Elton John and husband David Furnish fond of exchanging love letters

Elton John and his husband David Furnish met and fell in love, making it official in a manner of days. That was twenty-five years ago.

Today they share a family and are living a true love Hollywood story.

Sir Elton John is perhaps the right hand of the music industry, having put out numerous hit songs and making the soundtrack to many lives from “Rocketman,” “Bennie and the Jets,” and “Tiny Dancer.” In his younger years, he struggled with the weight of stardom and finding his forever partner. That changed when he hosted a certain dinner party in 1993. He’d asked one of his friends to invite a group of people he’d never met before. In that group of people was the love of his life and future husband David Furnish.

David Furnish was born near Toronto, Canada, and moved abroad, first to London to escape the shame he’d received at home. He grew up in a middle-class, loving home but after coming out to his mother in college and feeling heartbroken by the response she gave him.

After that all he wanted a fresh start.

David traveled to Europe and landed a job as an advertising executive in London. Driven and hardworking, Furnish became the youngest person on the Ogilvy & Mather board. When he met John, it was completely by happenstance.

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When he was invited to the dinner party at John’s house, Furnish was skeptical. He thought the night might be boring and refused a driving service offered to him for the option to drive because he was worried about being able to leave when he wanted. He didn’t leave the party early and he found himself back at John’s house the next night for dinner. And in the words of Sir Elton John’s words, “The next night we had dinner. After it, we consummated our relationship.” Things moved pretty quickly.

Shortly after, Furnish left Ogilvy & Mather. He started working on bigger projects. To date, his projects have included the 1996 documentary he made about his partner “Elton John: Tantrums and Tiaras,” which showed the world a side of Elton John never before seen. John found the movie to be a gift and used it as a conduit of personal growth. The two also worked on Elton John‘s biopic, “Rocketman.”

In 2014 Elton John and David Furnish got married. They didn’t feel they were missing anything in their civil partnership, however, the legalization of same-sex marriage earlier in the year encouraged them to take the step. They wanted to celebrate this new right and live by example.

The couple is enjoying their life and the new joys of parenthood, as they have two little boys.

Their first child Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John was born in 2010 on Christmas Day via surrogate. Their second son was born two years later. On January 11, the couple welcomed Elijah Joseph Daniel to their loving lives. And if that isn’t cute enough, to keep the romance alive and just because they genuinely love to, the couple writes letters.

They write letters to each other every Saturday because they met on a Saturday and just want to remind the other that they are loved. The star has since retired from performing, wanting to focus on his family life. He announced the Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour to be his last, which ends in London at the end of this year.

THREE-SOME: Could you share your partner without being jealous?

Could a couple invite a plus one into their bed without it tainting their relationship?

It’s not that men always have to ‘convince’ their partners to invite a third intimate partner. Today, many women are just as comfortable with the idea.

“If your relationship can’t survive this, then that says a lot,” says Kim*. She and her partner Jarrod have tried their hand at a few multi-partner sessions in the past and say it adds something to their relationship rather than subtracting from it.

For many, there is a lot of pressure to tick off a range of sexual experiences. And threesomes rank as the highest male fantasy according to a 2017 study.

Though we all could have guessed this, the reality is much different. Not that many men, or women for that matter, ever follow through and actively pursue the fulfillment of this fantasy, says this study.

But more and more South African couples are experimenting with the idea of introducing a third partner to play with underneath the sheets.

Dr Ryan Scoats, who did his PhD on multi-sex partner sexual encounters, says that threesomes are nothing new and that our mainstream idea of what threesomes entail or how it could impact on a relationship, is very skewed.

He says that, very importantly, the only reason why you should do something sexually: is because you want to do it. If a couple decides to pursue a multi-sex partner scenario, whether casual or regularly, it needs to be because they both want to.

A once-off threesome is one thing. But what about one that reoccurs every few weeks? That is, an organised ‘arrangement’ between a couple and a third.

“It’s the perfect arrangement,” says Steph*.  She and Johan have been dating for three years. After having their first-ever threesome, purely by luck one drunken evening, it led them to Tinder, where they created a profile to find a willing participant keen to join them for some future’ fun’.

Three couples

In this instance, three’s not a crowd.

And not only did they match with a woman, they both found desirable, they were lucky enough to click with her as well. “For Steph and me, it’s really about the sexual thrill. But it’s so much better with a girl that you like to hang out with too,” says Johan.

The three of them now have a Whatsapp group and flirtingly message during work hours, seductively chatting about their next hook up.

“I send more messages to her than Johan does,” says Steph*. Porn predominantly depicts women as having a lack of sexual agency in these types of arrangements, which has, over time, packaged ‘threesomes’ as a hedonistic fetish, only reserved for men. But women can be just as interested. Whether in a couple or not.

“I hate that so many people think that it’s just the guy that wants this. I don’t see myself with a woman ever, but I do like to play around with the idea. It’s sexy,” says Kim*.

