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Love them or loathe them, we have to admit – we're a little bit obsessed with Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom's relationship.

The unlikely pair have hooked up/split up/gotten back together again and it has kept us all enthralled.

Katy recently gave an interview to Vogue Australia for the August 2018 issue, where she opened up about her relationship with Orlando. 

She explained that while she loves being with him, that there were many reason's why she does not speak about him publicly.

And it's not simply because she wants to keep that part of her life private. 

It is down to the fact that if she does divulge about her love life, it will give it more significance than other areas of her life – such as her activism, her career and her faith.

When Katy met Pope Francis in the Vatican in April, she was disappointed with the media coverage that it got, because Orlando was by her side for the trip. 

“I don’t want it to be a headline of the story, because it takes away from the purpose,” she said.

“Also, it’s extremely misogynistic. Of course, I love my relationship, but that is one part of me, and I don’t want any part of what I do to be diminished.”

These comments have been hailed as a powerful and feminist view of relationships and it's not surprising.

Katy has weathered her fair share of unwanted attention on her romantic life but, as she acknowledges, ''there will always be noise.''

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Sun, sea, sand and sex… on a lilo?

When it comes to sex on holiday, it seems millennial holidaymakers are a fairly adventurous bunch.

Well, that is according to new research which looked at the 'raunchiest places' people have had sex abroad. 

In a list of the top five places, having sex on a lilo came in last with just 23 percent giving it a go; sex on the beach came out on top at 63 percent.

Having sex in a bar (37%) came second, followed closely by in the swimming pool (33%) and on the balcony (27%). 

The research by Playtime, who have released three new cocktail inspired lube flavours for summer, surveyed 2000 British holidaymakers aged 18-35 to find out about their sex habits on holiday. 

It wasn't all about finding the places people have done the deed though.

The research also found that the majority of holidaymakers are up for a holiday fling. 

And shockingly enough, more than half of the participants said they would be up for one, even if they were in a relationship – as long as their partner wouldn't find out.

"We thought it would be really interesting to look into people’s attitudes and behaviours when on holiday over the summer, and see if inhibitions alter when sun, sea and relaxation are thrown into the mix," Amanda Lewis, Marketing Director at Playtime, said.

"Turns out millennial Brits are a really saucy bunch! It’s also great to hear that holidays are the perfect spot for British couples to rekindle their attraction and put the spark back into their relationship."

We know this is based on British millennials, but how do you think the Irish would do in a study like this? Are we more or less conservative when it comes to where we have sex, do you think? 

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Dating in this day and age is an absolute mind field.

We have to navigate and hopefully dodge catfishers, serial ghosters and players – just to name a few.

It may come as no surprise when you reach your 30s, you can look back on your history with 'fond' memories of the trials and tribulations of the dating world.

 

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Our main Love Island hun, Caroline Flack has done just that.

In a candid letter to the "men of her thirties", the presenter gets real about the ups and downs of relationships.

After she detailed the nitty gritty (cough, cough Harry Styles), she paid a beautiful tribute to her fiance, Andrew Brady.

 

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Penning the letter for Cosmopolitan magazine, the 38-year-old said:

"I dated friends and I dated younger men and I dated men who were hopelessly inappropriate and it was all… fun."

"Dating as a thirty-something woman felt more powerful than dating in my twenties – and all you guys made me see that," she continued.

 

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"By your thirties, you’ve survived heartbreak, you’ve survived long, messy relationships, you’ve survived unrequited love and maddening love that leaves you tired and confused and willing to give it all up. Those are important things to have gone through and survived."

"People talk about meeting someone and feeling as though you’ve known them your whole life. That’s what it felt like when I met you… We laugh until we cry. I’ve never had that before – with anyone.

"Every other relationship I’ve had has only been about love, but with you it’s about friendship, too. It’s what I’ve been looking for," she wrote.

 

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"My life was complete before you came into it – a man doesn’t complete your life. But I wanted to make room in it for you. I look at you and I think, Yes, Andrew, you’re the one I’ve been waiting for," she concluded.

