Celebrity Interview: ‘The Cycle’ Co-Host Aliya-Jasmine Sovani on Work, Life, Love and Balancing It All

Cupid's Pulse Article: Celebrity Interview: ‘The Cycle’ Co-Host Aliya-Jasmine Sovani on Work, Life, Love and Balancing It All

Aliya-Jasmine Soavni. Photo: Instagram

By Noelle Downey

Aliya-Jasmine Sovani is one of the newest voices at NBC with the talk show she co-hosts, The Cycle, now airing digitally to reach a millennial audience. With her show, she strives to make the news more accessible to young people by creating a haven for a well-researched blend of political, pop culture, and sports news that so many viewers wish they could find with just a quick Google search on their phones. And now they can, thanks to The Cycle. When she’s done at work, the co-host has a life full of love, laughs, fashion, and friends to enjoy. In our recent celebrity interview, Sovani opens about how she manages to have it all, from her dream job to true love.

Aliya-Jasmine Sovani Spills Details on Her New NBC Talk Show The Cycle in Celebrity Interview

While The Cycle may be hosted by NBC, one of the biggest networks around, Sovani insists that this new digital take on a talk show is bringing something brand new and accessible to younger viewers — and a lot of that has to do with the tone of the show. “Imagine Anderson Cooper doing the six o’clock news and then going home in the evening, and he throws a black v-neck T-shirt and cracks open a beer,” she explains with a laugh. “The way that he would explain his day to Andy Cohen at night over a drink is the way that we try to do the news every day.”

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Of course, it’s not just the tone; it’s also the content, which the co-host says is chosen with younger viewers in mind. “We’ll do all the biggest headlines when it comes to world news and politics, but we also cover sports and pop culture,” she says, “so if Kendrick Lamar drops a new album, we’ll talk about that with the same kind of importance.”

In this new digital world, convenience is everything. Sovani believes it was important to make this show as easy to access on-the-go as possible to match the fast-paced life of most modern millenials. “Our show is completely made to watch on your phone, which I think is really cool and forward-thinking,” the co-host shares. “This is new: the idea of traditional news networks pushing out content to a millennial audience using digital and social platforms. Being able to be part of that movement, as a storyteller and as a journalist, is really rad and incredibly fulfilling. Not only am I getting to tell stories that I care about, but I’m able to tell them on a platform that I also use to consume information.”

The Cycle Co-Host Dishes on Her Favorite Date Night

Of course, with a new show and such a busy work schedule, Sovani has to set some serious boundaries to make sure that she can find time to just relax. So what are her secrets for achieving that perfect work-life balance? “I live about three blocks from the ocean. I have a little rescue mutt, and I bring him to the ocean every single morning, and that’s kind of my tranquility,” she says in our celebrity interview. “I also have a rule at home: I don’t have my phone in my bedroom at all. I won’t even use it as an alarm. And I have a ‘no weekends’ policy. So the only time I’ll check my email and my phone on the weekends is on Sunday night at 6 p.m., just to get ready for Monday.”

During these social media and digital fasts, Sovani still has plenty to entertain her: “I just let my weekends be about me and my dog and my boyfriend,” she enthuses. “We really like to go out for brunch, and we spend a lot of our weekends at the ocean. For me, that’s everything.”

Related Link: Do-It-Yourself Date Night Advice from HGTV Host Monica Pedersen

Sovani isn’t just making strides in her professional life; she’s also taking big steps in her celebrity relationship. She admits that this is the first time she’s ever lived with a boyfriend, so she’s concentrating on keeping things fresh and fun. “I think it’s very easy to get into a routine where all you guys talk about is work when you get home,” she explains, “so we decided to try to go to more comedy shows! Instead of just doing a dinner date night, we decided to start doing ‘dinner and comedy’ nights. We’ll see the show, and then we can go for dinner and talk about it and the world at large.”