But can a threesome ever be suitable for a relationship? “Absolutely. We share a bed every three weeks and a Whatsapp group, but no feelings.” For Kim* and Jarred, it’s not about fulfilling an emotional need in their relationship. It’s pure fantasy.

Granted, it’s not for everyone.

But for many couples, contrary to popular belief, it’s not a source of issues – instead, it has encouraged communication between them. Discussing and sharing sexual fantasies instead of experiencing or dreaming about it in isolation for fear that your partner might disapprove, could create a safe, rather than an insecure space.

Remember to ALWAYS practice safe sex.

Demi Lovato confirms new love on IG

Demi Lovato has made a revelation that she is dating model Austin Wilson.

Guess what. Lovato made the relationship Instagram official!

The ‘Sorry Not Sorry’ singer made it clear that she is now off the market as she posted a monochrome picture of her with Austin who is cutely planting a kiss on her cheek on Tuesday and captioned, “My” accompanied with a heart emoticon.

To confirm our story, the 25-year old model also shared the same click on his feed writing, “My love.” And in no time, the singer’s friends dropped their congratulatory notes in the comment section.

Actor Debra Messing commented on the post, “Gorgeous.” However, their dating timeline is not confirmed yet.

Meanwhile, Lovato was most recently linked to ‘Bachelorette’ alum Mike Johnson.

After exchanging some flirty messages on social media, their romance “fizzled out” after Johnson opened up about their private dates and disclosed that Lovato is a “really good kisser.””Nothing happened, it just ran its course,” an insider source told E!News in late October.

The insider added, “Demi was definitely interested in Mike at one point, but it was short-lived and she wasn’t ever planning on dating him seriously.”A few days back, she opened up about her fatal drug overdose in July 2018.

On the work front, Lovato is all set to appear in the upcoming season of ‘WillGrace’ which airs next year.

The true test of love

Jean Adams, a French footballer, has been in coma for 37 years due to a mistake his doctor made while putting him to sleep for a surgery to repair a torn ligament.

His wife Bernadette, who he married in 1969 still stays by his bedside till today.

A story of love, pain and tears. I ran into the story this morning – and it really just broke my heart.

The wife tends for him, looks after him, feeds him, and with the help of nurses and physiotherapists who come every day, she’s able to bath him and provide daycare 24/7.

The interesting, but the sad part of this story is the said doctor and his colleague only went to jail for a month and was fined about 815 dollars.

That’s all.

For an error that has cost a man his entire life, cost his family a father and a husband, and cost the world a great athlete.

We will never know of true love – if things always work out and nothing tests our resolve.

Love is an action word.

Love is not just roses and vacations.

Love is basically giving up yourself and your life, if need be, for someone else.

That woman is a gem, and will always be.

Zhou Ying reveals her secret to surviving long distance relationship

Remember Zhou Ying?

The Star Search 2007 (the competition that produced stars like Andie Chen, Ya Hui and Desmond Tan) alumnus might have only been in Singapore for a few short years, but the Shanghai-born actress certainly made a splash with her acting chops. Among her most memorable roles is as Tang Ying in Breakout, which also earned her a Best Actress nom during the 2011 Star Awards.

When she decided to pack her bags and return to Shanghai at the peak of her career in 2013, some wondered if she was going home to get married, or if she was retiring from showbiz. At the time, she shared that she wanted to spend more time with her family.

Fast forward six years later, and Zhou Ying chuckled that there was more to it than she realised at the time. Speaking to newsmen while sipping coffee at Wild Honey during her vacation in Singapore on Sunday, the 34-year-old shared: “I was just so burned out that I felt like I had nothing more to give.

“I filmed three dramas a year – maybe even more – and I was exhausted. I didn’t have time to recuperate, and I felt like there wasn’t anything new I could show through my acting. That’s when I knew I needed a change.”

This change includes a conscious effort to pick up a maximum of one drama and one movie, or their equivalent in terms of commitment, a year. She is still very much into acting, and has continued challenging herself by taking on projects that push her limits. She took on her first theater play last year as she felt that she needed to force herself to be better at memorizing her script, and proudly declared that she pulled off a two-and-a-half hour production with aplomb.

She mused, “I need breaks in between my projects. I can’t just rest for a day. I need weeks, or even better, a month to rest, recharge and recuperate. I also have my family and friends to think of. I need time to paktor (date) as well.”

As for who she’s paktor-ing with, Zhou Ying shared that she has been dating her non-celebrity boyfriend for about eight years.

“I got to know him even before I came to Singapore. We started dating before I came here, and we were in a long distance relationship when I was working here,” she said. “Now that I look back, I don’t know how we managed to maintain our relationship, but we did. I guess it’s also because the both of us are very similar in the sense that we work out our problems rather than to avoid talking about it, only for all of it to pile up and come back to haunt us later on.”

