Celebrity News: ‘Bachelor’ Arie Luyendyk Jr. Justifies First Impression Rose Pick

By Rachel Sparks

This celebrity news is stirring up some fire! Bachelor Arie Luyendyk Jr. chose who to gave his first rose to, and according to EOnline.comhis choice made a lot of people mad. Single mom from Maine Chelsea threw insults around, upsetting the other women and the viewers, but to Arie, she was taking the initiative he wanted to see. Arie is confident that viewers will change their mind about Chelsea; he hasn’t yet!

This celebrity news has us in Arie’s corner. What are some ways to know if someone appreciates you with no ulterior motive?

Cupid’s Advice:

We all dream of being on the ‘Bachelor’ and being handed that rose, but like Arie, there are many times we can doubt the true intentions of someone. A lot of people will try and use someone in Arie’s situation for their own personal gain, so how can you remain secure in others’ advances? Read Cupid’s dating advice:

1. They seek you out often: Arie was driven by Chelsea’s relentless pursuit of him. It’s confidence-boosting when someone keeps coming after you. How do you know they’re doing it for the right reasons? Pay attention to when and how they seek you out. If they’re gaining a lot of attention for it, the situation is less about you and more about them.

Related Link: Celebrity News: Peter Kraus Speaks Out About Arie Luyendyk Jr. Becoming ‘The Bachelor’

2. They ask the right questions: Dating is prying in the beginning, but what kind of information someone is digging for makes a big difference. Asking someone about their interests and aspirations is a genuine connection-forming question, rather than asking about money or how luxurious their home is.

Related Link: Celebrity News: Arie Luynedyk Jr. Hands Out First Impression Rose on Season Premier of ‘The Bachelor’

3. They listen: Listening is one of the most crucial parts to building a strong foundation of communication, and as any relationship advice will say, communication is key. If they listen to you and genuinely respond, you know you’ve found someone who’s main interest is you.

How do you know when someone is being genuine with you? Share your dating tips below!

Relationship Advice: Keys to Growing a Business When the Marriage is Over

By Amy Osmond Cook, Ph.D

Hollywood certainly has its share of dramatic endings — relationship endings, that is. Stars like Laurence Fishburne, Fergie, Chris Pratt, Jennifer Hudson, and Danica Patrick, to name a few, were invested in a long-term celebrity relationship and either personally or professionally called it quits. But what happens when a couple’s livelihood relies on maintaining a relationship after the marriage is over?

Christina and Tarek El Moussa can relate. After becoming household names as co-hosts of HGTV’s hit reality TV show Flip or Flop, they publicly announced their celebrity divorce just over a year ago. Despite moving on in their personal lives, both are committed to working together to make their successful business grow.

Related Link: Celebrity Divorce: Christina & Tarek El Moussa Announce Break-Up 

It’s not uncommon for former partners to maintain a business relationship. There are an estimated 3.3 million businesses in the U.S. that are jointly owned by spouses. In some cases, a partner buys out the remaining portion of the business. But in a growing number of cases, the former married couple opt to remain invested in the business long after the divorce is final.

“I worked with one business where, actually, [the ex-spouses] were better business partners and got along better after the divorce and stayed together within the business for a while,” says Dann Van Der Vliet, executive director of the Smith Family Business Initiative at the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University. Van Der Vliet believes that, when the divorce relieves the anxiety in a relationship, the partners can focus on the strengths they contribute to the business.

Reality TV Stars Open Up About Celebrity Divorce & Share Relationship Advice

I talked with Christina and Tarek about their transition from a blended life to one that is now exclusively professional. They shared five rules they follow to maintain a positive and supportive professional relationship, even though they now lead separate personal lives:

1. Be professional: Part of their success derives from their ability to separate professional obligations from personal responsibilities. “We believe in this company, and that means keeping our personal lives separate,” Tarek explains. “When we’re on set, it’s like a different life than what we live outside of the set. When we’re doing our job, we’re doing our job.”

Related Link: Relationship Advice: Is Your Job Killing Your Relationship?

