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Zac Hanson Waited Until Marriage

August 7th, 2011 by

Everybody’s got their own preference. I’m not telling everybody “Don’t go have permarital sex”. I’m just saying that I didn’t, and that seemed like the right thing to do for me.
-Zac Hanson

Special thanks to Bethe in the forums for helping me research this!

Zac Hanson is the drummer and youngest member of mega-popular 90’s boy band Hanson. For you young kids reading this, the Hanson brothers were kind of like The Jonas Brothers of the 1990’s. If you were walking upright back in the late 1990’s you probably spent at least several days with their double-platinum hit Mmmbop stuck in your head.

Despite drawing more screaming girls than a Twilight premier, all three of the Hanson brothers are known for being extremely monogamous when it comes to women. All three are married, and as far as I can tell, all three have only had one sexual partner each (their respective wives). Some try to attribute this to their semi-religious upbringing, but all three of the brothers deny this and suggest that religion had little to do with their preference for fewer, more meaningful relationships.

Although the older Hanson brothers are mostly one-women men, Zac Hanson, the youngest, is the only one of the brothers who waited all the way until his wedding night to have sex.

Mini Biography

Age 0: Born October 22, 1985 in Tulsa Oklahoma

Age 7: Having already learned how to play the piano fairly well, he borrows and old set of drums so that he can compliment brothers Isaac (guitar) and Taylor (keyboard).

Age 8: Plays his first professional live performance at the Mayfest Arts Festival in his home town.

Age 9-10: Plays around town with his brothers as they record their first two albums on their own (Boomerang and MMMBop)

Age 11: As the song MMMBop gets popular, Hanson performs at the South by Southwest music festival in Texas.

Age 12: Hanson’s new Album Middle of Nowhere, featuring the smash it MMMBop is released on May 6, 1997. It sells 10 million copies worldwide and makes the Hanson brothers into superstars. The day of their first Album’s release (May 6th) is officially dubbed “Hanson Day” in Tulsa. Their official autobiography Hanson: The Official Book reaches number 9 on the New York Times Best Sellers List.

Age 14: Zac is introduced to his future wife Kate Tucker backstage at a Hanson concert in Atlanta, Georgia. Their new record company Def Jam under-promotes their fifth major studio album This Time Around, costing them so many sales that eventually Def Jam cuts funding for Hanson’s concert tour.

Age 15-18: Tensions increase with between Hanson and Def Jam Records, who keeps refusing to release their songs (over 80 new Hanson songs were rejected by their label Def Jam as not marketable enough). Hanson splits from Def Jam and forms their own label (3CG Records). All three brothers are co-CEOs. Their new self-backed album Underneath debuts at #1 on the Billboard Top Independent Albums list.

Age 19: After dating for four years, Zac proposes to girlfriend Kate Tucker.

Age 20: On the 10th anniversary of “Hanson Day” (the May 6th holiday created by Tulsa government to commemorate the success of MMMBop), Zac and his brothers re-record their first commercial album Middle of Nowhere  to a live audience of Hanson fan club members in their home town of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Two months later in July 2007, Zac marries Kate Tucker in her home town of Atlanta.

Age 22: Zac and Kate give birth to a son, John “Shepherd” Hanson in May 2008.

Age 25: Zach and wife Kate give birth to their daughter, Junia Hanson.

Zac Hanson Discusses Waiting on The Howard Stern Show

No, you’re nice boys. You’re not out there banging anything and everything that walks, and I respect that. But you could bang a few things! As long as it’s not my kids.

-Howard Stern

Most of Zac’s great quotes about waiting till marriage come from an interview he did with his brothers on the Howard Stern Show. Predictably, they infamously-crude Howard Stern gave him some flack about not having premarital sex, and even teased his brothers about being married so young. In the end, I though Howard Stern and company were great sports about the whole abstinence thing. For all their teasing, the ended on a notes of respect.