At this point, she had to clarify that she is still very much unmarried. “Both of us are very lucky that we have very understanding parents,” she explained. “As our elders, they are understandably concerned about our future, but they’re also very respectful of our wishes, which we’re grateful for. We’ll be getting married soon, though!”

Although she declined to shed more light on her definition of ‘soon’, the huge smile on her face when talking about her other half indicates she’s very much, and very adorably, in love.

Kylie is a sexy, bad*** mom – Travis Scott

Travis Scott, who recently bought a 2018 Maybach G650 Landaulet  worth $1.6m, claims that having a child hadn’t impacted on his and Kylie’s sex life.

Speaking as he interviewed the lip-kit mogul for Playboy magazine, 28-year-old Travis said: “A lot of people claim that having a baby can hurt your sex life, but I feel like that’s the opposite of our experience.”

And Kylie agreed as she added: “Yeah, I feel like we’ve definitely proven that rumour to be wrong.”

In a previously released preview for the interview, the ‘Keeping Up with the Kardashians’ star heaped praise on her boyfriend for showing her she can be both “sexy” and a “bada** mum” at the same time.

She said: “You remind me that motherhood and sexuality can coexist, and just because you embrace your sexuality doesn’t mean you have loose morals or you’re not a good mother. You can be sexy and still be a bada** mum.

“We think the same and have the same goals and passions in life. Besides the fact that we have good chemistry, we have a lot of fun together. You’re my best friend. Through all the ups and down that every relationship has, we evolve together through them and keep getting stronger.”

Types of Australian Sugar Babies you should know

The term “sugar babies” is gaining popularity around the world, especially in Australia where love-stricken females (mostly university students) have swarmed Seeking Arrangement in search of deep-pocketed sugar daddies and sugar mommies who are ready to trade cash and gifts for fun. Sugar babies are categorized differently.

Cash is king” sugar babies are about material gains and financial rewards. They are available for extraordinary sexual relationships but don’t want an overbearing partner. These Australian girls treasure freedom and are always available to the highest bidder.

Spoil Me with Love” sugar babies are dreamy; they don’t crave for financial rewards but may request for outrageously expensive gift such as a supercar. Additionally, these group of girls prefer sugar daddies who can take them on vacations, cruise ship travels, spa outings and to exotic diners in Australia’s numerous continental restaurants.

Friend and Protege” sugar babies are mainly focused on their career and life goals. They want more than financial support and will appreciate accomplished sugar daddies with solid connections to provide jobs and sponsorship for advanced studies within or outside Australia.

Marry Me” sugar babies in Australia want everything sugar daddies can offer those in previous three categories plus marriage. As “clever cookies,” they abhor “no-strings-attached” relationships.

Australian sugar baby facts

According to Sugar Baby University, Australia, over 175,000 students have joined the matchmaking website for “exploitative and somewhat sex-themed relationships” that guarantee financial freedom—particularly student debt financing—and hope for a secured future. Payment for academic books, housing and other university-related bills are the major benefits.

The number of registered students increased by 42% in 2018. Apart from the expensive gifts, sugar babies in Australia have chances of networking with professionals who can provide money-spinning business ideas, partnerships or support. On the average, each subscribed user on Seeking Arrangement receives monthly allowance valued at $3,000 per month.

The most common categories of sugar babies in Australia

  1. College sugar baby: This group of students are aged between 23 – 27 years. They are most ideal for sugar daddies because there is no commitment (except for him). These group of Australia girls are not bothered about getting married; they prefer spending quality time with “matured minds” or people with responsibilities and are ever-willing to showcase their freedom by trying something out-of-the-box. College sugar babies in Australia include foreign students who flock around strategic locations in Perth, Melbourne, Sydney, and other major cities where it is very easy to meet wealthy sugar daddies. The girls are mostly beautiful, fashionable, outgoing, experienced with men, and a perfect company for outings.
  2. Sugar Mamas baby: This group of sugar babies are young lesbians who prefer sugar mommies for fun and financial rewards though—in some cases—the girls may find a mother figure or role model them. Australia’s protection of LGBTQ rights makes it a safe haven for such relationships.
  3. BBW sugar baby: BBW is an acronym for Big Breasted Women. In this context, BBW sugar babies refer to students who prefer relationships with busty women although the need for financial rewards and gifts precedes sexual attraction or preference—in most cases.
  4. Fake sugar baby: This category of sugar babies has features which include lying about their educational qualifications to gain attention, and faking or “adjusting” their sexual orientation to keep a relationship. Fake sugar babies often use too much makeup and fashion accessories which—unknown to them—indicate high maintenance costs for potential sugar daddies. In most cases, these relationships don’t last beyond the first date.

For most Australian girls, finding a sugar daddy is like winning a lottery. However, most SDs are jealous and possessive in nature so setting your priorities and making them known is one way of gaining maximum satisfaction from Seeking Arrangement.