So is laughter truly the best medicine? For Sovani and her special someone, it certainly is. “I think that it reminds you of why you were intellectually attracted to that person,” she reveals. “For both of us, that’s what we find really attractive about each other. So that’s been a great addition to our relationship.”

Aliya-Jasmine Sovani Reveals Her Go-To Fashion Item

Of course, whether in the office or on date night, Sovani is committed to looking fantastic. And there’s one item that she just can’t live without: “Sheath dresses are my new thing that I love in my 30’s,” she gushes. “I have these really great leather Oxford booties that I wear with my sleeveless sheath dresses and maybe a blazer thrown on top for work. Then, in the evening, all I have to do is replace those shoes with a cute pump and my briefcase with a nice little Chanel bag. That’s been my new date night trick.”

Related Link: Fashion Advice: Choose the Perfect Date Night Dress

With style tips as good as that, Sovani is clearly in-the-know when it comes to trends, and her knowledge of celebrity news is just as on point. Her favorite bits of celeb gossip right now are focused on two powerhouse ladies: Kim Kardashian and Serena Williams. “I read a headline about how Kim is being really open about getting a surrogate to have her next child. I know for many woman, that’s been a taboo topic,” she says. “So I think it’s really interesting that she’s being very open with it. It’s opening up a dialogue for women who might not be able to have children and who have thought about that.”

And it turns out the journalist is also a huge fan of how Williams recently shared her pregnancy photos. “I think that’s really incredible because she has this iconic strong female body and all women are pressured into looking certain ways,” Sovani explains. “Female athletes especially spend so much time conditioning their bodies, so for her to flip the switch and watch her body transform publically is really brave.”

Tune into The Cycle and follow Aliya-Jasmine on Instagram @AliyaJasmine for more from this up-and-coming millennial news superstar!

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Celebrity Interview: Former ‘Bachelorette’ Ali Fedotowsky Shares Her Tips on Staying Fit as a New Mom

Interview by Lori Bizzoco. Written by Noelle Downey.

It’s no secret that, when it comes to being a new mother, things can get pretty hectic. This sentiment certainly rings true for celebrity mom and former star of The Bachelorette, Ali Fedotowsky. She recently chatted with CupidsPulse.com about her best survival tips for maintaining work-life balance, how to find time for fitness, and her exciting partnership with healthy snack company, goodnessKNOWS. Plus, she dishes on all things Bachelorette and Rachel Lindsay’s search for love so far!

Celebrity Mom Ali Fedotowsky on How She Stays Fit

There’s no doubt about it: Fedotowsky is busy! With her recent March wedding and her daughter Molly’s first birthday coming up in early July (they’re celebrating with a unicorn-themed backyard barbecue!), her life is filled to the brim with the happiest kind of chaos. So how does this reality TV star manage to do it all while also keeping herself sane? “For me, it’s about taking little steps to take care of myself,” she shares in our celebrity interview. “For example, if I need some time to myself, I tell Kevin. I have an amazing husband who always tells me to go do what I need to do.”

Related Link: Celebrity Baby: Ali Fedotowsky Says She’s Ready to Be Pregnant Again

Even when she’s not dishing about the latest styles on her thriving lifestyle blog or spending time with her sweet family, Fedotowsky doesn’t let herself slack off. Since she became a new mom last year, she has committed herself to staying fit. “Sometimes, I’ll do the tree pose while holding my daughter,” she admits with a laugh.

She enthuses about her newfound love of yoga in more detail, saying, “Yoga is the best. Yoga is the only thing I do — I’m not a gym person at all. I love how I can do it at home. I love the convenience of it and how it shapes my muscles in ways other workouts don’t.” Seems that this familiar and fun form of exercise is the perfect mix of convenience and challenging for this busy celebrity mom!

Reality TV Star Reveals Partnership with goodnessKNOWS in Celebrity Interview

Of course, it takes a lot of energy to stay fit and take care of your body. Fedotowsky swears that she has the secret weapon for keeping your energy up: goodnessKNOWS snack squares. The snacks, which combine essential vitamins with a delicious cruncy texture and great taste, are her lifesaver when it comes to eating healthy. “My girlfriends and I are all very conscious of what we put into our bodies,” she reveals, “so we can have a little bit of wine and be naughty but also have the cranberry almond dark chocolate goodnessKNOWS snack squares. They’re only 150 calories for all four!”