2. Focus on the ultimate goal: Whether it’s personal or business, staying focused on your goals can help minimize distractions. “Every day that we film, I remember why I’m there,” says Tarek. He says his priority is to support his kids and family. “Second, I remember how I worked my entire life to build this thing. I don’t want to throw it away because of a divorce. We are good at what we do,” he adds. “We love flipping houses, and we enjoy delivering a great TV show that helps change people’s lives.”

3. Put kids first: Tarek and Christina understand that it is in everyone’s best interest to get along. “Children come first, and that means doing things that are best for them,” says Christina. “In our children’s case, it was in their best interest to do things together.” Often that decision requires some sacrifice and adjustments on the parent’s part.

4. Don’t sweat the small stuff: When tensions are high, it seems everything is a big deal. Immediately after a divorce, no matter how amicable, there is going to be a transition period. “Take time apart in all areas to better understand what you want,” says Kate Taylor. “As you redefine your relationship, you should draw clear lines around your roles and responsibilities at work.”

Christina quickly discovered that not everything is worth fighting about. “When you’re not with that person, you’re not entitled to have those disagreements anymore,” she shares. “When Tarek and I first separated, if there was a disagreement, it was important that we walk away from it.” When disagreements happen, her rule is: Don’t react, because that is the moment when you need to think more clearly.

Related Link: Relationship Advice: Six Ways to Keep Work and Life Demands in Balance

5. Keep it fun: Tarek and Christina make sure to contribute to a positive work environment. Their professionalism means everyone feels happy and comfortable when they are at work. “We have a great crew,” says Christina. “We’ve been friends with all of them for a long time. Because of that, it makes everything much easier because it’s such a great workplace.”

There are those who are skeptical that this type of relationship can work, but Christina is unfazed by the criticism. “Business is what we’ve always done best together. Tarek and I both agree that we work great together regardless of whether or not we are married,” she explains. “We make a great co-parenting team as well. There is nothing I would have done differently.”

For more information about and articles by our relationship expert Dr. Amy Osmond Cook, click here.

Celebrity Couple Jennifer Aniston & Justin Theroux Are Still Going Strong Despite Split Rumors

By Rachel Sparks

Celebrity couple Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux celebrated Christmas together, despite rumors of a celebrity divorce. Though the couple doesn’t spend a lot of time together, a close friend revealed to UsMagazine.com that the two were weekend lovers. In between shootings of both their projects, Aniston would fly up to New York City to visit husband Theroux. Aniston spent time alone in L.A., her west coast preference the driving force for some independent time, but the the couple is reportedly still going strong.

This celebrity couple isn’t headed for Splitsville, despite rumors. What are some ways to keep gossip from affecting your relationship?

Cupid’s Advice:

We’re all victims of gossip, so it’s not unfamiliar when the negative words are directed towards your relationship. Despite the former acquaintance with rumors, they can still hurt your relationship. Read Cupid’s relationship advice to help you and your love survive:

1. Sometimes, it comes from deep love: Understanding that gossip can come from a deep place of love doesn’t negate the effects of the rumors, but it can help you and your partner avoid too much heartache. When family gossips, they want to get to know what’s going on in your life. Not everyone gossips from love, but recognizing who the words are coming from and why it’s being said can help you move past the gossip.

Related Link: Celebrity News: Jennifer Aniston Slams Pregnancy Rumors, Paparazzi, & More

2. Communicate openly: Be sure to talk openly and honestly with your partner. What they say is far more important than what anyone else says. Sure, some rumors are very hard to ignore and may test the trust you and your partner have built, but without believing in your love, there’s no way the two of you can make it through gossip. Remain open and honest and you two can make it through anything.

Related Link: Celebrity News: Justin Theroux Reveals How Marriage to Jennifer Aniston Works

3. Cut out the negativity: Ultimately, if people cannot stop gossiping about you and your partner, cut them out. If you’ve approached the origin of the negative words and asked them to stop and they won’t, keep your distance. It’s hard when it’s family, but family has to understand that your choice is your’s alone. Until they respect that, keeping away negativity will help you and your partner heal.

How have you and your partner made it through rumors? Share your advice below!

Relationship Advice: How to Emotionally Connect with a Man

On this week’s Single in Stilettos dating advice video, founder and relationship expert Suzanne Oshima talks to love and dating coach Jaki Sabourin about how to emotionally connect with a man and get engaged at any age. Watch the video above for their best relationship advice!