Angelababy still in love with Huang Xiaoming

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Power couple Huang Xiaoming and Angelababy have been plagued with divorce rumors as of late, with some attributing it to the Hong Kong actress’ supposed infidelity.

Both celebs usually do not comment on such rumors, although Angelababy was forced to refute speculation that she had split from the Chinese actor earlier this year.

Despite the denial, the bad press around the couple has continued to swirl. This has, however, been slowed down by the pair’s recent appearance at the Spectrum of the Seas naming event held in Shanghai. They rarely appear at the same event as they are busy with their respective work schedules, with some insiders sharing that they chose to do so in order to dispel rumors that their wedding is on the rocks.

What grabbed netizens’ attention the most was Xiaoming’s attentiveness towards his wife throughout the event. As she was wearing a gown with a long train, he made sure to help her hold the train while she was on the stairs, and even made an effort to arrange it artfully on the floor afterwards.

They were also all smiles at the event, with a video of the pair together going viral on Weibo.

Comments left by netizens were mostly supportive of the couple, with many stating that a feuding couple would never be able to act this way.

Kevin Cheng prefers wife in sexy outfits

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Hong Kong actors Kevin Cheng and Grace Chan tied the knot last August and welcomed their first child, a son, in February.

While the first-time father has had his hands full with parenting duties, it turns out that he’s also been busy with something else: policing his wife’s wardrobe.

Grace attended a brand event on May 29, where she talked about her experience as a mother and how Kevin has asked her to tone down on her dressing.

“He doesn’t really control what I wear as long as I’m not dressed too sexily!” she revealed. “He’s very satisfied with (the red dress) that I’m wearing today, because he feels that there’s no need for me to dress sexily all the time.”

The 27-year-old let on that the couple checks out each other’s outfits before events, and that Kevin has only set one line that Grace cannot cross: lingerie shoots.

“I think he’s right in this aspect. As a husband, I can understand that he wants to protect his wife and doesn’t want her to reveal so much skin,” she mused.

During the event, the actress also talked about her son Rafael’s 100th day party, which took place earlier this month. Although the event lasted only two hours, the number of children running around on the day itself caused her to be so exhausted that she collapsed on the sofa after the party ended.

Grace also gave the media a description of Rafael’s personality, sharing that he seems to be extroverted as he’s been exposed to numerous people since his birth, and he therefore warms up to strangers easily.

Is it godly for Christians to date online?

Online dating is one of those subjects that Christians enjoy debating. In one camp, there are some who believe looking for love online betrays a lack of faith in God’s provision of a spouse. In their view, the seemingly endless lists of online profiles creates a superficial consumer mentality that undermines the sacrificial nature of Christ-centered love.

The other side counters that online dating is merely a tool God can use to bring two people together – users don’t place their faith in the matchmaking site, but in the Lord. They point to their neighbor/sister/uncle/friend that met his/her spouse online and is enjoying a healthy, happy marriage.  What can be wrong with that?

The arguments on both sides have merit. Like many things, online dating isn’t inherently evil or good. Sometimes things are less about what we do than about the heart we do it with. More often than not, the Bible offers general principles over specifics. We can then take these big ideas and apply them to our everyday lives and the choices we make. But that process requires wisdom, discernment and guidance.

Focus’ online community for young adults, Boundless, seeks to help singles navigate these issues. Through Boundless, Focus encourages intentional living and offers resources that motivate young adults to know their worth in Christ as individuals and to be open to the opportunities God may have for them.

For some in the Boundless community, this may lead them to trust God to bring a spouse through church, work, or a blind date set up through mutual friends. For others, it may involve signing up to an online dating site and seeing if God uses that. Boundless has even joined forces with online dating service ChristianCafe.com to help connect marriage-minded Christian singles and provide them with Bible-based relationship advice.

But then what?

What if a single man or woman signs up to ChristianCafe.com and meets someone? Where do they go from there? You can’t stay online forever, so how does a potential couple make the jump from the virtual world to the “real world”?

To help answer this question, I’m going to share some tips from one of my female colleagues. She met her husband online and has good insight on making the transition from being matched in a dating service to meeting in-person.

1. Meet in-person as soon as you can.

Think of online dating as merely a tool to meet new people. My husband and I know of various other Christian couples who met online and are now married. Common to all of us was that we transitioned from the online world to the “real world” as soon as we could.There’s a temptation when meeting online to keeping it there because it’s so “safe.” You can share at a heart-level, showing only the best of yourself and hiding what’s not as flattering. That’s why meeting in person sooner rather than later is wise. It gives you a chance to get to know the person in the real world. It’s important to see for yourself how this person treats others, deals with everyday frustrations and carries him/herself.

Scheduling the in-person meeting before you develop serious feelings can help you make wise decisions on whether this is a relationship you want to continue exploring or not.

