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The holidays can make you feel pretty miserable about your single status, but fear not, because science has some good news for you.

Apparently, unmarried women are actually happier than those who are married. The Guardian stated that unmarried and childless women are the happiest subgroup ever.

This is according to behavioural science professor Paul Dolan.

He even claimed that unmarried women will live longer than their married peers.

The happiness expert said, “We do have some good longitudinal data following the same people over time, but I am going to do a massive disservice to that science and just say: if you’re a man, you should probably get married; if you’re a woman, don’t bother.”

He explained that marriage helped men calm down, however, women didn’t benefit as much. Marred men take fewer risks and even live longer.

“She, on the other hand, has to put up with that, and dies sooner than if she never married. The healthiest and happiest population subgroup are women who never married or had children,” he added.

So, if you’re feeling a bit down in the dumps about your bare engagement finger then cheer up because it turns out being unmarried is actually way better than we expected.

However, if Ryan Gosling was to turn up and pop the question, we’d have to take one for the team and say yes.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Sorry, science.

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Stacey Solomon and Joe Swash have responded to claims that they got secretly married in the Maldives.

Fans couldn’t help but speculate about their nuptials after Stacey posted a family snap from their holiday. Many believed her sons wear dressed for a wedding so presumed they secretly tied the knot on their trip.

However, Stacey and Joe have revealed they’re not married yet.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The couple opened up about the rumours in a video on Instagram and stressed that they wouldn’t get married in secret.

Stacey said, “We just need to clear this up because I didn't realise while we were away. Loads of people have messaged and commented to say they thought we had got married."

“We didn't get married. We wouldn't secretly get married anyway because I'd be so over the moon about it I'd tell everyone,” Stacey added.

Fans claimed that Joe was wearing a wedding ring but the presenter explained that the rings belonged to his late dad.

Joe said he has worn the rings for luck, "He has worn them since he was 11 and lost his daddy and has never taken them off," Stacey said.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The couple may not have gotten married during their trip but it is definitely on the cards in the future.

Stacey said, “I’m sorry everyone, we’re not married,” and Joe quipped, “No, not yet.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Stacey and Joe welcomed their first child together, a son called Rex, in  May this year.

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Justin Bieber has opened up about his struggles with fame, drugs and depression in a lengthy post that just might make you a Belieber again.

The personal message was shared to his Instagram page, and he apologises for past behaviour and reflects on his growth from a child star to a confident musician and husband.

Music manager and enemy #1 of Taylor Swift, Scooter Braun, discovered Bieber when he was just 13-years-old on YouTube.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The note is opened up by the pop star by addressing recent feelings of depression, linked to the “quite unexplainable” pressure placed on a celebrity who has come from an unstable home to grow up in the chaotic media spotlight.

“It’s hard to get out of bed in the morning…when it feels like there’s trouble after trouble after trouble,” he wrote on Instagram

“You start foreseeing the day through lenses of ‘dread’ and anticipate another bad day. A cycle of feeling disappointment after disappointment. Sometimes it can even get to the point where you don’t even want to live anymore. Where you feel like it’s never going to change.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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He had "millions in the bank" by just 18-years-old and “access to whatever I wanted” but “no skills in the real world”, he said.

By 19, the singer was doing “pretty heavy drugs” and “abused” the relationships he was in: “I became resentful, disrespectful to women and angry,” he explained.

He had an epiphany moment at 20, where he had “made every bad decision you could have thought of and went from one of the most loved and adored people in the world to the most ridiculed, judged and hated person in the world.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The 25-year-old wrote that his life has changed for the better, thanking his faith, marriage to Hailey Baldwin, and the support network of his friends and family for his recovery.

He made sure to add that the biggest dopamine rush you can get is being on stage, and performers turn to drugs to cope with the "huge highs and lows" of life off-stage.

Bieber has teased new music following his hit collaboration with Ed Sheeran, I Don’t Care. 