In fact, the celebrity mom was so thrilled with goodnessKNOWS and their healthy snacking initiative that she recently took things a step further and partnered with them on a new project for National Yoga Day. “We did a Facebook Live stream. It’s all about yoga and how you can do it at home and how good it can make you feel,” she explains in our celebrity interview. She hopes to show other new moms that they don’t have to be any kind of fitness guru to live their healthiest lives.

Related Link: ‘Bachelorette’ Alum Ali Fedotowsky Gives Birth to Celebrity Baby Girl

Ali Fedotowsky Dishes On the Newest Season of The Bachelorette

Every busy mama needs a break, and Fedotowsky is no exception. Just like so many of us, during her free time, she has been keeping up with the current season of The Bachelorette. “I love this season and Rachel,” she enthuses. “I think she’s poised, fun, articulate, beautiful — everything a Bachelorette should be!”

Of Lindsay’s reality TV journey so far, Fedotowsky adds, “There are some guys who keep sneaking through the cracks. Like Lee is still there — that’s a questionable decision.” Ultimately, though, the lifestyle blogger believes that Lindsay is destined for love: “Rachel’s not stupid. She knows what she’s doing. I think she’s doing an incredible job opening up her heart!”

To keep up with Ali, check out her lifestyle blog Ali Luvs.

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Celebrity Vacation Spot: Everything You Need to Know About Beaches Turks & Caicos

Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly vacation or a romantic getaway with a string of incredible date nights, the Beaches resort at Turks & Caicos may be the perfect place for you to head this summer. This incredible resort, which is made up of four luxury villages, features just about everything your heart could desire when it comes to a popular travel destination, including a spa, adrenaline-inducing water sports, award-winning restaurants, photo-ops with your children’s favorite Sesame Street characters, and, of course, beautiful sand and surf. We at CupidsPulse.com went behind-the-scenes to give our readers the inside scoop on what to expect when you head to this celebrity vacation hotspot.

Beaches Turks & Caicos may be a classic and much-loved spot to run away to for a glorious vacation, but that doesn’t mean that they’re not always looking to grow and change. Recently, they took a “revolutionary step in resort entertainment” and partnered with Creativiva Caribbean Inc. to provide guests with four brand new live shows: Alice in Wonderland, Treasure Island, Jungle Book Live, and Dolce Vita, all performed weekly. “We are so excited to share this brand new experience with our guests,” noted Adam Stewart, Deputy Chairman and CEO of Sandals Resorts International, “By partnering with the experts in live entertainment, we are excited to deliver theater on an entirely new level.” According to the Beaches Turks & Caicos team, Creativiva entertainers will add new flair to the Beaches already incredible amenities and activities with a “carnival vibe, folklore dance, and cultural performances.”

Related Link: Parenting Advice: Quick Tips and Tricks on How to Travel With Kids

When you’re not taking in one of the new shows, you can enjoy one of four different luxury villages. These villages all operate under a different theme and give guests a distinctly diverse resort experience. “We offer the seaside garden paradise of the Caribbean Village, the sophisticated style of the French Village, the monumental surroundings of the Italian Village, and the Key West Village, which features three- and four-bedroom Villas,” the team at Beaches Turks & Caicos explains. So even though you’re only traveling as far as Turks & Caicos, you can still take in a posh European lifestyle at this resort.

If you’re not sold on the Turks & Caicos location, however, never fear. The Beaches resort franchise has other opportunities for you to enjoy their incredible take on luxury travel. “By 2018, we’ll have four properties that will have either just debuted or will be in the development phase, including Sandals LaSource St. Lucia later this year,” Beaches staff shared. “We’re also continuing our considerable investment in Barbados, including Sandals Royal Barbados, which will open December 2017, and, of course, there are our plans for Beaches Barbados. We’re excited for what’s to come.”