2. Common sense is as important online as it is in the “real world.”

Be safe. Meeting on a Christian dating site doesn’t automatically mean the person you’re communicating with is who they say they are. When you schedule that first in-person meeting, do it in a public area. Let your friends and/or family know what you’re doing.

3. Quickly bring this person into your community and get to know theirs. This gives you much-needed context to making sure this person is who they say they are.

When my husband and I first met in person, I had someone I trusted (an older male) come with me and help me make sure this “virtual guy” was legit. I also made sure he met some of my trusted friends early on so they could give me input. That he was willing to be vetted helped me realize his intentions were sincere and his heart humble. That he quickly made sure I met his friends and family helped me know his intentions were serious.

4. It’s OK if the initial meeting is a bit awkward at first.

I’m not going to lie – I felt a bit self-conscious and shy that first day I hung out with The Man Who Would Become My Husband. It was strange to me that this guy knew how my day at work yesterday had gone, and yet I didn’t know if his eyes crinkled up when he smiled or if he gestured a lot when he talked. (In case you’re wondering, by the way, they do and he does.)

He was patient for me to come out of my shell a bit, and thank God I was able to overcome any foolish notions I had that our meeting would be perfect out of the box. We learned that it’s worth working for things that matter.

5. In all things, trust God and follow His lead.

In the end, meeting online is something we don’t even think about now. God used online dating to get us together, but, like couples who meet in a more conventional manner, we had to pray, trust and obey throughout every step of the dating and engagement journey.

We’ve now been married for four-and-a-half years and we have two precious kids. There’s no doubt in our minds that God, not our dating site, was our ultimate matchmaker.

How to attract love from people, even your sworn enemies

2019 is a year of self-motivation, personal development and prosperity. The focus is still on New Year’s resolutions and understanding how to continually leverage your own drives by adopting new habits that aid attainment of your goals.

This makes February the ideal time to consider how a better understanding of the motivations of others is both a more positive and empathetic way of navigating life. It also significantly increases your own ability to achieve desired outcomes.

That’s because when we appreciate the motivations of others, we can more effectively navigate potentially difficult conversations and propose solutions that can more easily be agreed upon, all with a greater sense of mutual satisfaction.

Objectively, motivation is an amazing and almost spiritual concept. It’s the force that keeps us going and the drive behind why we do what we do, when and how we do it.

Researchers and business experts offer numerous theories, including those grounded in biological, social, emotional, or cognitive foundations to explain the source, maintenance, and channeling of motivation.

Since understanding the source of our own motivations is so difficult, considering its application in the choices of someone else can seem daunting. Ideally, there would be lots of time and information to inform your “motivation audit.” Here’s how–even at a moment’s notice–you can be more deliberate, intentional, and effective when considering the motivation of others.

PRIORITIZE DOING IT

Whether it’s a critical team discussion or an awkward conversation with a roommate, much of our emotional and mental preparation is focused on our own agenda. We define what we want from the encounter, and then justify why our outcome is warranted.

“In order to find the win-win sweet spot that is at the crux of abundant thinking,” says Katia Verresen, “we need to bend our mind to truly understand the motivations of those around the table.” Equally important, adds the CEO and founder of KVA Leadership, are those who may not be around the table but impact the decision.

“I typically have clients draw a power map of all those involved, write down their needs and motivation, the ‘why’ for each one,” explains Verresen. “This encourages a better understanding of each person’s perspective and enables them to track the flow of discussion, and deliberately influence for a greater win-win result.”

CHECK YOURSELF

The authors of the book Blind Spot: The Hidden Biases of Good People argue that between 80% to 90% of our mind works unconsciously. In just the past decade, there have been over 1,000 studies that conclusively show that despite our best intentions, our perceptions are all impacted by our bias.

That’s why, in order to effectively and objectively consider the motivations of others, we have to do our best to mitigate the impact of our biases.

“When it comes to checking your own bias in or before an exchange, ask yourself, why you are asking these questions, and would you ask these questions universally?” suggests Lisa Mattam, who prior to founding Sahajan, an Ayurvedic skin care brand, led a global consulting firm focused on diversity, inclusion, and unconscious bias. And if not, she posits, then consider what is informing the line of conversation or curiosity.

REALLY LISTEN

“Listening is hard because we’re often consumed with ourselves,” says Hal Gregersen, executive director of the MIT Leadership Center. “Unfortunately with the hectic, chaotic, complicated pace of work life today, people are even more committed to getting their own agenda accomplished,” he observes. However, understanding starts with really listening.

I cultivated my own listening superpowers while researching two nonfiction books that collectively involved over 800 interviews, said Reva of Fast Company. I wrote down everything that was said so I could go back over my notes, which included observations on body language and tone, along with their verbatim remarks to make sure I was getting what people were actually saying, not just my perception of the conversation.