Sorry, we were just sobbing.

The pair announced their engagement in April and here's hoping that we'll get just as lucky in love. 

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It looks like it's all on again for Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik after the model shared a cosy snap on her Insta story. 

The pair announced their split in March, though to wasn't long before reconciliation rumours started to circulate, with photographs showing the two leaving each other's apartments on multiple occasions. 

Oh, and let's not forget that oh-so-awkward sidewalk snuggle. 

However, despite the headlines, neither Gigi or Zayn publicly commented on theit relationship status – until now. 

After attending the premiere of Ocean's 8 in New York last night, it seems Gigi decided to give the after party a miss and spent the night cuddling with her beau. 

Meanwhile, Gigi's younger sister Bella has also rekindled things with her ex, The Weeknd and little brother was seen smooching Kendall Jenner. 

Never a dull day!  

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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. 

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Sarah Godfrey and Rob Lipsett appeared to have the perfect Instagram relationship. 

From the gym to the white beaches of the Maldives, their comments sections were littered with the hashtag #couplegoals. 

However, the couple split a number of weeks ago, and Sarah took to her Instagram stories to make a statement.

I am no longer in a relationship and won’t be commenting on the reasons I was forced to end the relationship because of the seriousness of the situation,' Sarah wrote.

Telling her fans she had been 'suffering in silence,' she continued:

'All I will say is, you should never feel afraid or in danger in any relationship and the second that does happen it is time to walk away and remove yourself.'

 

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'Thank you to everyone for your kind messages and continued support and to my close friends and family for helping me through this difficult time.'

'I would now like to move forward and leave the past in the past and focus on myself and my future.'

The couple have unfollowed one another on Instagram and have removed their online association with one another by deleting recent pictures. 

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Arguing with our partners is never fun, but it is, unfortunately, an inevitable part of life. Whether it's over bills or bedtimes habits or something else, a spat is bound to break out every now and then.

However, there's one three-letter word that could make those fights even worse, psychotherapist Katherine Schafler says.

And what is this terrible word? 'But'.

"Using but in a sentence generally serves to negate or distil all the positive statements you made before it," Katherine wrote in Business Insider.

For example, if your partner says 'I care about you, but I'm finding this situation really difficult', you may start to question how much they actually care for you.

She further explained that when we hear the word 'but', our brains translate it to 'here's the catch'.

Then we start to go on the defensive and shut ourselves off from possible solutions, doubting whether our partner really believes any of the positive statements they shared.

The word 'but' creates distance between ourselves and our partners, which makes finding peace difficult.

Luckily, Katherine's got an easy fix for this tricky word – and it's another one that's just three letters long!

Replace 'but' with 'and' so you can still make your points, but without implying that you are disregarding positive statements.

So here's to more 'ands', fewer 'buts', and hopefully shorter arguments!

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Have you ever wondered who you'd marry? 

What will they look like, where will they be from, and what will they do for a living? 

Well, we can't tell you for sure what they'll look like, or where they'll hail from, but we may be able to help you with the last query! 

What will they do for a living? 

Well, we had a lengthy read of research by Bloomberg Business, and apparently your job could help you to predict your future BAE. 

By scanning over US Census Bureau data covering 3.5 million households, Bloomberg created an interactive chart that shows how people are pairing up by profession.

The results are hella interesting! 

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Teachers

Female teachers are most likely to marry other teachers.

Male teachers are most likely to marry teachers or education administrators.

Financial analysts

Female financial analysts are most likely to marry male financial managers or female retail salespeople.

Male financial analysts are most likely to marry female teachers or male operations research analysts.

Retail salespeople

Female retail salespeople are most likely to marry male retail salespeople or female retail supervisors.

Male retail salespeople are most likely to marry female retail salespeople or male health-practitioner-support technologists and technicians.

So much knowledge – shall I continue? 

Physicians and surgeons

Female physicians and surgeons are most likely to marry male or female physicians and surgeons.