Many of us remember Purpose, his last album which was released in 2015 and delivered bangers like Sorry, What Do You Mean and Where Are U Now?.

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Controversial statement incoming; Love Island's Danny Williams and Jourdan Riane have already discussed marriage, despite having only known each other for less than a month. Sounds super real, doesn't it?

The ITV reality stars confirmed their relationship after they were dumped from the island weeks before the final, and now say they're completely in love. 

The pair have obviously been plagued with accusations of a 'showmance', but are emphasising that their love is real when they appeared on a Channel 5 online interview today.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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"Could you guys see yourselves getting married?" presenter Will Njobvu asked them. "Are you going to marry me?" Jourdan quizzed Danny, leaning in to his face.

"Are you going to marry me? Are you going to propose?" he responded. "Wooow!" Jourdan laughed. "No, I can see this lasting."

Danny gushed to his new girlfriend: "I said to you, when you met my parents, this has got long-term written all over it, and I've never said that before in a relationship. She met everyone – grandmas, little cousins, everybody loved her, and for me that's a massive thing."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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"And vice versa," Jourdan added.

"I think if that's happening already I can definitely see long-term future plans with you," Danny said. "We've got holidays booked already, it's good."

Jourdan commented: "We're best friends already, it's a very chilled relationship. It's working. Hope so, fingers crossed it works. I do see it lasting and working."

The couple were dumped by their fellow Islanders for being the least compatible romance, but have made a flying start to their relationship on the outside.

They attended a star-studded viewing party of the final, where Amber Gill and Greg O'Shea became king and queen of the villa and split the £50,000 between them.

Danny and Jourdan were joined by none other than Yewande Biala, who was fuming when Danny's head was turned by Arabella Chi in the villa and chose the model in the next recoupling, leaving her dumped.

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Workplace romance is becoming a little vintage, it would seem. Except less fashionable.

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Just one-in-10 couples (11 percent) are now finding love in the workplace, according to a new report.

Nearly one-in-five romances in 1990 were forged at work, in comparison. Back in the day, things were clearly done differently.

They were also times when people stayed at the same job their entire lives though, and most likely met less people, seeing as travel options were less extensive.

The research was published in the latest 'How Couples Meet and Stay Together Study' from Stanford University.

Nichi Hodgson, author of The Curious History of Dating: From Jane Austen to Tinder, in an interview with Yahoo UK claims that striking up a relationship with a colleague is now “less sociably acceptable”.

Despite the fact that we're spending longer hours in the workplace, we are now more cautious than ever about a co-worker relationship turning into something romantic, according to Hodgson, due to the #MeToo movement.

The movement aims to tackle workplace sexual harassment and assault, and has been building since Tarana Burke started it back in 2006. It caught fire in 2017 after the Harvey Weinstein scandal broke.

Nichi Hodgeson claims that "workplace relationships need to be conducted very carefully to ensure there's no breach of company behavioural guidelines." I mean, it ain't that hard not to be a creep.

Hodgson also argues that we shouldn’t necessarily be disappointed by the end of the workplace romance:

“They don't necessarily show you someone's true colours – you won't see how tender or angry someone can be at work, for example, because the majority of people are on their best behaviour,” she says.

“Just because they're a good team player at work doesn't mean they necessarily will be in a relationship.”

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Online dating and apps like Tinder, Bumble, Hinge and OK Cupid are now taking the lead in bringing people together, with almost one-in-four (39 percent) of heterosexual couples meeting through those platforms.

This is an increase since 2009, when the stats showed 22 percent of hetero couples meeting online, according to the Stanford University findings.

Meeting through friends is still a popular means of finding your future partner, but it's much less common than it was in the past. Over a third (34 percent) of people met this way in 1990, but it’s now just one in five (20 percent)

“Dating apps may have only been around for a decade but they have a radical hold on our affections when it comes to meeting a partner, mainly because they are so convenient in our ever time-pressed lives,” Hodgson says.