TAKE A BIG-PICTURE LOOK

Understanding another person’s motivations includes considering what they are deliberately not sharing, as well as what may be unconsciously influencing them.

To really engage individuals with philanthropy, for example, it’s important to understand their motivations for giving. Colin Hennigar, vice president of Major Gifts at the SickKids Foundation, says, “Those could include recognition, leaving a legacy, donating in honor of someone, or being part of something that is bigger than they could do alone.”

“I personally like to know a bit about the donor I’m meeting for the first time,” explains Hennigar, “but I also have a list of questions, the answers of which I use to understand their motivations and curate the donor’s experience with the hospital. The most important skills are observing and listening, which ultimately lead to building a trusting and meaningful relationship with a donor.”

LOOK FOR A WIN-WIN

“The cliché Hollywood portrayal of combative negotiations often leads to bad outcomes,” says Seth Rosenberg, an investor at Greylock Partners. “Be transparent if you want to increase your ability to arrive at a win-win,” he says.

Rosenberg cites a classic business-school case study in which two teams need to negotiate over the distribution of oranges. “If you start with bartering over oranges,” he says, “neither team wins.” By sharing information instead, Rosenberg points out, “you realize that one team only needs the peel and the other one the juice–and you have a deal.”

FIND WHAT YOU HAVE IN COMMON

Finding common ground is a great way to establish the kind of connection that will help you achieve what you set out to do.

“You’d be hard pressed to find a person that I’ve negotiated with in this city who hasn’t heard about one of my travel stories or my favorite places to dive,” says Jennifer Stojkovic, executive director at sf.citi, a San Francisco initiative for technology and social responsibility.

Stojkovic believes that contrary to much of the business-focused advice you often hear, showing a more personal, emotional side of yourself helps you build a deeper connection with the other person. “They may not agree with you or even remember the details of your negotiation,” she says, “but they won’t forget how you made them feel when you told them a great story or gave them a big laugh.”

Should you ask astrologers before falling in love?

Nobody wants heartaches from “blind” love these days but—thanks to astrologers—we can twist fate through zodiac sign reading and love compatibility tests because our dates of birth provide reliable clues on relationships, lifestyles, habits, business and luck, among others.

Have you dated a jealous, violent or possessive lover? You may have sneakily glanced through your partner’s text messages, wallet and safe boxes, looking for evidence to prove your suspicions. You may have even stalked your loved ones on Facebook. Then what? Right or wrong, these are some of the traits possessed by jealous partners, and if you find yourself guilty of these relationship-killing pranks, be assured that you’re not alone.

In fact, 9 out of 10 times, jealousy between lovers stems from the fear of being cheated. And the reality of irreplaceability—without doubts—leads to obsession and loss of confidence, which often disrupt one’s mental balance to the point of unnecessary confrontations or violence.

However, knowing your new zodiac sign (dates have changed from the old calendar) and matching it with your partner’s, is the first step to finding lasting love.

For instance, Scorpio and Virgo are considered the most jealous zodiac signs, especially when they’re wrongly matched with others. Further, Water Zodiac signs (Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces) are known for jealousy and they’re prone to sudden acts of doubt and suspicion in relationships.

However, Cancer and Scorpio are usually secretive introverts with signs of emotional insecurity. They would rather pretend not be jealous in order to conceal their negative emotion. That said, astrologers advise carefulness from potential lovers. Communication is thus crucial in relationships with Cancer and Scorpio. Yet, when Water Zodiac signs fall in love with each other, they enjoy stability and emotional security. A look at Pisces man and Aquarius woman explains this better.

Pisces are also jealous but compassionate—with a greater chance of forgiving unfaithfulness in relationships than Cancer and Scorpio. In most cases, Pisces prefer to blame themselves for their partners’ shortcomings. Pisces are compatible with other water signs and their relationships with Aquarius (one of the Air Zodiac Signs) offer an unusual bond filled with burning passion, true love, understanding and unbreakable closeness. This is more so because air signs find jealousy a waste of time but would rather worry about their intellect and life problems than romantic relationships. On the other hand, the Aquarius woman is unique, relatively sociable, and possess a stimulating personality that makes them likeable. With a progressive spirit and ideas over emotions, she is always focused on the greater good. Her love for intelligent people is striking. She is a brilliant, visionary change-driver who won’t stop at anything until the desired transformation is achieved, even if it requires seeking support through “unfair practices”.

Aquarius hate jealousy from their partners; such arguments or accusations are a turn-off and, where unavoidable, would choose neither to offer explanations nor ask for understanding. They brim with great ideas, have fun conversations, but always crave for freedom in relationships. Aquarius are good listeners and always willing to lend help. However, most Aquarius women feel cramped when people pose threats to their living space because they have a detached characteristic that stops them from getting too close or free with friends and family. Lack of intimacy can be frustrating for her.