Here’s the full interview in parts. Below each clip are some memorable parts of the transcript.

Hanson on Howard Stern – Part 1

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Howard Stern: Zac, you didn’t have premarital sex?

Zac Hanson: Ah, no.

Howard Stern: And [your wife] is the first girl you’ve ever had?

Zac Hanson: Mm-hmm.

Howard Stern: And you never had sex with a different woman?

Zac Hanson: No.

Robin Quivers: How far did you get? What would you do before you…

Zac Hanson: [avoids question]

Zac Hanson: It’s not a religious thing like somebody has some thing over you…it’s just…it’s a personal thing.

Howard Stern: No, you’re nice boys. You’re not out there banging anything and everything that walks, and I respect that. But you could bang a few things! As long as it’s not my kids.

Hanson on Howard Stern – Part 2

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Howard Stern: Do you masturbate? Do you beat off to porn?

Zac Hanson:I try not to.Howard Stern: Where did you meet this broad you married?

Zac Hanson: At a concert.

Zac Hanson:She’s a couple years older. We dated for five years.

Jimmy Kimmel: What happened on that wedding night?

Zac Hanson: Lots of good stuff.

Hanson on Howard Stern – Part 3

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Howard Stern: Zac, like how many times did you get it on with your wife on the wedding night. Was it like five times?

Zac Hanson: Yeah

Howard Stern: Like five exactly?

Zac Hanson: Well I’m not going to divulge the exact number of times.

56 Responses to “Zac Hanson Waited Until Marriage”

  1. M says:

    One slight correction – in the Howard Stern interview, both Isaac and Taylor say that they had sex before marriage, with others. But they support Zac when Howard starts to pick on him 🙂

  2. Jaclyn says:

    I have so much respect for Zac & Kate .. It should be worth the wait

  3. Clare says:

    I find Howard Stern so revolting. The way he talks about women in this interview is disgusting.

  4. Bonnie says:

    I respect Zac and Kate’s decision to wait until marriage and I am sure it makes their marriage stronger. Howard Stern is a pig and probably jealous that the Hanson guys are so respected and loved.

  5. Greg says:

    This is the coolest thing ever! I’m 45 and I waited until I got married at 26. Sean Hannity is also a big fan of waiting. For all of the silliness of the Twilight series, you have to hand it to “Edward” for being a man (ok, a vampire) of integrity and wanting to wait. “Bella” of course picks on him for being beyond old-fashioned.

    Why does this society disdain goodness?

  6. Sarah says:

    You realize this isn’t true, right? It was PR. Even though the older two stated they did have premarital sex, Zac was the very last one with the squeaky clean imagine, so why would be admit to it? He should lie to intrusive questions like that – it isn’t the public’s business. However, while the world will never know if Zac truly was a virgin or not, he was a famous star at a young age around every kind of thing imaginable. I’m not saying he didn’t wait – but the possibility that he lied because it’s NOT anyones business is very high. He didn’t knock Kate up before marriage – so, why would he have any reason too admit to his personal life? If you look back at pictures of his wife when they dated, she didn’t dress “like a lady” like she does now. His wife actually DATED Isaac before she hooked up with Zac, too.

    Again, this very well could be true – but I very highly doubt it. I would lie to Howard Stern and nosey, prying interview questions too. It is not for anyone else to know what he has done in his personal life, before – or after – marriage vows.

  7. Sarah says:

    Actually, I retract my first line/question. What I meant was – you realize that this MIGHT not be true, and could, and most likely is, PR.

  8. Jononfire says:

    Come ON; if you believe this, you’ll believe anything! Zac has always been the coyest of the bros, and the biggest rebel, with his varying styles of hair and whiskers. He’s a tease with a purpose: I’ve never seen him shirtless except in two photos, but I’ve seen three other candids of him sporting a prominent bulge as a teen, one of him laughing with Tay and Ike over the size of it. Kate was quoted pre-marriage as saying she was his GF “with benefits”; he was quoted as saying a photo shoot ran overlong because “they couldn’t get my package right”. In the group’s “5 For 5” DVD concert album, released in 2010, the guys include bull sessions about each concert with the protuberance in the front of Zac’s tight jeans an unmistakable presence. And “trying” is very different than “doing”; he “tries” not to watch porno, but is that the typical attitude of a once committed virgin?

