sex-free after a nasty break up made him question everything.

Finding himself attracted to women for the first time, the support worker, of Bournemouth, Dorset, began to believe he was in fact straight.

Dominic (PA Real Life/Collect)

Rejoining the dating world in January 2019, he vowed to lose his virginity to a woman – which he did in April of this year.

But now, he has decided that he does not identify as any one sexual orientation, and has found shedding himself of all labels to be very liberating.

He explained: “Growing up, I believed 110 per cent I was gay, and then telling everyone I thought I may be straight after my year of celibacy was like coming out all over again."

Dominic (PA Real Life/Collect)

He continued: “But now, I regret labelling myself as anything at all. I am currently dating a man, but I wouldn't rule women out in the future.

“I've had people ask whether that means I'm bisexual, or pansexual, which is where you are attracted to a person, romantically and emotionally, regardless of gender.

“I still say no, though. People like to label, and put one another in boxes, as a way of making sense of the world, but it feels so much better not to do that. I'm not claiming to be anything – other than happy."

Dominic in his teenage years (PA Real Life/Collect)

In his younger years, save for a couple of teenage flings with girls before he came out at 14, Dominic exclusively dated men.

Working for a spell as a male escort, he even racked up “between 100 and 150" notches on his bedpost.

But then, everything changed when a two-year relationship with his ex-boyfriend came to an abrupt end over the Christmas dinner table in December 2017.

A romantic birthday surprise for Dominic from his boyfriend (PA Real Life/Collect)

Keen not to jump back into the world of dating before he was ready, Dominic took some time out for himself – during which he stumbled upon an article about celibacy on the internet.

He recalled: “To get over someone, a lot of people go and get under someone else, but I didn't want to do that.

“I started reading up on celibacy and saw people talk about how it had helped their self-esteem, lessened their anxieties, gave them more energy and generally taught them more about who they were."

Dominic at the start of his year of celibacy (PA Real Life/Collect)

Figuring he had nothing to lose, Dominic made a New Year's Resolution to spend 2018 celibate – much to the surprise of his loved ones.

He added: “A lot of my friends found it funny. I remember one saying, 'You'll never do it.' But the longer it went on, the more determined I was."

And, as the year went on, Dominic found that, not only was he feeling more confident and energized than ever before, but he was also suddenly looking at women in a different way.

"I'm not claiming to be anything – other than happy."
–Dominic Hilton

By the time 2018 drew to a close, he became convinced that he was no longer attracted to men.

Then, in January 2019, at that point identifying as straight, he made an entirely different New Year's Resolution – to lose his virginity to a woman.

Around the same time, he also decided to go public with his story in a bid to extol the virtues of celibacy to anybody else out there struggling with self-esteem, or feeling disillusioned by dating.

A romantic picnic Dominic went on with his boyfriend (PA Real Life/Collect)

Sadly, though, he was met with a wave of vile comments from online trolls, who even went as far as sending him death threats.

He recalled: “I had all sorts of reaction. I was told to kill myself, told I was an embarrassment to the LGBT community and even sent death threats.

“One of the worst things was people sharing my story in a bid to promote conversion therapy, which was never my intention, and certainly not something I would ever agree with."

Dominic in 2016, before he went celibate (PA Real Life/Collect)

He added: “I never set out trying to convince other people to change sexuality. All I wanted to do was share my own story, and that is how I thought I identified at the time.

“I tried not to pay attention to the trolls, though. If it had been all my family and friends saying it, it would have been different – but those people don't know me.

“Plus I also got messages of support, and even heard from people who had been through something similar, spending years thinking they identified as one thing, only to start feeling different in later life."

Dominic (PA Real Life/Collect)

Dominic's newfound notoriety did mean that he was often recognized by girls on dating apps – many of whom would block him, or tell him they were not interested.

But he also received positive messages, with people encouraging him to be who he was, and pay no attention to internet bullies.

Then, in March 2019, he struck up a conversation with a girl he met on Facebook.

Dominic in his teenage years (PA Real Life/Collect)

They went on to date for around six weeks or so, and Dominic even introduced her to some of his family, after losing his virginity.

He recalled: “We'd been talking non-stop before we met, over the phone. We just clicked. We had our first date in London, and stayed in a hotel. Though we didn't sleep together that night, we did share a bed.

“After that, we spoke all the time, and eventually, I lost my virginity. That was something I'd really wanted to do, so I was happy."

Dominic in 2017, before he went celibate (PA Real Life/Collect)

He continued: “It wasn't some big romantic moment – more of a drunken fumble – but she said she was surprised I was a virgin which was a compliment.

“We parted ways soon after because we realized we weren't right for each other, but I'm still glad it happened, and I enjoyed it at the time.

“Dating a woman, I found, was completely different to dating men, as I wasn't used to it at all so it was all completely new to me."

"I regret labelling myself as anything at all. I am currently dating a man, but I wouldn't rule women out in the future."
–Dominic Hilton

“There were certain things I did differently. I felt like I fell into a standard gender role. I was inclined to be more of a gentleman and spoil her and treat her as a lady," he said.