How to love Aquarius Women

Falling in love isn’t always easy for an Aquarius woman but when she finds that special someone, she never gives up her feelings as long as she is unrestricted and allowed to be herself. She invests energy in long-distance relationships and enjoys exchange of texts or letters, even in the wee hours. Her major problem is the unconscious fear of losing her personality to others. This usually affects her thought pattern and triggers some kind of expectations which force her into becoming who she is not meant to be—a total opposite of her real “lovable” character. Yet, a time comes in most Aquarius women’s lives when they choose to “grow up” and face a reality that a certain amount of love and care is enough to start a family and raise kids with her husband. Taking care of her husband and kids eventually becomes a priority. Even though this is one of her hardest decisions, she demands respect and understanding from everyone for this ultimate act of love which, to her, is totally rationale and incontestable. Yet, the sad realities of partnership dawns on her when her daily domestic/romantic routines eventually become dull. Again, going back and forth on her steamy libido can be frustrating.

Sex with Aquarius Women

On sexuality, Aquarius women prefer partners who don’t care about taboos of modern society or people’s opinion about sex. They want to express themselves in certain ways which may seem unconventional to others. She wants to experiment more with her man, display intimacy in strange places—and would willingly try outdoor sex if there are no intrusions expected. Extreme activities like parachuting, night clubbing, spicy foods, taking walks in the evening/night or bungee jumping will provide her with memorable thrills.

What she wants from her Man

The ideal Aquarius woman doesn’t love narrow-minded men or any partner who perceives her as “unladylike.” She can be exciting but unpredictable in relationships; this makes her unsuitable for men searching for secure, stable relationships with no dramas or emotional problems. One of her likable traits is the willingness to “do anything” for her man. She hates to be tied down but, interestingly, the Aquarius woman will never ask for anything more than respect from her partner with some surprises when possible—maybe during anniversaries.

On trust, the Aquarius woman can be truthful when she feels secure, loved and respected by her partner. She is trustworthy. However, when her personality is threatened in relationships, she would either tell lies to protect her position or call it quits immediately. Her biggest challenge is finding that inner, emotional peace in relationships and she would be grateful to her partner if he provides the perpetually elusive solution to her personality conflicts.

What every man should know about Aquarius Woman

She knows respect is her given right and will never fight or work towards earning it. She finds it very easy to shut off partners and move on alone with her life, especially if she feels hurt too many times. So, her man must be cautious, romantic and understanding—even when facing her sudden inexplicable mood swings.

Buying gifts for an Aquarius woman shouldn’t be hard if the man understands her desires—something uncommon, romantic and beautiful but not necessarily expensive. She could appreciate a dozen roses or a candlelight dinner but her respect and self-worth come first. Silver and purple are some of her favorite colors.

She loves her Pisces man dearly but arguments/quarrels between them can be funny. They fight and, sometimes, feel hatred burning inside them when they know deep within their hearts that they can’t survive long without each other. She sees him as too dreamy at times and worries that he is not maximizing opportunities to become rich. Their major problem is letting go of little things. Once they’re able to do so, their bond waxes stronger and keeps them in love like never before.

Lady Gaga suffers another painful heartbreak!

 

Lady Gaga and Christian Carino have reportedly ended their engagement.

Image shows Lady Gaga and Christian Carino the 25th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on January 27, 2019 in Los Angeles

The 32-year-old singer and the talent agent, 42, began dating in February 2017 before confirming their engagement in October last year, but it now seems they’ve decided to call time on their romance, as sources say they are no longer together.

An insider told People magazine: “It just didn’t work out. Relationships sometimes end. There’s no long dramatic story.”

Speculation of Gaga’s relationship status has been circling for some time, after fans noticed the ‘Million Reasons’ singer wasn’t wearing her engagement ring when she attended the Grammy Awards earlier this month.

Gaga didn’t bring Christian with her to the ceremony – despite him being in attendance at other events this season such as the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild Awards – and also didn’t thank him during her acceptance speech when her song ‘Shallow’ won the best pop duo or group performance prize.

The report comes after it was previously claimed the ‘A Star Is Born’ actress was “over the moon” about her engagement.

A source said in December: “Gaga is so over the moon at the moment. She is constantly telling those close to her how grateful she is to be at this point in her life and work with such incredible artists and be with the man she loves so dearly.

“Gaga is incredibly elated about her engagement.”

The source also then claimed Christian was “so proud of her success”.

They added: “Christian loves to make her happy and he is so proud of her success. He is patient because he was a huge influence in her doing the film to begin with. The amazing thing about their relationship is that he understands her work and career and he is there to guide her.

“This relationship is different because Christian understands her on a more intimate level. She trusts him fully and feels totally secure around him. They don’t get a lot of private time, but when they do, they love to have private getaways in fancy hotels.”