Enjoy Delicious Food on Your Celebrity Vacation at Beaches Turks & Caicos

If you’re planning a trip to Beaches Turks & Caicos, then you’ll have to prioritize a couple of food-centric date nights during your stay. The Beaches Turks & Caicos team opened up about the most popular restaurant spots and favorite menu items: “The top favorite restaurants are Neptune’s and Schooners Seafood Grill. Our restaurants serve up everything from lemongrass-scented snapper, a 10-ounce rib eye, and Alaskan king crab risotto to the famous Turks & Caicos mollusk, Conch.” With seaside views and a perfectly luxurious fine dining setting, you could eat your fill at either of these establishments and still be begging for more.

Related Link: Taking Your Partner on a Family Vacation

Looking for something to do before dinner? If you’re not in the mood to stroll the beach, scuba dive, or relax at the spa, explore the local attractions. Relax on a Catamaran Cruise, Eco Kayak Tour, or Conch Farm Tour, and take in the beauty of the sights and sounds of Turks & Caicos. Or, if none of that tempts you, go celebrity-spotting with your sweetie, as this Beaches resort is a regular destination for stars on their celebrity vacations. Recent famous guests include Tammin Sursok, best known for playing Jenna Marshall on the hit Freeform series Pretty Little Liars; Gilles Marini, known for his role in the hit movie Sex and the City; and Amanda Stanton from The Bachelor and Bachelor in Paradise.

Beaches Turks & Caicos Team Talks Best Activities for a Family Vacation

If you’re headed to Beaches Turks & Caicos with family instead of a new fling, you’ll still find plenty of activities that will make your kids smile. Your little ones will love the photo ops and meet and greets with their favorite Sesame Street characters, which are sure to bring some extra magic to their resort experiences. And if you’re a parent to older kids and teens, the possibilities are truly endless. Whether your teenagers are looking to benefit the world and give back with the Island Impact program, compete in the cutting-edge X-box Play Lounge, spin some tracks in the Scratch DJ Academy, dance and mingle in the under-21 Club Liquid, relax with the special teen treatments in the Red Lane Spa, or try their hand at some old school arcade games in the Trench Town, they’ll always remember this trip.

Related Link: 5 Celebrity Couples Who Look Hot At The Beach

And if you’re bringing the whole family for a big event, like a wedding or a vow renewal ceremony, Beaches Turks & Caicos has just what you need. Forget about the stresses of bringing a large group of varying ages to this luxury vacation spot because Beaches resort has already solved your problems. As the crew at Beaches Turks & Caicos assures us, “For those who wish to celebrate their special day with everyone — from the eldest family member to the smallest tot, Beaches Resorts’ FamilyMoons offer the ideal venue.”

No matter what you’re looking for on your summer vacation, Because Turks & Caicos is sure to have it.

Popular Restaurants: Best Bagels in NYC

Cupid's Pulse Article: Popular Restaurants: Best Bagels in NYC

New York rainbow bagels are the latest trendy food! Photo: Instagram

By Noelle Downey

Whether you’re looking for a snack to tide you over until your next meal, a delicious breakfast, or a salty and savory sandwich for lunch, NYC bagels are famous for fulfilling New Yorker’s cravings and keeping them on their feet as they rush through their busy and fulfilling lives in the big city. The best bagel shops in NYC are therefore hotly contested, but whether you’re looking for a brunch experience, an authentic hole-in-the-wall vibe, or an internet sensation come to life, we here at Cupid’s Pulse have complied a list of the most famous restaurants to visit when you’re craving a bagel in the Big Apple.

Everyone loves a good bagel, particularly in New York City! Here are the most popular restaurants where you can head to experience an authentic and vital New York bagel experience.


