PORTRAITS ON LOVE
We interviewed real couples and singles to share with us their joys, hardships, and advice on love, dating, and being solo.
TAYLOR, 31 & RACHEL, 31 — MARRIED
"Our primary form of communicating was over wine and when we got sober, we had to relearn how to talk and how to have sex."
SARA, 28 — SINGLE
"It’s hard to meet someone, especially through Tinder and going on a date and exposing yourself. It’s like a job interview, but your love life and sex is on the line."
ZERITA, 28 — SINGLE
"I thought British guys were trouble but not like here. I feel that men here have a lot of options and sometimes women are willing to settle for a someone who treats them in ways they they don’t always like. I’m not that type of person."
JIMMY, 29 & JAMIE, 29 — DATING
"Initially, I liked the chase of you. I liked that you didn’t like me. That’s the way to my heart. But then when I got to know him, I learned what a goof he can be and what a sweet man he is."
TRIXIE, 29 & TOM, 34 — DATING
"I think it’s important to say “thank you” and when you’re at the right point, “I love you.” Showing appreciation is important."
ERIC, 31 — SINGLE
"There’s a constant self-doubt of both your value as a date partner and also questions around the date. Like, why am I getting a drink on a Tuesday? What are we accomplishing here? But the more I go out and meet people, the less intimidating it is and the more it’s just a drink on a Tuesday."
JEFF, 30 — SINGLE
"I do really love being single because I don’t love having to coordinate and I don’t like having to ask to do things."
GABBY, 22 & LORENZO, 23 — DATING
"I think it’s important to balance your friends and your girlfriend and if you’re investing in one way more than the other, that’s a problem. One shouldn’t get more attention than the other, especially at our age."
KATE, 30 & LIAM, 31 — dating
"I think for most people, a lot of what draws them to another person is how they feel about themselves when they’re with that person. I felt so comfortable with Liam."
ROSS, 25 — SINGLE
"Don’t treat people on apps as disposable because there’s a person behind behind that face."
BRANDON, 38 & MICHELLE, 38 — MARRIED
"I’ve always been brutally honest with her. With the girl I dated before Michelle I felt like I was holding back and I knew I wasn’t 100% myself with her. After we broke up I decided I was going to go all in next time and I’ve been brutally honest with her since."
SAM, 30 — SINGLE
"When you feel that chemistry it can sometimes be like a drug and all you think about and want to experience is that feeling. So the challenge is finding how to maintain your place in life and love."