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“They're not necessarily leading to better connections though for multiple reasons – they create a paradox of choice, giving us too many people to choose between when social scientists tell us we get cognitive overload somewhere between five and nine options," she continues.

“Dating apps are encouraging us to be ruder with behaviours,” Hodgson adds, which is due to a “lack of accountability needed from users”. Overall, Hodgson believes that dating apps can still lead to a stable, long-term match. 

“When we do finally choose a serious partner from a dating app, we are likely to stick with them – we are taking longer to settle on someone but that is producing more stable long-term matches when we finally commit.”

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Modern Family star Sarah Hyland has just announced her engagement to boyfriend of two years Wells Adams.

The 28-year-old TV star posted photos to her Instagram account of the romantic proposal by her 35-year-old The Bachelorette boyfriend.

The proposal took place on a gorgeous beach, and luckily someone managed to capture the moment when Wells got down on one knee.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The delighted actress captioned the post: "That can't eat, can't sleep, reach for the stars, over the fence, world series kind of stuff."

Wells tweeted a video of the aftermath of his proposal, with himself and Sarah embracing after she said yes. Wells captioned the post: "I'll be Johnny, you be June. But forever."

The Johnny Cash reference seemed to go down well, with a host of celebrity pals rushing to congratulate the pair. 

Vanessa Hudgens wrote: "So freaking adorable," on the post by Sarah, clearly over the moon for her friend and her fiancé.

Nick Jonas added "Congrats," while Lily Collins wrote: "Ahhhhhh congratulations! So excited for you xxx."

Pretty Little Liars star Lucy Hale wrote; "Congrats you two!" while actress Debra Messing was quick to proclaim that they'll make gorgeous babies…

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Jaime King also commented: "YES!!!! YES!!!! Congratulations love bug!!! We are SO happy for you both! #loveisintheair"

Sarah plays Haley Dunphy on the long-running sitcom Modern Family, rising to fame after gaining the role of the moody teenager. 

 She has since starred in films including Scary Movie 5, Vampire Academy and Date And Switch, while Wells Adams appeared in season 12 of US reality show The Bachelorette.

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Brad Pitt has landed himself in hot water after accidentally insinuating that his marriage to Jennifer Aniston was boring. Ouch.

The actor was forced to majorly backtrack after an interview with Parade magazine back in 2011 resurfaced, and used the word 'dull' to describe his life back then.

The 55-year-old Hollywood actor has since retracted his words and clarified his intentions, but it doesn't sound good…We'd be pretty p*ssed off if we were Jen.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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He also seemed to imply that his life became far more spontaneous and exciting after meeting the woman he left Aniston for- Angelina Jolie.

"I spent the '90s trying to hide out, trying to duck the full celebrity cacophony. I started to get sick of myself sitting on a couch, holding a joint, hiding out. It started feeling pathetic."

"It became very clear to me that I was intent on trying to find a movie about an interesting life, but I wasn't living an interesting life myself," he continued.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Now that's all well and good, but then he made a highly polarising comment, and angered Jen's fans in the process;

"I think that my marriage had something to do with it. Trying to pretend the marriage was something that it wasn't."

Brad even released a statement to defend his words, saying; "It grieves me that this was interpreted this way. Jen is an incredibly giving, loving, and hilarious woman who remains my friend."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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"It is an important relationship I value greatly. The point I was trying to make is not that Jen was dull, but that I was becoming dull to myself, and that, I am responsible for."

The couple dated in the 1990s and wed in 2000. Brad later began a romance with Angelina, after meeting her on the Mr and Mrs Smith set in 2005.

They share six kids and were eventually married in 2014, but their marriage broke down in 2016. Oh Brad.

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Channing Tatum and Jessie J’s relationship is stronger than ever and it sounds like things are getting pretty serious between the pair.

The duo, who have been together for five months, are reportedly considering taking their relationship to the next level.