1. The Bagel Store: With a tagline on their website that claims that their special rainbow bagels “broke the internet,” this quirky little bagel shop in Brooklyn boasts one of the premier spots for tourists to swing by and taste a delicious and colorful version of a classic NYC food staple. Have your bagel with a funky rainbow twist or a splash of glitter for an Instagram-worthy snack or keep it classic with their take on age-old standbys like the everything or sesame seed bagels. Not in NYC? Don’t worry, this popular restaurant ships their famous rainbow bagels worldwide! But hurry up and place your order – there’s a waitlist for these famous treats!

2. H&H Midtown Bagels East: If you’re a bagels fanatic or an NYC native, you’re probably aware of the famous NY restaurant spot for tasty bagels, H&H, that closed its doors in 2011. While H&H Midtown Bagels East isn’t officially affiliated with it’s bagel-selling predecessor, it’s definitely the answer to the question thousands of New Yorkers had on the tip of their tongue when H&H closed for business: “Where will we get our bagels now?” H&H Midtown Bagels East has a whopping 20 different varieties of bagels, all of them created with a recipe that’s a clear homage to the original H&H, which lends itself to the perfect bite that’s both nostalgic and revitalized. Mix and match with their 15 different spreads and try each combination until you find your favorites at this newly classic bagel shop.

Related Link: Famous Restaurants: Crazy Milkshakes in NYC

3. Bagel Hole: If you’re looking for something classic with an authentic “hole in the wall” NYC feel, look no further than Bagel Hole, a bagel shop that sells old-fashioned favorites that are wildly popular with true New Yorkers. With a carefully crafted recipe that uses malt instead of an overpowering sugar, these bagels are made fresh every day with a remarkably unique and inviting taste. Smear your tasty snack with some of their featured fillings, like tuna salad, housemade lox, or a variety of flavored cream cheeses that will have your mouth watering for more.

4. Sadelle’s: Are bagels your favorite part of any complete brunch? Than stop by Sadelle’s and enjoy their shining dining room, complete with three-tiered fish towers offered for the table and a vintage bistro flair that will make you feel right at home. Their old favorites are made to taste like brand new concoctions with traditional bagels made with a fun twist. Enjoy their mixed up their flavor profiles that keep you guessing as you munch and crunch at this famous NYC restaurant that’s perfect to visit for a bit of bagel-y goodness.

Related Link: Famous Restaurants: NYC’s Most Popular Hidden Restaurants

5. Bagel Pub: For a healthier take on your old favorite, visit the Bagel Pub for a fun experience that couples as a cheerful reminder that even foods that are really good for you can also taste great. This Park Slope bagel shop features friendly staff and a variety of bagels served with some delicious (and healthy!) fillings. Try their Garden Omelet, a delicious bagel and egg sandwich served with fresh ingredients like kale, feta, onions, and peppers. If you’re looking to looking to go a little more traditional, never fear! They also have a variety of fish and cream cheese options to adorn their sweet and tender bagels, perfect  for both a breakfast snack and a hearty and healthy lunch.

Will you be giving any of these locations a try the next time you have a free minute in the Big Apple? Let us know in the comments!

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Author Interview: Christina Hobbs & Lauren Billings Dish on Relationship Advice & Their Newest Book ‘Dating You / Hating You’

By Noelle Downey

Best friends and New York Times bestselling authors Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings (who collaborate under the shared pen name Christina Lauren) have quite literally written the book on romance! Their newest novel Dating You / Hating You (DYHY) follows the story of two star-crossed lovers, Evie and Carter, who find themselves locked in a heated battle of the sexes after their Hollywood agencies combine and force them to compete for the same job. With the glamorous backdrop of Hollywood life and celebrity style, these squabbling love birds must finesse the tricky situation of chasing their dreams without chasing each other away. Recently, Hobbs and Billings spoke with CupidsPulse.com on their excitement over this new project, which hits shelves today, June 6th, their best relationship advice, and how they found success as BFFs. Check out our exclusive author interview below!