  9. gaille says:

    i have so much respect for hanson..Howard stern was too much already..His questions were all too personal and none of his business!!

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  12. Liz says:

    Anyone remember when Zac said he drove the family van and Tay and Ike said it was dubbed the “Shaggin Wagon”?

    The guys are free to do what they want and it’s their business, but I have a hard time believing Zac was a virgin when he got married. The should have just told Howard Stern it’s none of his business and moved on. The potential lies are annoying.
    I don’t believe Taylor and Isaac only ever had sex with the women they married. I just don’t.

  13. Anonymous says:

    I don’t care if they lied or told the truth — they have their right to keep things to themselves if they want to let the world know about it. Whether Zac was telling the truth or not, the level of my respect for him never changed. Zac and Kate really look good together, ad they are happy. So let’s just mind our own business. And I love Hanson — whether they are lying about this or not.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Erratum: They have their rights to keep things to themselves if they do not want to let the world know about certain things.

  15. Liz says:

    I agree they have a right to keep things to themselves. I would have respected them more had they simply told Howard Stern it was private and not discussed it. The waffling back and forth and weird stories are just lame.

    They seem like they wanted to sound cool without completely giving up their “values”.

    What does Zac and Kate looking good together have to do with anything?

  16. laken says:

    Will I think. Zac.loves his wife and it will. Never be any one but his wife and kids

  17. Mandy says:

    get your facts right Zac and Kate didnt get married in July 2007 wrong month and not even the right year try June 2006

  18. Kate says:

    He was a virgin and He is an amazing dad! I am thankful to have been as lucky as I am and to have such a great husband.I love being a part of the family and I wouldn’t change it for anything in the world!

  19. Kate says:

    Okay if you believed that you are crazy, we totally had sex before we got married and as for the whole DATING the brother thing I thought Isaac’s real name was Mike so I was oblivious to Zac being his little brother due to his identity had been switched, and Mike never said anything. They are pretty good at keeping the family secrets, well Secret.

  20. Kim says:

    Like anyone is going to believe that Kate’s comment is really from Kate Hanson. First of all she would never have enough time to go searching for a random website and read all through the comments. Secondly, I may not like Kate, purely because I have loved Zac for 15 years and am severly jealous that I didnt have his two children, but I still know enough about her to know she would never sell out her husband like that. So please “Kate”, grow up and have some respect for the person you are trying to pose as, it is really very immature.

  21. Mike says:

    @Kim – Ha! I didn’t even notice that second comment from Kate. Would have deleted it as a troll, but then your comment would lose context.

    Still, you’d be surprised at the number of people who try to tell me that some random message board post from “Becca James” or whoever disproves that they waited. The only thing more idiotic than pretending to be a celebrity confessing some dark secret is using such a troll comment as a source in an argument.

    Anyhow, thanks for pointing that out!

  22. Joe says:

    Howard Stern is a stupid fool, rude, ignorant and shoul not be on TV.

  23. Ella says:

    I agree with Clare. Howard Stern is revolting

  24. Wendimarie says:

    I PERSONALLY do NOT believe for HALF a second that Zac Hanson was a “virgin” on the day of his marriage to his equally gorgeous wife, Kate. That bastard mercilessly teased girls, not to mention fans before AND after his marriage. I mean, let’s get one thing straight, he IS extremely hot, but to lie about something as sacred as waiting for marriage, and then to throw Southern Values- Kate under that bus-by saying that SHE was the one who wanting- who’s to say that Zachary was in fact faithful to her? I know that this whole thing sounds EXTREMELY mean, that I would think and say this stuff, but I’m just going to be honest, I think that Zac Hanson basically made an ass out of himself to Howard Stern, but even though his older brothers married THEIR pregnant girlfriends, Zac was acting as though he was completely innocent- and maybe he was- but he STILL acts like a Man-Tramp. Basically the only difference between him and Gene Simmons, well, at least Gene is HONEST about what he does without Shannon- and he doesn’t lie about everything he does, to fans, his wife, or otherwise.

