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At the 2008 Video Music Awards, Sparks made headlines while presenting an award with John Legend. In response to a comment made by Russell Brand about the Jonas Brothers' purity rings, the American Idol winner replied, "You know, it's not bad to wear a purity ring, because not everyone--guy or girl--wants to be a slut!"
She later said she wished she had worded her statement differently, so as not to imply that everyone who doesn't wear a purity ring is a slut, but ultimately said she didn't regret standing up for what she believed in.
Photos: Jordin Sparks Then and Now