The 26-year-old Seattle Seahawks quarterback revealed as much in an interview with Pastor Miles MacPherson at the Rock Church in San Diego on Sunday. Wilson and Ciara have been linked since April, but the couple did not confirm their relationship until now.
"She's everything you could ever want," he lauded of the 29-year-old singer. "The most beautiful woman in the world. She's the most kind person, the most engaging person. I could probably learn more from her. Everything I could ever want."
"God spoke to me and said, 'I need you to lead her,'" he recalled. "And I was like, 'Really?' And he was like, 'No, I want you and need you to lead her.' So I told her, 'What would you do if we took all of that extra stuff [like sex] off the table and just did it Jesus' way?' And she was relieved."
Russell said he and Ciara were brought together to bless each other and share their message with others. The NFL star said they are able to experience love without sex, but jokingly asked for fans' prayers because the singer is a "15" on the "10" scale.
Russell was married to his high school sweetheart, Ashton Meem, from 2012 to 2014, while Ciara was previously engaged to Future. She and the rapper called off their engagement in August 2014, and share one child, 14-month-old son Future Zahir.