  25. wendimarie says:

    I have ALWAYS been an ardent on-off Hanson fan, and if Zac and Kate’s relationship was always ultra-stong, and they were deeply involved, then so what if him and Kate were intimately involved,then all that passionate power to them! Besides, they do seem VERY much in love, their love life is and has always been theirs, and ONLY theirs. But anyhow, Zac PLEASE stop teasing your female fans, it makes you look bad, and your marriage should mean more to you than being a “Sex Symbol” or whatev. Be Kate’s Sex Symbol, she’s your wife. If I am wrong about Zac being an infamous tease, than I APOLOGIZE to both of you. Sincerely.

  26. Kim says:

    @Mike- glad to be of service! 😉

  27. Bobbi says:

    It doesn’t really matter what anyone thinks. It’s Zac’s life, Zac’s business,and Zac’s choice.

  28. Lauren says:

    My goodness some of you are really sheltered. Oh my, he experimented with facial hair…he was such a rebel. Therefore he is lying. Please, I’ve met met with more tattoos and a couple of Mo hawks and they waited. It isn’t about appearance. Just because someone makes a joke about sex, etc doesn’t mean he lied about waiting. Wow.

  29. Anonymous says:

    Zac did with Chuck

  30. What? says:

    Oh please, Zac and Taylor have been going at it for years. Have none of you ever heard of Zaylor?

  31. Anonymous says:

    I don’t have any opinion about whether or not Zac was telling the truth, and I never saw anything that is contrary to his story.

    But whoever wrote this article, saying that Taylor and Isaac seem to have only had sex with one woman each, was clearly not around on the tour in 2004, before Isaac got serious with his wife. 2 different occasions I saw him pile into a cab with girls after the show while the crew was packing everything up, and later the bus swung by a hotel to pick him up on the way out of town. On a separate occasion, Isaac invited a friend of mine onto the bus and was hitting on her heavily – until he found out she was only 17 and put an end to it (so, points for that, Isaac). I acknowledge that it’s not proof of anything, but its enough anecdotal evidence for me.

  32. Melissa says:

    That’s awesome Zac waited till marriage (: most people these days don’t now days

  33. Courtney says:

    Those boys are NOT as innocent as they try to be. Lol we hung out after on of their shows on their bus. Super nice guys. But not squeaky clean. Well, Zac might be telling the truth. The other two however weren’t lol

  34. Ramona says:

    Zac is my favorite

  35. Krissy says:

    I can’t say either way about what they’ve done and do with their private lives. I like to think that he waited and lost his virginity to Kate. It makes their marriage seem a little more special since they seem so in love. At least to me. Taylor may have only been with Natalie as well but they did break up for awhile and got serious again when Natalie ended up pregnant. But hey they got married and have stayed together.
    Same goes for Isaac and Nikki. Now I definitely do not believe that Nikki is the only girl that Isaac has been with. He dated Marit Larsen from M2M for a year. And in a VH1 special back in 2004 it was said that Isaac ‘chased skirts’.
    Taylor and Zac are definitely big flirts. There was some questionable photos a few years back of Taylor with 2 girls. And in 2007 when they did their acoustic set to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the release of Middle of Nowhere, I was able to speak with the band afterwards. I was touching all over Zac’s chest (I swear I had no control over my hands!) and he was completely unfazed. Maybe he is just use to it that he doesn’t even notice it. And by this time he had been married to Kate for almost a year. FYI they were married on June 3, 2006. I distinctly remember this because they got married the same year I did and on my husband’s birthday!
    But again I like to think that Zac is telling the truth. Maybe I’m bias because he was and is my favorite.
    P.S. I have no idea why I went in depth and wrote a novel.