Exclusive Author Interview with Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings

In DYHY, Hollywood culture plays a huge role since your main characters are both agents. How did you research the celebrity lifestyle? Did you get the chance to meet any celebrities while you were writing this book?

We have had interactions with various Hollywood folks, including celebrities and industry people, but our focus on the research was on the agent side. We had a lot of fun talking to agents and managers about things they had seen and experienced. Interestingly (at least to us!), a lot of the shenanigans that Carter and Evie stoop to in the book are based on true stories.

Speaking of Carter and Evie, they vie for the same job in DYHY, which obviously disrupts their flirtation. What are your tips to our readers who may also be struggling to handle the demands of work life and romance? How would you advise them to find a healthy balance between the two?

Beyond the premise of this book, it can be really hard to find that balance—whether you’re single, in a relationship, or have kids. When we were first writing, we were working full-time jobs and raising small kids and trying to fit the writing into every crack of time we had. What we found is that nothing in our life was getting 100 percent of our attention. We ended up leaving our jobs to write full-time, and it allowed us to have much more energy for the relationships at home.

It’s okay to set priorities and—this is especially important for young women to hear—it really is okay to make your career your priority if you’re doing something you love. That said, it’s also okay to feel like the rat race isn’t for you. Bottom line is, only you know how things rank in your emotional heart. No one else can tell you how you should be balancing your career with your love life, not even a couple of romance authors.

Related Link: Relationship Advice: 6 Ways to Keep Work & Life Demands in Balance

In your opinion, do you think that men and women are often pitted against one another in the workplace? How did your own professional experiences in the past influence your writing of this book?

It may not be the case that men and women are necessarily “pitted” against each other, but sexual politics are alive and well in the workplace. We’ve seen this ourselves in various ways, from the women being more visible in assistant roles to egregious pay disparity to casual sexism in the form of “sweetie,” “hon,” and “kiddo” spoken from men to women, even sometimes to women who are their superiors in the reporting structure.

Luckily, we’ve both worked with very progressive people—both men and women—who made a point to address any overt workplace disparity. But, for better or for worse, given that it’s hard to miss it even in this day and age, it made that aspect of writing this book very easy because we didn’t have to dig very deep to find the thread of that subplot.

Do you have any tips for our readers on how to foster the kind of amazing and collaborative relationship that the two of you have found in your friendship, especially if demands like school, work, or kids tend to keep them apart?

There are a million reasons why this collaboration is so enduring—and still so happy—but at the end of the day, the most important component is our chemistry. Lo is the neurotic, spreadsheet-loving, deadline-driven one. Christina brings the levity. As our editor has said on multiple occasions, “The world needs Laurens, but it also needs Christinas.” It’s true. If we were all Laurens, we’d be wrestling for control until it turned into a bloodbath. If we were all Christinas, we’d drown in a pool of boy bands and glitter. Having both makes this possible.

The other thing is, when we began writing together back in 2009, we said at the very outset that the books will not become more important than the friendship. That has been a very, very important motto and one we have treated reverently. To maintain a deep friendship, it has to be put front and center.

Christina Lauren Shares Best Relationship Advice and Favorite Date Nights

Shifting gears, since you’re both clearly romance experts, I have to ask: How would you advise our readers to keep things sexy and fun with a partner, even after years have gone by and kids and other commitments come into the picture?

Communication, communication, communication. The more open we are, the better our marriages are in all respects—in and out of the bedroom. We find that when things are more distant in our marriages, it’s because we aren’t speaking to our spouses as lovers and partners; we are only interacting as parents.

Related Link: Parenting Tips: How to Feel Sexy After Motherhood

Do either of you have a favorite date night? Do you ever double date?

We can’t routinely double date because we live in separate states (!!), but when we are together, we have a lot of fun, just the four of us. Our husbands get along really well, and when we travel, they often take off and do their own thing together—sometimes stumbling back tipsy and hilarious.

Favorite date nights are usually spent discovering new restaurants in the area, catching a movie we couldn’t see with the kids, or—probably most common—going to a concert together!