Relationship Advice to Help You Emotionally Connect with a Man

Here are three ways that women can connect emotionally with a man:

1. Be interested instead of interesting: The fastest way to connect emotionally is to be curious about your date. “When we’re trying to be interesting, we’re nervous and feeling self-conscious. We really fail to notice the man in front of us — who he is, the red flags, what he’s doing,” Sabourin explains. Being interested in him will encourage him to lower his guard and really tell you about himself. “Get curious!” Oshima adds.

Related Link: Dating Advice Video: Stop Attracting Emotionally Unavailable Men

2. Be vulnerable: Be open and honest. Real vulnerability comes from a place of being able to accept yourself. “You’re going to be able to be vulnerable with a man directly proportionate to your ability to accept who you are,” the dating coach says. Vulnerability is very attractive because it’s real, and being as real as possible will create a connection right away.

Related Link: Relationship Advice: How to Get Men to Fall Into Your Lap

3. Be less agreeable: It’s a big turn-off when a woman just wants to please a man. “They want to know what your likes are, what turns you on, what gets you excited about life,” Sabourin shares. “Be a little more sassy and stand in your truth.”

For more dating advice videos and additional information about the Single in Stilettos shows, click here.

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Royal Celebrity Couple News: William & Kate Will Host Harry & Meghan for the Holidays

By Rachel Sparks

With all this holiday cheer and celebrity wedding planing fun, what’s more exciting than this royal celebrity news? According to UsMagazine.comPrince Harry and Meghan Markle have a family-filled Christmas holiday. They’ll start Christmas Eve with Queen Elizabeth II at her Sandrigham House, then spend the rest of the holiday with Prince William and Duchess Kate as their official house guests. Slated with plans, they’ll spend brunch-time at St. Mary Magdalene Church and enjoy a massive feast with two turkeys, a third bird being sent up to the nursery for the royal children.

Even celebrity couples celebrate the holidays with family. What are some ways to keep the drama out of your family reunion?

Cupid’s Advice:

Let’s be honest, not everyone likes their family. Holidays pressure us to spend time with our more distant relatives, but that only adds more stress. Snide comments, little jabs, and passing judgements end up hurting a lot of feelings and causes drama. Our relationship advice will get you through this holiday season with as little family drama as possible:

1. Be grateful: Not everyone can visit their families, so realize that, despite the drama, there are people who are envious of you and your family. No, your family isn’t perfect. There’s fights and screaming children and disappointed parents, but families are messy. Revel in the fact you have so many people around you who, at the end of the day, love you. That’s a lot to appreciate.

Related Link: Relationship Advice: 4 Survival Tips When Bah Humbug Meets Father Christmas During the Holidays 

2. Anticipate triggers: It’s hard to remain cheerful when you know your brother is going to comment on your weight. Expecting these snide comments can help alleviate some of the frustration and anger when they do occur. You may be able to ignore these comments and just have a good time, and that is something that will drive your family crazy if they’re wanting to push your buttons. Set a new trend: ignore jabs and experience joy.

Related Link: Relationship Advice: Kinds of People Most Likely to Get the Holiday Blues

3. Banish black-and-white thinking: We all want the holidays to be magnificent. We want our kids to have the same joyful memories we did, full of magic. We want to genuinely enjoy seeing our family and reconnecting with them. People don’t always meet these expectations, accidents happen, fights break out, kids cry, and that holiday cheer you pictured isn’t what’s playing out. Put aside expectations and realize set-backs happen, but that doesn’t mean the whole holiday is ruined. Don’t dwell on the problems; instead, enjoy every moment for what it is.

How do you survive family holidays with the least amount of drama? Share your tips below!

Celebrity Getaway: Prince Harry & Meghan Markle Plan Vacation Ahead of Wedding

Cupid's Pulse Article: Celebrity Getaway: Prince Harry & Meghan Markle Plan Vacation Ahead of Wedding

Prince Harry & Meghan Markle. Photo: Twitter/@foodandwine

By Rachel Sparks

We’re just as excited for the royal celebrity couple as they are! The royal celebrity wedding plans are moving along at lightening speed. Meghan Markle, a Protestant, is making plans to get baptized and confirmed at the Church of England. The televised wedding ceremony and reception are set to take place in Windsor Castle. According to UsMagazine.com, amidst all of the wedding planning, the happy couple are planning a celebrity getaway somewhere sunny, set to come back refreshed for their 2018 wedding!

