On this month’s edition of Pop Culture on The Dating Relationship Show, I was joined by Grego Minot of The Real Housewives of Toronto, fashion blogger Sergio El-Azzi and lawyer and brand consultant Shenaz Mhammed. Together we talked about the latest in celebrity news, dealing with anxiety in relationships, dating as a virgin, marrying young and so much more.
Here’s a brief taste of what we talked about:
Early in January, the latest season of The Bachelor premiered. Colton Underwood, star of the hit reality show, revealed that he is a virgin while he was competing for Becca Kufrin’s affections on The Bachelorette. While there have been women who have admitted to being a virgin, Colton is the first guy on the franchise to speak out, and the show has capitalized on his confession.
Virginity can be a touchy subject when it comes to dating, and the truth is, it doesn’t have to be.
If you’re a virgin, broaching the subject to someone you’re dating can be intimidating, but have confidence. Own who you are and what you believe in. This can be a big deal only if you make it so, so take care to stop the over-analyzing in its tracks. More often than not, it’s a bigger deal to you than it is to them.
Anxiety is something we all experience at some point in our lives. The conversational about mental health is going strong – According to the Anxiety Disorders Association of Canada, one in four Canadians will have at least one anxiety disorder in their lifetime. How it manifests may vary, but just know that if you suffer from anxiety, you are not alone.
If you’re in a relationship and your partner is experiencing anxiety, it always helps to communicate from a place of love and understanding; conversely, being critical or judgemental could be harmful to your relationship.
If you’re the one experiencing anxiety, try and identify your triggers. What makes you anxious? Once you have a better understanding of what causes your anxiety, you can tackle the issue in a more informed, proactive way. Generally, taking some time for yourself is always a good idea – as is practicing your favorite stress-relieving activities, whatever that may be. Most importantly, communicate how you feel. You don’t need to tackle everything on your own – you loved ones can help you, but only if you let them.
Lately it seems that much of young Hollywood is rushing to tie the knot sooner rather than later, but standing apart from many of these couples is Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth. Though they’re both still fairly young, these two really took their time with their relationship, even taking time apart.
Here’s their history: these two were engaged in 2012 – she was 19 and he was 22. They called it quits only a year later. This was around the time that Miley released her album Bangerz, and spiraled into an arguably wild phase.
They both went on to date others before they reunited in 2016, with Miley even being spotted wearing her old engagement ring. Fast forward to December 2018 – the two finally got married in a small, family driven ceremony.
Miley previously opened up to Billboard about their relationship, saying that she and Liam grew in different directions and how they had to learn to “refall” for each other.
This is a great example of why it’s so important to create your identity and learn who you are before settling down. Not to hate on those who marry their high school sweethearts – sometimes you really do find the one that early on. But here’s some food for thought: when you’re young, you’re still discovering what you want, what you’re good at, who you ARE. How can you offer who you are, if you don’t know who you are?
There’s nothing wrong with being alone. Sometimes you need that time to truly know yourself. Sometimes there are things you need to experience first, places you need to go, people you need to meet. Take the time to be a little selfish – you can be selfless for the rest of your life. You’ll never get that time back.
This is only the surface of what we covered on the show – head over to the latest episode of The Dating and Relationship Show.