As two people who have written so much great romance, I’m sure you get asked all the time what your best relationship advice is. I’m curious, though: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

If you’re in a relationship, the best love advice we’ve ever received was what someone said at Lo’s wedding, “Always assume good intentions.” That means, if you’re in a loving, stable relationship, the basic assumption should be that your partner has your best interests in mind. If you see the relationship through that lens, you are less likely to see strife or hurt where there is none.

Related Link: 5 Communication Keys Every Relationship Needs

Lastly, do you have any other upcoming projects or anything else you’d like to share with our readers?

Other than DYHY, we have two more books out this year. Autoboyograhy is out September 12th; it’s the story of Tanner Scott, a bisexual teen who moves from the Bay Area in California to Provo, Utah and falls in love with the son of the local Mormon bishop. We love how this book came out; it’s been something we’ve been working on for many years, and we are so proud of the finished product!

Then, in December (formerly October), we have Roomies, which is a little bit Greencard-meets-Once. It’s the story of Holland Bakker, a twenty-something woman in NYC who is watching her MFA gather dust in the corner while she works front-of-the-house for the hottest musical on Broadway. Holland has an infatuation with an Irish guitar-playing busker at the subway near her house and offers to marry him to help him stay in the country…and land him a position in the ensemble for the show. It’s a strangers-to-married story that has been the most fun to write!

2018 holds LOTS MORE for us, but we haven’t announced those projects yet, so for now we’ll just have to say: we.cannot.wait.for.2018.

You can purchase Dating You / Hating You on Amazon. For more from Christina and Lauren, visit their website or follow them on Twitter @ChristinaLauren.

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Celebrity Wedding: ‘Bachelor’ Alum Britt Nilsson Is Engaged 

Cupid's Pulse Article: Celebrity Wedding: ‘Bachelor’ Alum Britt Nilsson Is Engaged 

Britt Nilsson. Photo: PRN / PRPhotos.com

By Noelle Downey

Bring out the champagne because it’s time to celebrate! According to UsMagazine.com, Bachelor alum Britt Nilsson is officially going to celebrate a celebrity wedding with boyfriend Jeremy Byrne! The celebrity couple started dating last year after Nilsson’s split from Brady Toops, another alum of the hit reality TV show, The Bachelor, and shared news of their celebrity engagement via a series of Instagram posts of the ring and the couple laughing and kissing in excitement. Nilsson wrote in the caption, “”WE ARE ENGAGED!!!! I’m over the moon!!! The man of my dreams and the most godly, amazing, fun, life-giving, silly, intelligent, wonderful best friend I could ever ask for is my future husband!!!! I have been dreaming of this day forever!! Thank You Jesus!!! Wooo hooooo!!!!! I had no idea it was coming and it was the best day of my life! I love you forever Jeremy Byrne!!!”

This controversial Bachelor alum has said goodbye to the single life and hello to a celebrity wedding! What are some things to consider before getting engaged?

Cupid’s Advice:

When it comes to getting engaged, it can be hard to know when you’re ready as a couple! Cupid is here with the top three things you should consider before popping the questions or saying yes when your partner gets down on one knee:

1. Do you have the same goals?: Ideally in a long-term relationship you two would be looking for the same things and have a similar vision of the future. If you know for a fact that your ideas of the future differ greatly but you’ve never really sat down and worked that out, definitely take the effort before you move forward with an engagement. If you’re both on the same page you can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that ring on your finger doesn’t mean you have to give up your dreams or future plans.

Related Link: Brady Toops Opens Up About Real Reasons for Celebrity Break-Up with ‘The Bachelorette’ Contender Britt Nilsson

2. Are you ready for a forever commitment?: There’s no doubt about it, a wedding and an engagement are a huge deal, but marriage itself is an even bigger one. Ask yourself honestly, am I ready for a lifetime commitment to one person? Analyze your answer and share it with your partner. Admit if you don’t feel ready for that big step right at the moment or confess that you’ve thought it through and think that’s a good next step to take in the future.

