07/21/2011 01:47 pm ET | Updated Sep 20, 2011

Jessica White Talks Celibacy, Not Wanting To Make The Same Mistakes caught up with Jessica White to talk about her love life.

The swimsuit model recently told Bossip that she's been celibate for about a year, adding, "I'm the type of girl that always had male friends, more male friends than female friends. So just because you see me with the person doesn't mean that I'm kicking it with them, hanging out with them or we're romantically involved in any way, shape or form."

White revealed to Essence, "I made a vow to God last year, after so many letdowns and the relationship with my ex [presumably Sean Penn], and I knew I really didn't want to continue making the same mistakes anymore."

She explained:

Women nowadays, we connect physically too soon without actually getting to know the person. If you don't actually give this person your body and then they let you down, there really isn't a great disappointment; not like it would be if you have already connected physically. I started going on that journey, and I thought to myself, you know what, the next man that I give my body to will be the man that God brought into my life.

I never said that I'm going to wait until marriage. I said it would be a man that I actually know is going to put a ring on my finger.

White also mentioned that she's currently in love with somebody. All in all she seems fairly Zen about her life these days, which is an accomplishment considering the recent drama she's endured: after being arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault on a woman in October, the Sports Illustrated model appeared in court last month where a judge mandated, among other things, anger management classes as punishment.