“I also felt more inclined to pay for things, like contributing towards her train when she came to see me. And I felt more self-conscious about coming across as camp."

In the months that followed, Dominic was not especially thinking about returning to dating men – until he met his now-boyfriend in a bar about two months ago, and was completely swept off his feet.

Dominic in 2016, before he went celibate (PA Real Life/Collect)

Now, he does not identify as gay, straight, bisexual, pansexual or anything else, and believes that sexuality can indeed be fluid.

Open-minded as ever, he is not ruling out women, and feels an attraction to both genders – sometimes leaning more towards one than the other.

He said: “People do think sexuality can't be fluid. I've had people trying to work me out, putting this label or that on me."

Dominic (PA Real Life/Collect)

He continued: “I'm not saying everybody should feel this way, and I'm not claiming to be any one orientation.

“But right now, I'm really happy, and it feels good not to put myself in a box anymore.

“All people need to know about me is I'm Dominic, and I like what I like."

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When you know your kids backwards and forwards, this is the best tool in your arsenal.

Getting our kids to listen to us is not always the easiest of tasks. They're willful and stubborn, but we've got a mighty weapon they are rarely prepared for: reverse psychology. Getting them to convince themselves to want to do something against their own initial intentions takes some work and a whole lot of creativity, but a little sneaky manipulation goes a long way. Here are some clever parents' tricks that are definitely worth taking notes on.

Redditor u/LeanderD Asks:

Parents of reddit, what's your best example of reversed psychology on your kids that actually worked?

He Floated His Idea Through A Back Channel

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Wanted to name my boat. Anything I would think of was dismissed as stupid by my 13 year old son. After deciding on a name, I confided to a male friend my son liked. Made my friend suggest the name as though it was his idea. My son thought the name was perfect. Done.

calypsodweller

We Always Want What We Can't Have

One of my best friends through childhood used to be punished with no salad if she misbehaved. She cherishes salad now and would always try to eat as much as possible during school lunch. Coincidentally, her now husband used to be punished with no books, it had the same effect. I think it's hilarious that they'd be hitting the salad bar and library like some black market their narc parents couldn't reach hahaha.

cookiearthquake

A Deceit That's A Cut Above The Rest

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Don't know if this counts, but, at my high school (private, boys only) in the 1960's, they made a big deal about how long your hair was, and would occasionally order a boy to go home and "get a haircut".

I thought it was stupid, until years later, a master confided to me at a reunion that the policy was deliberate. The school figured we'd spend so much energy rebelling about hair length, that we would ignore other aspects of teenage rebellion. (Not?) Surprisingly, they were mostly right.

FrankDrakman

Damn! That's smart. Wow.

fangxx456

Oh they don't like long hair?

I'll show them. I'll grow my hair out as lon- what?! No I don't want to go "party"? I gotta try out this horse shampoo.

DankeyKang11

The Forbidden Book

Hi I was a victim,

There was a forbidden book that I was not allow to read on the shelf. My parents said I could only read it if I behave myself.

It was summer holidays and I was playing games all day (after 6 hrs of summer homework). One day I was home alone and had the opportunity to grabbed it. I read like half of it in one go. It was 5000 years of Chinese history.

Safe to say I was bamboozled.

oddstodd

Flowers Of The Queen

My parents always told me my broccoli were the flowers of the queen and that I really shouldn't eat them, or else the queen would get very upset! I, of course, ate the whole broccoli in a few seconds.

Subwoofy

I'm telling the queen and she's gonna be pissed

draculacletus

Sleeping Beauty

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I taught my kids when they were toddlers that no amount of yelling, shaking or hitting can wake a sleeping adult. The only thing that works is a gentle hug and/or a nice kiss on the cheek.

Edit: Probably needed some more details for the reverse psychology aspect to be clear. It went something like this - Step one, tell the kids I'm going to sleep and nothing they do will wake me (head buried face down is the safest position). Step two, after the initial onslaught dies down pretend to awaken on your own. Tell them you got a bit of nap left in you and nothing can wake you, especially not hugs and kisses.

DrMethusael

Holy sh*t...if my daughter woke me up like this I would buy her a pony.

All-Seeing_Elon

I am saving this comment because this will save lives if I ever have kids, stg.

smerter

A Walk In Someone Else's Shoes.

Split custody with my ex. When my son was around 10, he visited two weekends a month. I was waiting tables and didn't have a huge amount to spend, but he was so needy from divorce (and I'm not blaming him, it was ugly), he begged constantly for MORE when he was with me. Whatever more was, it didn't matter... he'd be eating ice cream cone and begging for teriyaki.