A source told new! magazine that they’re thinking about getting married. “Jessie and Channing’s relationship has been going from strength to strength lately, which has really taken their friends by surprise.”

They added: “In fact, things have got so serious they’ve even discussed getting hitched, which isn’t too surprising when you consider that Channing is a really mature guy who knows exactly what he wants.”

The Step Up actor was previously married to his co-star Jenna Dewan.

“He’s been married before so it’s not a scary topic for him and he’s certainly not afraid of commitment, while Jessie has been desperate to find The One for some time now after a few failed relationships, and she thinks Channing could be him. She’s pinching herself she’s so happy,” they shared.

The pair have been extremely private about their relationship so far but it sounds like things have been getting pretty serious since they first started dating late last year.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Channing and his ex-wife Jenna are currently in the middle of divorce proceedings. The pair share five-year-old daughter Everly and the Magic Mike star has called for split custody.

When the parents confirmed their separation, they stressed that Everly will always be their number one priority.

They said: “We are still a family and will always be loving dedicated parents to Everly.”

 

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Typical internet. As soon as a celebrity break-up happens, it just HAS to go and blame someone for the split, and assume an affair is taking place while they're at it.

Lady Gaga and her fiancé Christian Carino have officially called off their engagement about five minutes ago (sob), and poor Bradley Cooper is taking some serious heat for it.

A Star Is Born fans are convinced that the pair are secretly in love, despite the fact that Bradley has been dating Irina Shayk since 2016, and has a child with her.

 We're absolutely devastated for Gaga, but her fans have been bombarding Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk's Instagram accounts for some strange reason.

The speculation that the Shallow singers are in love has increased since they performed an emotional duet at her Las Vegas Enigma show.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Lady Gaga's rep confirmed her break-up to People, and another source told them;

"It just didn’t work out. Relationships sometimes end. There's no dramatic story." See? No. Dramatic. Story. Did the rumours stop there online? Hell no.

The fans beg to differ; "I seriously hope Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper are having an affair, not kidding," said one fan. Their chemistry in the award-winning film is palpable, but it's called ACTING, folks.

Fans have flooded Irina's Instagram with comments telling her to "let Bradley be with Lady Gaga", and "Stop letting Gaga near your man, it's embarrassing." Good lord… harsh much?

The memes, the comments, the MARRIAGE insinuations? We can't cope with the internet, stop the car we want to get out.

The two were in happy relationships when the movie came out and hit cinemas, yet fans assume their on-set acting is the reason for Gaga's break up MONTHS later.

"I have two words: Bradley. Cooper." We have two words: Internet. Cancelled.

We acknowledge that Bradley and Lady Gaga have a stunning relationship, but men and women can actually be just that; friends. Co-workers. Creative talents on the same set pretending to be lovers for a screen and entertainment purpose.

Please locate your chill people, and leave poor Irina Shayk out of this. Gaga has enough on her shoulders with a break-up, in private.

We just want them both to be happy…*weeps* 

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A significant number of the population at once stage in their lives had Justin Bieber as their phone lock screen.

Don't deny it, our hunky, beautiful crushes were featured as our wallpapers for longer than we care to admit.

It looks like supermodel Hailey Baldwin is still in that stage of her existence, but at least hers is relevant to her current romance. The gal has got a school-aged Justin Bieber has her lock-screen, and we're GASPING.

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Eagled-eyed fans spotted the phone screen after a paparazzi snapped Hailey walking around New York City last Sunday.

It's a hilarious photo of the pop star, we must say. We wonder what photo he has on his own lock-screen? It could even be the same one as Hailey's, for all we know..

Her hubby Justin is allegedly seeking treatment for depression, People reported. The 23-year-old singer is apparently exhausted and is seeking help, leaning on Hailey for support.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The religious wedding service where the pair would invite a wider circle of friends is rumoured to be postponed yet again

The ecclesiastical wedding can't take place as "…right now, Justin’s focus is getting well mentally," an insider explained to People.