Lasting love tips from Asian celebs

Valentine’s Day has come and gone, but we all need to love and feel loved every day of our lives!

Like it or hate it, love has always been in the air. So, only a Valentine’s Grinch would wait to express gratitude, love and affection on 14 February each year.

In the spirit of love and everything worth celebrating among couples, families and friends, we decided to focus on the positives and enjoy the occasion with reminders from Asian celebrities. These words of wisdom–apparently born of experience–touched and inspired us to prepare this article as part of our #relationshipgoals4life.

Fann Wong and Christopher Lee

Christopher Lee put all husbands to shame when he turned up unexpectedly – and looking rather macho – at a media conference in 2015 (yes, we still remember!) with a bouquet of flowers for Fann Wong. *cue awws* Yes, you may argue that some women don’t like flowers, but it is not the bouquet but the gesture that matters. Guys, are you taking notes?

Love lesson: Don’t stop at marrying someone who makes your heart flutter. Marry someone who will be your personal cheerleader, who will be happier than you at your happiest moments, and sadder than you at your saddest ones. And this sweet post on Chris’ Instagram to the missus on their anniversary pretty much sums it up: “My dearest wife, we’ve been married for six years. Let’s remain loving for 60 years or even, 600 years!”

Priscelia Chan and Alan Tern

Priscelia Chan went through a dark two years when a “massive traumatic health ordeal” made her give up acting in 2016. Due to a suspected imbalance in her immune system, she suffered major skin problems – it was so bad that she thought would be permanently disfigured. It was traumatic to say the least, but even at her worst, hubby, former actor Alan Tern, would still tell her that she’s beautiful and reassured her that she’d recover. She’s finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel and has even returned to showbiz albeit behind the scenes, directing a short film as part of an incubator project.

Love lesson: Be your partner’s biggest pillar of support. Just being around, offering words of encouragement and loving them in sickness and in health can do wonders.

Alfred Sim and Tay Kewei

Alfred Sim spared no expense while proposing to his fellow singer and girlfriend of ten years, Tay Kewei. In May 2014, Kewei walked into a restaurant ready to perform for a client’s solemnisation ceremony, but it turns out that the gig was merely a facade for an elaborate proposal, as she was shocked to see about 40 members of her friends and family in the room. And in the middle of them stood Alfred, singing and strumming to her song, So in Love! A few rounds of confetti and poppers later, Kewei was led to a floating stage, where Alfred got down on one knee and popped the question.

But the proposal didn’t end there. Thinking it would be “anticlimactic” to go back to everyday life after getting engaged, Alfred whisked Kewei to Tokyo that very night, where she and Alfred were greeted by three friends who filmed and photographed their mini holiday. And as the final touch, Alfred surprised her with a pre-wedding photoshoot at the end of the trip. The trip cost upward of $50,000.

Now, we know what you’re thinking: how could their wedding possibly top that kind of gesture? It turns out that Alfred had more tricks up his sleeve, as the two enjoyed a gala-themed, star-studded wedding at the Shangri-La Hotel in January 2015.

Love lesson: Money can’t buy you love, but it can definitely buy you a “spoil market” engagement. Don’t ever hold back from your beloved! 

I’m the luckiest woman to have the honor of hearing your voice everyday of my life – Jessica Biel

Jessica Biel says she is “the luckiest human” to be married to Justin Timberlake.

The 36-year-old actress – who has three-year-old son Silas with the ‘Suits & Tie’ hitmaker – marked her spouse’s 38th birthday (31.01.19) by posting a throwback picture of the couple underwater on Instagram, and admitted she doesn’t mind having “smile lines”, which she quipped are caused by her husband’s jokes, because he fills her with so much “joy and laughter”.

Alongside the snap, she wrote: “Since the days of embarrassing pink ruffled bikinis and underwater photo shoots, you have been infusing my life with so much joy and laughter that I blame YOU for my smile lines.

“But I wouldn’t trade them for the world. I wear them with pride knowing that I am the luckiest human around to have the honor of hearing your jokes, your words, your voice, ever day of my life. (sic)”

Justin spent his birthday performing at Madison Square Gardens in New York, for his rescheduled ‘Man of the Woods Tour’ date – which he was forced to pull out of after damaging his vocal chords.

The night before his birthday, Justin shared a video of Jessica asleep and jokingly sang happy birthday to himself.

She then woke up and laughed: “I’m just preparing for our big night out. Just preparing.”

He captioned the humorous clip: “Gotta work tomorrow for my bday so wifey really going all out tonight.”

Earlier this month, the ‘Total Recall’ star heaped praise on the ‘Say Something’ hitmaker – who she tied the knot with in 2012 – for keeping their family together.

She said: “We’re constantly reading each other’s lines for auditions but honestly, this man held my family together.

“He held our family together. Without you, I would probably be divorced and sad and pitiful. I really do appreciate it is all I’m saying.”

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