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In case you hadn't heard, Rihanna has a new man in her life. 

The platinum-selling singer was spotted kissing and cuddling with a mystery beau in a swimming pool in Spain this week, and the internet freaked the f**** out. 

The relationship spawned the hilarious and celebratory #RihannaHasAManParty hashtag as fans fawn over Riri and her new bae.

Here are a few of the best reactions to the news: 

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First comes love, second comes marriage, third comes… you get the drift.

But what about all the stuff that comes before love? The butterflies, the awkward dates, the 'so, what are we?' discussion.

There's a whole relationship to be had before those three little words become part of the equation and saying them for the first time is a major milestone.

So, how do you know the right time to say 'I love you'?

Well, one woman recently posed the dilemma in an online forum saying: “I think my new boyfriend wants to say it but doesn’t want me to not say it back, so he seems to be saying it in a jokey way or a roundabout way recently.”

She went on to say that she and her boyfriend had been “official” for two months and they have been dating for around four or five in total.

The woman then asked others to share their experiences in an effort to get a greater understanding of her own situation.

While most people agreed you couldn't possibly fall in love with someone right off the bat, some women revealed they had done just that.

One woman told her boyfriend she loved him after “about a week or two”, and are still together 11 years later.

Another confessed her feelings after just three weeks and revealed that she and her partner have now been together for five years and are due to get married this Autumn.

She added, “There’s no magic date because each couple is unique and special and will do it at different times. Enjoy the moment when it happens.”

According to The Independent, this advice is also echoed by psychologists, with Dr Aaron Ben-Zeév explaining that there is no precise formula for the right time to say 'I love you', but rather you should say it whenever you feel it.

So, if you've been waiting for the right time to confess your feelings, we're sorry to inform you that there is none.

Do it now. Don't be afraid!

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Let's face it, there are few among us who haven't endured a woeful date.

Whether it was a blind date, a first date or 'not even sure if this is a date' date, navigating the scenario as it unfolds can be agonising at best and soul-destroying at worst.

Thankfully, Twitter knows how to own their own hideous experiences, and have no qualms about sharing them with the wider world.

And here are just some of our favourites…

Ah, now.

Of course, he was.

 
Sorry, what?

No, he did NOT.

It's important to stay informed.

 He's probably just locked in, babes.

The classic 'no offence' move. 

We can't believe it either. 

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If you think nothing of splitting a bottle of wine with your partner on a Friday night, then that could bode well for your relationship.

A new study has revealed that couples who drink together are much happier in the long term than couples where only one person drank. 

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According to the study, called Drinking Patterns Among Older Couples, the couples who didn't see eye to eye when it comes to drinking had the most arguments and unhappiness in their relationships.

The imbalance is what seems to cause most of the problems, as couples in which both people drank equally, there were less issues.

Interestingly, the study found that in couples where the woman was the one who drank while the husband stayed sober, more issues arose. 

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'Wives who reported drinking alcohol reported increased negative marital quality over time when husbands reported not drinking,' reads the study.

Now, that's not to say that a teetotaler can't have a strong relationship with someone who enjoys a drink, but according to the study, finding someone who has the same alcohol habits as you can make life a bit easier and your relationship a bit longer. 

Oh, and while we have you; don't forget to have your say in the inaugural SHEmazing Awards this May! It's time to vote, and you can do it right here!

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Have you ever heard a couple cooing and fawning over each other, calling one another vomit-inducing nicknames that put your lunchtime Starbucks at high risk of reappearing?

Or, are you in one of those couples, and rather than finding the nicknames heave-worthy, you find them cute AF thanks to the personal back story they symbolise?

Well, apparently now there is a scientific reason for the nicknames, and they are actually good for the relationship. 

According to the Scientific American, silly nicknames can help to create a sense of intimacy between partners.

This is backed up by a study in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, which describes how the development of romantic nicknames helps to establish an intimate little world where the couple are in charge of the narrative, separate from the outside world. 

'I think it's a really human, natural behaviour to take language and shape it for our own purposes. I think that's how nicknames evolve,' said Carol Bruess, author of the study. 

