A debate broke out on GMB this morning about whether people should be showering before getting intimate with their partner amid sightings of bed bugs in London.
Blogger Carla Belucci claimed people should always ‘freshen up’ before getting down and dirty because you ‘don’t know where people have been’.
But presenter and journalist Ellie Phillips argued pressing pause on the action to have a wash can ‘stop the excitement’ and ruin the spontaneity.
‘I don’t go the gym, my only exercise it getting down and dirty so I’m like, “If I’m going to get sweaty and I’m dirty as it is, let’s crack on”,’ Ellie said.
The debate comes after videos surfaced of bed bugs on the London underground and commuters have been avoiding sitting on the seats on their way to work.
The debate comes after news of the bed bug infestation in Paris making its way to the UK
Sparking the debate, Carla said one shower a day simply is not enough, adding: ‘I don’t want anything smelling – feet, breath, anything. For me it has to be clean, if not I get the ick.’
Ellie then asked how soon after showering would be an acceptable amount of time to have sex before another a shower was needed.
‘How soon before the act are you having to shower, is it five minutes, is it 10 minutes?’ she said.
‘Because for me, if I’m going on a date night with my husband, we go out for dinner, we go to the theatre, we come home and we want to have a bit of fun time. We’re just going to let it happen, we’re going to go with it.’
A debate broke out on GMB this morning about whether people should be showering before getting intimate with their partner amid sightings of bed bugs in London
Blogger Carla Belucci (right) claimed people should always ‘freshen up’ before getting down and dirty because you ‘don’t know where people have been’ but presenter and journalist Ellie Phillips (left) argued pressing pause on the action to have a wash can ‘stop the excitement’ and ruin the spontaneity
Ellie added: ‘I don’t want to like you know break that up, stop the excitement, be like: “Wait, hang on there just five minutes”.’
But Carla said she would just make the excuse of needing the toilet so she could pop off for five minutes to ‘freshen up’.
‘Even if I had to sit in the sink I would do it,’ she said. ‘Just freshen up. I would be uncomfortable otherwise.’
As she burst out laughing, Ellie asked if Carla would expect her husband to do the same, to which the blogger replied: ‘No, no I would.’
‘It’s a bit of a mood killer though isn’t it?’ Ellie asked, as Susanna Reid said five minutes is ‘quite a long time in the world of spontaneity’.
But Carla doubled down and admitted she has a ‘phobia of germs’ and when you’ve been out all day a freshen up is needed.
Ellie said she would be ‘concerned’ about the personal hygiene of a person if she felt she had to ask them to shower before they got intimate.
She explained: ‘I think if I had to tell someone to go and have a shower I’d be concerned about their general personal hygiene. Because I think if you’re going to sleep with someone and you’re worried about where they’ve been, then maybe you shouldn’t be sleeping with them.’
Susanna turned to Ellie and said that with the videos surfacing of bed bugs on the tube, would she agree with asking someone to ‘just hose yourself down’ because ‘I don’t know what you might be harbouring’.
‘Every circumstance is different,’ Ellie said. ‘For example, say if you’re getting home at 5 oclock and you want to have a shower fine. But does that mean when it’s 10 o clock at night and you’re getting into bed with your other half, does that mean you have to have another shower because that time has lapsed?’
Sparking the debate, Carla (right) said one shower a day simply is not enough, adding: ‘I don’t want anything smelling, feet, breath, anything. For me it has to be clean, if not I get the ick’
People on social media were quick to express where they sat on the debate, with some siding with Carla on staying clean and others agreeing with Ellie
‘The idea that you have to stop what you’re doing, break that spontaneity, put pause on the fun, completely kill the mood to then go and have a shower.’
People on social media were quick to express where they sat on the debate, with one person on X, formerly known as Twitter, siding with Carla saying: ‘Some of y’all are nasty… it feels so nice to have a shower/bath and put on something nice. A sweaty body on you is gross lol #GMB.’
While another wrote: ‘I’m with the girl who wants to be clean… go and have a shower. Nobody wants unpleasant smells and that goes both ways.’
But not everyone agreed, with someone saying: ‘You are sharing bodily fluids, I think having a ‘freshen up’ before getting frisky, even if I had a shower before, would completely put me off.’
And sharing a GIF of Ru Paul’s drag race star Chi Chi DeVayne, another said: ‘If you stay ready… you don’t need to get ready!’