Related Link: ‘The Bachelorette’ Stars Britt Nilsson and Brady Toops Go Public with PDA

3. Do you both want to get married?: This one seems like a no-brainer, but you’d be amazed how many people feel pressured into proposing or to saying yes to an offer of marriage just because they never sat down and talked about their feelings toward marriage in general, and also specifically for them at some point in the future. It’s perfectly possible that for either you or your partner, getting married just isn’t a priority, and if that’s the case, you need to have a mature discussion about it where you communicate your wants and needs effectively.

Have you ever thought of getting engaged to your partner? What did you consider beforehand? Let us know in the comments!

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Celebrity News: Chris Cornell’s Wife Pens Heartbreaking Letter Before Funeral

Cupid's Pulse Article: Celebrity News: Chris Cornell’s Wife Pens Heartbreaking Letter Before Funeral

Chris Cornell and wife Vicky on the red carpet just weeks before his May 17th suicide. Photo: Instagram

By Noelle Downey

In celebrity news, wife of late singer Chris Cornell wrote a truly beautiful, if saddening, epistle in honor of her husband. According to UsMagazine.com, Vicky Karayiannis, Cornell’s wife, wrote an open letter that was posted to Billboard.com following the musician’s suicide by hanging on May 17th. “To my sweet Christopher, you were the best father, husband and son-in-law. Your patience, empathy and love always showed through,” she confessed. “I’m sorry, my sweet love, that I did not see what happened to you that night. I’m sorry you were alone, and I know that was not you, my sweet Christopher. Your children know that too, so you can rest in peace,” Karayiannis reassured. She went on to write of her Hollywood relationship, saying Cornell was her “soulmate” and that while she is “broken” she will stand up for him always. The letter closed, “I love you more than anyone has ever loved anyone in the history of loving and more than anyone ever will. Always and forever, your Vicky.” Karayiannis has stated that she believes Cornell, a recovering drug addict, may have taken too much Ativan, which caused him to not be in his right mind. “What happened is inexplicable,” Karayiannis admitted, “and I am hopeful that further medical reports will provide additional details.” The celebrity couple have two celebrity children together, Toni and Christopher, as well as daughter Lillian from Cornell’s previous marriage.

This celebrity news has us down in the dumps. What are some ways to cope with the loss of your partner?

Cupid’s Advice:

Dealing with the loss of a partner is always difficult, but here are the top three ways to get you through this difficult time:

1. Find someone to talk to: There’s no shame in finding a therapist to talk to after the emotional fallout of the death of your partner. Remember that your partner would want you to deal with this in a healthy way, so prioritize taking care of yourself. Visit a counselor and let your feelings out, even if they confuse or embarrass or anger you. Grief is experienced in a host of different ways, and by talking it out and committing to dealing with that grief, you open yourself up to eventual healing and acceptance.

Related Link: Relationship Advice: Why Isn’t It Easy to Say Goodbye?

2. Reach out to your support system: If you’re struggling after the death of a partner, or any loved one, reach out to those around you that care about you and are still here. Tell them you’re not doing well and allow them to take care of you for a portion of time until you’re back on your feet. Admitting that you need help during a difficult period of your life can be difficult, and can even make you feel weak, but in actuality this proves your strength as a person who can recognize their limitations and ask for help when they need it.

Related Link: Julie Andrews’ Relationship Advice: How to Survive the Death of a Loved One

3. Seek closure: Whether that means making a charitable donation to your partner’s favorite non-profit every month in their memory or going through all your photos together one last time before deciding which ones to put away for now and which ones to leave up, or even taking off your wedding ring for the first time since the funeral, take steps to seek and find closure continuously, however that looks for you as an individual. Many think closure is a final state you achieve, when in reality closure is a state of being you can consciously pursue. Often finding closure is a journey, so it’s important to give yourself the grace to take that journey however you need to.

Have you ever lost a partner? How did you deal with that? Let us know in the comments.

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