'We name things, we give things symbols, and over time we tend to naturally manipulate those symbols toward a certain outcome.'

So salty singletons, look away, because cutsie nicknames are here to stay. 

Oh, and while we have you; don't forget to have your say in the inaugural SHEmazing Awards this May! It's time to vote, and you can do it right here!

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Chrissy Teigen and John Legend, Channing and Jenna Tatum, Kimye… we all have our favourite couples that we think are total #Goals.

But, if you've been in a long term relationship then you'll know it's not all sunshine and roses 24/7.

So, instead of giving a shout out to #CoupleGoals, we thought we'd search through Twitter for #CoupleProblems, and the outcome was pretty damn funny.

You're bound to relate to one or two (or all) of these tweets:

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Look, when it comes to the grand gestures, us Irish fall a little short.

It's far from public declarations of love we were reared, so it's no real surprise that when it comes to Valentine's Day, we tend to feel the pressure.

While we might happily slur sweet nothings into our other half's ear after a night on the tiles, choosing a card, picking a restaurant and going hell for leather in the bedroom simply because we're midway through February is just a little too much for many of us.

And here, ladies, are just five reasons why the great Irish public and Valentine's Day don't always mix.

1. We refuse to play by the rules

When it comes to love, us Irish definitely don't colour within the lines, and we'll be damned if a nappy-clad angel is going to tell us how and when we should get down and dirty with our other half.

In fact, a survey conducted by the good folk at Durex established that 23% of couples say they prefer to engage in spontaneous acts of romance rather than abiding by the tradition, and 18% admit that their partner generally doesn’t want to embrace the day.

Sounds about right to us.

2. We can spot a swizz a mile off

There are few women at SHEmazing! HQ who would thank their partner for a seven-foot teddy-bear clutching a satin heart because… well… we know a money-making scheme when we spot one.

And it turns we're not the only ones, with 70% of Irish people admitting they think Valentine’s Day has become too commercial.

We hear ya, friends.

3. We're a contrary bunch

For such a small nation, we're known the word over for our creativity (and sporadic contrariness).

Railing against lazy stereotypes and tedious cliches is our thing (when we feel like it), so it's no real surprise that 58 per cent of us refuse to join the masses and celebrate our relationships just because we've reached February 14, is it?

We'll get romantic on our own count, and nobody else's.

4. We do things in our own good time (thank you very much)

36 per cent of Irish couples surveyed admit that they shun Valentine's Day celebrations simply because there's just too much damn pressure.

And if you've ever spent time in a stuffy, over-crowded card shop on February 13, you'll know exactly what they're talking about.

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5. We can't make up our damn minds

Despite insisting it's a money-making, pressure-filled day created to instil angst in couples the length and breadth of the country, more than half of us admit we'd still be disappointed if our partner didn't mark the day. Typical.

Do we want a dinner out? Yep. A weekend away, perhaps? Oh, you know it. And more than a little rough and tumble in the sack? Obviously.

Our advice in this case? Stock up on vino, eats and Durex treats, and have yourself a night to remember…

 

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Former Xposé presenter Aisling O’Loughlin has confirmed her split from long-term partner, Nick MacInnes.

The couple were in a relationship for almost six years and have three children together: four-year-old Patrick, Louis, two, and eight-month-old Joseph, who they welcomed in May of last year.

Nick is also dad to two other children from a previous relationship.

 

Making the most of the last blast of summer. What a glorious day! #happymonday

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The Irish Mirror confirmed the sad news, adding that Aisling has said she "won’t be commenting on it today".

The 38-year-old, who recently launched her own website, Exquisite.ie, following her shock Xposé departure, is said to be handling the split well, according to reports.

 

Clearly not a helicopter parent! Who didn't love climbing rocks as a kid? #play #greatoutdoors #climbingrocks

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We're thinking of the family at this difficult time. 

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Having played out her romance with Gary Beadle in front of millions of viewers, Charlotte Crosby has opted to keep her most recent relationship out of the public eye.

But it seems Char’s new beau, Ash Harrison, has already earned himself the approval of his partner’s fans.