"Hailey is very supportive- Justin is very open about that Hailey does nothing but help him. He would feel even more lost without Hailey – he is very grateful. They are both focused on having a happy marriage," said the source.

We hope the Biebs is getting the help he needs, but we have to applaud Hailey's lock-screen. It's nostalgia goals, and we might just have to go back and listen to Baby another thousand times.

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When it comes to marriage advice, we're pretty sceptical. It nearly always comes across as patronising, annoying, or just plain sexist. Men don't get the constant stream of wedding and baby pressure that women do.

There's no shortage of dating advice online and in magazines, even in books like He's Just Not That Into You.

It's time to turn to better sources for comfort, and ones from back in time. The Suffragette's seem like a good place to start… They fought for the right to vote and now we want the right NOT to devote.

Seeing as it's Valentine's Day, it would be rude of us not to share this HILARIOUS piece of advice from a "suffragette wife" which went viral, acccording to Stylist.

The advice was first penned in 1911, and it's still hella relevant today. Entitled 'Advice on Marriage to Young Ladies', the gal holds nothing back and takes zero prisoners.

The first tip? "Do not marry at all." She's starting us off with a big one, that's for sure.

Continuing, the woman writes about the types of men to avoid. Think modern day f*ckboys. She refers to them as, “the Beauty Men, Flirts, and the Bounders, Tailor’s Dummies, and the Football Enthusiasts”.

When it comes to decent marriage prospects, choose a "strong, tame man" who is involved in practical professions, such as a "Fire-lighter, Coal-getter, Window Cleaner and Yard Swiller”. We haven't a notion what a yard swiller is, but it sounds chic.

The suffragette also tells us that the standard of men is dastardly low; most are “lazy, selfish, thoughtless, lying, drunken, clumsy, heavy-footed, rough, unmanly brutes, and need taming”.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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How do you tame a man back in 1911, and today? The answer is pretty obvious: food. "Feed the brute," in her words. LOL. 

Her final tip recalls her first; you'd "be wiser not to chance" marriage, because it "isn't worth the risk." The post was shared last year as well and also went viral, so it seems that modern day women can still relate to the tip sheet.

It's over 100 years old, but still resonates with today's audience. Interesting, does that mean men haven't progressed at all, or we're still stuck in 1911? We can't tell…

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New research suggests that social media is becoming a "common problem" in Irish marriages, according to The Independent.

Over 3,000 clients took part in a survey in Maynooth over two years which discovered that both men and women find social media and technology "behaviour" causes difficulties in marriages and relationships.

Accord Catholic Marriage Care Service maintains that constant access to technology and phones has taken away the "cooling off" period following an argument.

The Accord has commented that it will alter it's service to accommodate the issue following couples' feedback.

Bishop Denis Nulty, president of Accord and Bishop of Kildare & Leighlin, said: "Social media is a huge issue. Pope Francis spoke about this at Croke Park and we need to be digitally conscious."

He elaborated on why the results are vital for the organisation; "We're dictated by gadgets so being clued-in is important."

On the removal of the "cooling-off" period he said: "When you send a text, a tweet or a Whatsapp message, there's no way of pulling it back, and it causes huge heartache for everyone involved."

"As we shape our marriage preparation courses in the future, we'll be taking this into consideration," Bishop Nulty mused.

"We have a low divorce rate in Ireland, and I would like to keep it low. I have no doubt people in Ireland still take marriage very seriously."

16,048 individuals attended the Accord's marriage preparation courses across the nation in 2018, which was down almost 800 from 2017

Accord counsellors separately provided 24,180 counselling sessions to individuals and couples during 2018 throughout the whole island of Ireland, which was less than that of 2017.

The bishop attributes some of the drop in figures to couples attending different private counselling services.

Other "problem areas" included unresolved arguments, inappropriate behaviour during arguments and dissatisfaction with their sexual relationship.

75 per cent of clients who saw data reviewed claim that their relationship improved following counselling.

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