Forget 7 years…beware the ’18 month itch’!

First it was the seven-year itch. Then the three-year itch. Now a rash of recent celebrity break-ups seems to suggest that the honeymoon period is getting even shorter. That’s right: The stage when complements stop, sex dwindles and suddenly a partner’s cute little quirks go from totally adorable to totally annoying could happen in as little as 18 months. Read more

Diamonds are forever. Most relationships are a lot shorter.

I investigated the often inverse relationship between celeb relationship longevity and bling for The Curse of Neil Lane. 

Newly Engaged Britney Spears Celebrates 40th Birthday Of Her Fiance, Jason Trawick, At Sugar Factory American Brasserie And Chateau Nightclub & Gardens At Paris Las VegasA diamond is forever. But for clients of celebrity jeweler Neil Lane, engagements and marriages seem to be be a lot shorter. Now insiders are speculating that Miley Cyrus could be the latest victim of the ‘Neil Lane curse’.

Back in 2012, Miley tweeted ‘I feel like all my dreams are coming true!’ when fiancé Liam Hemsworth got down on one knee with custom-designed 3.5-carat cushion-cut diamond.

Some people seem to believe that having a massive rock makes a statement about the seriousness of the relationship. But size doesn’t count…at least, not when it comes to rings. [. . .]

Staging a Love Intervention, Part One

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I get a ton of letters from people whose friends/loved ones/colleagues are dating losers and scammers. They ask me how to bitch-slap them into reality using logical arguments. Here’s the thing: You usually can’t. You need a soft touch approach AND hard evidence.

Evolution has hard-wired women to love bad boys, and people in love are high on dopamine and temporarily insane.To illustrate how delusional ‘fantasy love’ can make us, let’s replace Tamara Ecclestone’s current beau with Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

Both men like to flash money around, both have vague occupations that allow them to sleep all day (currently Rutland is ‘International Playboy’ on Twitter and a ‘broker consultant’), and both are into love at first sight. Read more

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