In celebration of Black Friday, the former Big Brother housemate took to Instagram to share a set of shirtless throwback snaps in which his abs just happen to look particularly pert.

 

Fans of Geordie Shore were quick to cop the upload and so proceeded to mark the occasion by comparing the 26-year-old model with his girlfriend’s former co-star, Gaz.

“Look who’s scored…Charlotte’s new beau…suck that Gary,” wrote one dedicated follower.

“Umm wow.  That’s a step up!  Charlotte’s got a new parsnip now,” said another.

 

Excited for London tomorrow with these two cats

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The MTV star was first linked to Helen Wood’s ex in August, after she shared footage of them partying together in Manchester on Snapchat.

Since then, they’ve been spotted together on multiple occasions, with both Charlotte and Ash using their social media accounts to document their budding relationship.

 

When you have done a 19 hour filming day but walk into these when you get home @cashharrison

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The thought of your other half sharing intimate details of your sex life with his friends is more than most of us could bear, so the idea of it being shared with the nation is hideous beyond measure.

And yet that didn't didn't seem to dawn on I'm a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here star, Wayne Bridge, when he decided to tell all during a recent trip to the Bush Telegraph.

Sounding stunned that many couples experience a revival in their sexcapades after welcoming children, Wayne exclaimed: "I think they’re having us on! How can it be better?"

In a move which mortified wife Frankie of The Saturdays, Wayne continued: "It’s either the same or less. I’m not having it at all. Why would it get better?"

"I think it’s always been up there with me and Frank. You’re together for years so you obviously try everything out before you’ve had babies, surely."

"I can’t believe I’m even having this conversation because her mum and dad are going to be watching," he suddenly added after appearing to remember his comments were being beamed out to millions.

Taking to Twitter to acknowledge her husband's big mouth, Frankie wrote: "Ohhh, just stop talking… I'm begging you."
 

Taking the opportunity to stir the pot, Frankie's fans egged Wayne on, responding: "Don't be a spoilsport Frankie. Go Wayne. It's good to share."

"I kept refreshing to see your reaction lol!! How funny!" added another.

Ah here, she took it better than we would have.
 

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After spending months fielding questions over her past relationship with Zayn Malik, it looks like Perrie has thrown the press and public a signal that she has officially moved on.

The Shout Out to My Ex sent the rumour mill into overdrive this week after a source close to the singer revealed that she was growing close to England and Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

"It’s very early days between Perrie and Alex," admitted the insider before acknowledging that there's a definite spark between the pair.

“There’s certainly some chemistry there and they’ve enjoyed spending time together." 

It sounds like Perrie's still feeling pretty fragile following the fall-out from her last high-profile relationship, with the source adding: "After what happened with Zayn, Perrie doesn’t want her love life to become public knowledge."

Owing to this, the new couple have made the decision to avoid certain potential pitfalls which may put the brakes on their burgeoning romance.

“Both are keen to keep the relationship on the down low, they don’t follow each other on social media as they know a connection might give the game away."

23-year-old Perrie has been spotted supporting her new boyfriend at the Arsenal stadium in recent weeks.

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She rose to fame alongside Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi as part of Jersey Shore’s infamous Team Meatball, but it seems Deena Cortese is now all grown up as she has just announced her engagement.

The former reality star took to Instagram yesterday to reveal that she is set to marry her longtime love, Christopher Buckner.

The 29-year-old’s first post as an engaged woman featured a collage of images which shows her ring, two glasses of celebratory champagne and the spouses-to-be kissing.

It is captioned: “I always knew I would spend the rest of my life with Christopher…But last night while we were walking on the Beach in Mexico he made it official!!  We’re engaged!!!!!!”

Hours later, Deena shared a second set of images offering fans a proper look at her new rock.

The post reads: “I felt like the other pictures didn’t show how beautiful the ring was…The pic on the left was me a little after he proposed after I was finished happy sobbing lol.”

“Christopher did such an amazing job picking me out the perfect ring…It fits my little hand perfectly…This all doesn’t feel real!!!!  I love you @cbuckner_ this weekend has been so amazing so far.”

Congrats to the happy couple!

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