I finally realized that he just felt empty, and getting MORE whatever from me wasn't filling him up. His next visit I handed him $100 in cash and told him it was our food/fun budget for 3 days and two nights, and he was in charge of it. I bought him his own wallet to carry. We figured out how many times we were going to eat and what we were going to do, and he paid. He got to keep whatever money he had left...thought he was rich...then realized just how much everything cost. Well. Shoe on other foot then. If we had no money for food, we ate leftovers - and I didn't contribute more to pot. After a few weekends of running short or not getting something he actually wanted because he was foolish with funds, he started to really think about how to spend that money. He budgeted and kept to his budget. And a few times he actually went home with a little cash for his private stash.

Many years later, he thanked me for this. It really changed the way he thought about money and love.

Augumenti

This Is Worth Giving A Shot

Took my 3 year old son to one of those doctor's visits where he was going to get a shot. He was worried about the shot on the whole drive over, almost to the point of tears. We get to the doctor's office and a nurse subtly lets me know that my son is not just scheduled for 1 shot, but 5 of them in the same visit.

I turn to my son with an exaggerated smile and tell him, "Good news! They figured out how to take that one big shot you were going to get and instead break it up into these 5 little tiny shots so it won't hurt nearly as much!"

You could see the relief wash over his face. He stopped squirming and relaxed completely. He took the first shot and even smiled and said "It's true! The small ones don't hurt!"

We actually made it through the third shot before the effect wore off and reality kicked in. Still... I counted it as a victory.

blackbird77

Put This To The Taste

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My mom would tell me she only lets me eat soup after candy and she'd only buy me candy that i didn't like. After a few times, i stopped trying and begged her to let me eat soup first. She gave me a smirk and told me go ahead. This doesn't sound as evil as it was. But trust me i suffered.

turkeypr0

So what was the candy?

Poster_Main

Mint chocolate, raisins, stuff like that. I still hate them to this day. Who the f--- thought while eating chocolate "hmm id like some tooth paste with this."

turkeypr0

This is Truckin' Awesome

Mum had sworn a bit around the house.

When 4, while out at the supermarket, I said F word really loudly.

Very quickly and intently, she asked if I had just said "Truck" and said that was a bad word and not to ever say Truck like that again.

I thought that was the bad word so used that when being naughty.

GodOfTheThunder

The "Silly Mom" Routine

The "Silly Mom" routine.

My kid, and a few other kids I've known, would balk at getting ready to go. I'd grab their clothes and say, "Well, if you won't put on your clothes, I guess I'll put on your clothes. Cute shirt, by the way! Does it go on my foot?"

NO!

"Does it go on my head?"

NO! IT GOES ON ME!

"Oh, that's right, thanks! So, it must go on your legs, right?"

NO!

"I just can't figure this out! Where does this adorable shirt go?"

[kid grabs shirt and puts it on] ON MY TUMMY! SILLY MOM!

"Oh, thank you so much! Now what about these pants? Shirts go on tummies, so...the pants go on the tummy, too, right?"

NO!

[continue until kids have dressed themselves]

I would also do things like hand the kid my keys and say, "Alright, you're driving, I'll sit in the booster seat in back," attempt to feed the kid by putting a spoon up to his ear or his belly button, and attempt to put away his toys in the refrigerator.

insertcaffeine

Some Foot For Thought.

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My mum would always yell at us "if you don't do X, you have to go to bed without socks!"

I never wore socks anyway, and I'm ashamed to admit that this worked.

Splittsky

That would work really well on my son, or make him cry for a really long time... He's 3 and over the last few weeks has decided that he is fully unable to sleep without socks on.

PJQueen

Toddlers man. Completely unpredictable.

SheaRVA

I'm Greens With Envy

My mum had a friend that would put vegetables on her own plate and not the kids.

When the kids asked she would be reluctant to share, "that's grown up food. But I suppose I can let you have a little."

Her kids grew up loving vegetables.

I sat at the dinner table for 3 hours staring at the yucky cauliflower I refused to eat.

laik72

This reminds me of an instance when my child convinced my wife and myself to change our plans for dinner. We were in a grocery store to pick up something quick and easy to eat that we wouldn't have to prepare. Our daughter, wanted none of that, she demanded that she wanted a salad from the salad bar. We started to argue back, but then realized: "Our child demands that we feed her vegetables for dinner instead of a microwaved meal, why are we saying 'No?'"

We had salad for dinner that night.

Galaxy_Ranger_Bob

The Power Of Choice

I don't so much know if you would call it reverse psychology, but I didn't realize it until my dad told me this.

When there were chores that needed doing, he noticed if he asked me to mow the lawn, I would complain and procrastinate. But if he asked would I rather mow the lawn or wash the windows, I'd pick one and just get it done.

Shattered my brain when he told me when I was in my twenties. I use it when I'm coaching or baby sitting all the time and it almost never fails.

AppealToReason16

The Boy Who Cried 'Ouch'

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I've done this one with tens of kids. Any time a kid gets "hurt" (falls down on grass, gets gently hit in the face with a ball, etc.) instead of stopping the activity to pick the kid up and see if they're ok you just scoot them off to the side and resume. Within 10 seconds of not getting all the attention and seeing the fun is resuming they pop right back up and are magically healed.

This of course is only for the "injuries" that aren't actually injuries.

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