This duo is heading for a celebrity getaway pre-wedding! What are some benefits to a pre-nuptials getaway?

Cupid’s Advice:

The wedding season is all about you and your partner, so enjoy the time celebrating your partnership. Sometimes, though, wedding planning gets stressful and you need to reconnect with your partner to remind yourselves of the joy for this season. Here’s Cupid’s relationship advice for your wedding planning:

1. Reconnect: Amidst all the stress of wedding planning, it’s easy to start getting frustrated with your future spouse. During these times arguments can start, creating doubt (cold feet) before the wedding.  Taking time away to reconnect with your spouse will solidify your relationship and help remind you both why you’re getting married.

Related Link: Celebrity Wedding: Source Says Prince Henry & Meghan Markle Are Engaged & Will Have a Summer Wedding

2. Escape the stress: getting away means no wedding planning, which should mean no stress. Your wedding is about you, and at the end of the day, whatever you forgot or whatever goes wrong doesn’t matter because you’re married to the love of your life. As long as you have a great best man and maid of honor, you have nothing to stress about while you’re gone!

Related Link: Royal Celebrity Wedding: Prince Henry & Meghan Markle’s Wedding Venue and Date Revealed

3. Celebrate yourselves: In case the stress sucks you in, you need to remind you and your love what the wedding means. You’re celebrating the love you have for each other and the faith you have in your relationship. Taking a mini vacay before the wedding can help you guys celebrate like you should be!

Have you taken a vacation pre-nuptials or do you wish you had? Share your advice below!

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Celebrity Break-Up: How Jennifer Lawrence & Darren Aronofsky’s Age Difference Led to Their Split

By Rachel Sparks

We’re sad to see this celebrity couple split. Jennifer Lawrence, 26, and celebrity ex director Darren Aronofsky, 48, broke up just one month after the release of mother!, the movie where they met. According to People.coma source told the magazine that the age difference between Lawrence and Aronofsky was likely the cause for the end of their relationship. The source says that though the couple was extremely infatuated with and respected each other, the differences in life experiences was the cause of this celebrity break-up.

This celebrity break-up happened back in September, but we are just now getting some more details. What are some factors to consider when it comes to age in a relationship?

Cupid’s Advice:

When Cupid strikes, rationale is forgotten. It’s not always logical who we fall in love with, but sometimes it’s important to sit down and evaluate a relationship. Age doesn’t have to be a negative factor between two people. The Olsen twins are notorious for dating older men, and despite what critics may see, the longevity of their relationships speaks to their happiness. There are things to talk about with your partner to ensure that age will not have a long-term effect between you two. Here is Cupid’s relationship advice:

1. Children: Let’s knock the biggie out right off the bat. Sometimes older partners may not want kids, may not be able to have them, or already have some. Children are a huge factor in many people’s relationships. Are you and your partner on the same page in regards to this? Age doesn’t have to have any impact on the ability or desire to have children, but be sure both you and your partner are open and honest about what you want when it comes to children.

Related Link: Celebrity Baby: Mary-Kate Olsen & Husband Olivier Sarkozy ‘Really Want a Baby’

2. Friends: We all tend to to hang out with people who are similar to us. While ages may vary in friendships, more often that not we gravitate to people who are close to our age because, generally speaking, life evolves on similar paths. If you’re around a bunch of older friends, will you be intimidated or inspired? Will you feel left out or will you grow and feel like part of the group?

Related Link: Celebrity Wedding: John Stamos & Girlfriend Caitlin McHugh Are Engaged

3. Life-experiences: Older ages have dealt with kids, divorce, education, careers, health issues, etc., while younger people are likely still trying to figure out life. Sometimes moments occur where there’s tension because of these differences. Age differences are not impossible to work with in a relationship. The older person likely places more value on the relationship because of their past experiences, adding more depth to the relationship; however, there will be challenges. Just be certain this is something the both of you  are willing to work through.

Have you been in a relationship where there’s been a major age difference? How did that impact your relationship? Share you tips below!