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  37. iknowbetter says:

    All I will say is I could blow this to hell (wink)

  38. WhatThe? says:

    Guys,I do not care if Zac was or wasn’t a virgin?
    First of all,it’s personal! It stays between Zac & Kate.
    And Howard Stern should mind his own bussines,and not to put his nose where ever and when ever he wants. I respect guys,and I really don’t know why are we disscusing over this!If Zac didn’t want to tell,so what we’re going to make a big deal of it? He can lie if he wants to lie,but he has every right not to tell anybody. Oh and little advice for you who are thinking that Zac’s lying,why do you even care. Look at your life before you look someone elses.

  39. Ramona says:

    I love you Zac hanson

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  43. Bernadine says:

    I’ve been a huge fan of Zac since 97 wether Zac telling the truth or not well We have to respect that it’s his own life..

  44. Country Girl Kiss says:

    I think Howard Stern is trash,never did like his show or him.He has a one track mind.I think its great that you waited till your married.It s no one business.longs your happy that’s all it matters.I have Loved you Hanson Brothers every since you started singing.when I watched you on the Greatest Hits show I was soo happy it brought back good memories .All three of you are VERY Good looking guys.keep up the awesome music.I would love to see you Hanson in concert.God Bless You All.

  45. Kathy says:

    Weeeeeeeh…di nga..

  46. Abby says:

    Women, please don’t feel guilty for having sex before marriage. Sexuality is natural and beautiful. The pressure to wait until marriage to lose virginity is a patriarchal hold-over. It comes from men thinking of women as their property​ and the insecurity it gives them to think that a woman has sexual atonomy. Women come into their power when they claim their sexuality and don’t feel pressured by ‘rules’ that shame women for enjoying sex.

  47. Man Of Faith says:

    The thing is there is a God who knows what is best for us. We do not always know. There is a way that seems right to people, but the end is destruction. I still have feelings for a lady whom I found out had terrible issues with loneliness, and sex. I caught her one morning while bringing flowers, so we would get back to gather. I found her in her bed with another man that morning, and it just ruined everything. The man was in his under wear, and tried to hide behind the door. He knew who I was alright. We had broken up a couple months before that, and I so wanted to be back with her. I do not think any thing intimate occurred, but she was so lonely having caught her husband cheating on her. Of course I thought the worse, and had suggested marriage before while we were dating. It was heart breaking believe me. I was a Christian who strayed, and am still stuck with a life time VD in my body. From thinking we would be getting married, so it would not matter, but it did. My heart was broken, and I could not see how any girl would want me now. I have cried many bitter tears, and I wish I had waited that is for sure.

  48. Little bob says:

    What a joke.
    They jumped on everything that wore a skirt.
    Several at a time, no doubt.

  49. Gail says:

    None of you know! And so what!

  50. Sandy says:

    I believe him. He reminds me of my son. I love them all.

  51. Sandy says:

    He reminds me of my son. I believe him.

  52. Sandy’s son says:

    My mom is right. I do look like him.

  53. Laura C says:

    I think it’s totally his own business of course, and people are saying Howard Stern should have asked or was rude to ask… well they must have known what they were in for going on that show to begin with! This question would not have come as a shock to them so I’m sure beforehand they had time to think about how much they wanted to share or say about their personal lives. If you don’t appreciate the type of person Howard Stern is or the kind of interview he does just remember, Hanson willingly went on that kind of show!

  54. Sandy says:

    All I know for sure is I loved them years ago and I still love them now. Their music means so much to me. They make me feel happy.

  55. Sandy’s Son’s Son says:

    Yeah Dad! You do look like him.

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