Male physicians and surgeons are most likely to marry female physicians and surgeons or male registered nurses.

Lawyers and judges

Female lawyers and judges are most likely to marry male lawyers and judges or female computer workers.

Male lawyers and judges are most likely to marry female or male lawyers and judges.

CEOs

Female CEOs are most likely to marry male CEOs or female managers.

Male CEOs are most likely to marry female teachers or male CEOs.

Marketing and sales managers

Female marketing and sales managers are most likely to marry male managers or female insurance-claims and policy-processing clerks.

Male marketing and sales managers are most likely to marry female teachers or male business-operations specialists.

If we missed your occupation, head over to Bloomberg and find out more! 

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When it comes to relationships, playing away is undoubtedly one of the most devastating things your partner can do.

Anyone who's ever been cheated on will know how utterly shit it can make you feel.

Sad, lonely, hurt and confused, you'll ask yourself if it was something you did?

Of course the answers is no, but it's hard think logically when you've been betrayed by the one person you thought would never hurt you.

However, there is light at the end of the tunnel, and even though it may not feel like it at the time, it'll could make you a better person in the end.

Research suggests that women could actually enjoy huge benefits after being betrayed by an unfaithful partner.

A survey of 5,705 people from 96 countries found the women tend to thrive post-cheating, mainly because they are no longer being held back by an unfaithful partner, and will invest in better relationships in the future.

According to study author, Dr Craig Morris, a woman who's been cheated on will ultimately 'win' in the long run.

“The woman who ‘loses’ her mate to another woman will go through a period of post-relationship grief and betrayal, but come out of the experience with higher mating intelligence that allows her to better detect cues in future mates that may indicate low mate value.

“Hence, in the long-term, she ‘wins.’”

The research showed that six months to a year later women display higher levels of emotional intelligence, as well as improved self-confidence.

What's more, our f*ck boy radar gets kicked up a notch, meaning we're more likely to end up with someone who'll treat us the way we deserve to be treated.

So basically, while infidelity can be absolutely devastating, it could end up being the best thing that ever happened to you. 

Silver linings and all that.

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This won't come as a major surprise but dogs make you more appealing.

Fact. 

“Having a dog really says something about you,” she told NYTimes.

“It says you can care for a creature, that you can follow a schedule, get home to feed it, that you can walk it and love it and spend time with it.”

But wait, there's more!

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Match.com recently surveyed users and found that owning a pet can be a total make or break for single folk looking for love.

Nearly one-third of the 1,200 respondents admitted to being “more attracted” to the opposite sex because they had their very own doggo.

#Hereforthis!

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More than half of the respondents said they would be more inclined to date someone if they considered adopting an animal, and the majority admitted they wouldn’t pursue a relationship if that person didn’t like pets.

Too right. 

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This February, instead of swiping right on Tinder, grab a paint brush and your best mate and spend the evening sipping Prosecco, while creating your very own masterpiece. 

As part of their Craft Collective series, Galway's Tribeton is hosting a dating event with a twist: an evening of art and, hopefully, conversation! 

We all have a friend who's not right for us but may be perfect for someone else.

So, find your platonic pairing and be two of 20 men and 20 women looking for love in the luxurious surroundings of Tribeton.

Guests will be treated to a glass of Prosecco or pint of beer on arrival before checking out the talent and grabbing a seat to join the class.

As part of the ticket price, PaintClub provides all the materials required and step-by-step instructions to make your way from blank canvas to finished masterpiece by the end of the night.

Absolutely no experience is necessary, and you may just find the person of your dreams over the top of a canvas!

Located on 1-3 Merchant’s Road in Galway’s City Centre, Paint Dates @Tribeton costs just €100 per pair with the caveat that attendees must come as an opposite sex twosome

So grab a friend from the 'friend zone' and come have some fun and paint and date! For more details see www.paintclub.ie

To make a booking see www.tribeton.ie or for more information follow them on social media @tribeton.

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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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