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  • Gwyneth Paltrow Slams Celebrity Couples Who Teach Important Relationship Lessons

    By Jessica DeRubbo for Cupid's Pulse

    Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow. Photo: Ben Dome/Pacific Coast News; Splash News OnlineChris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow. Photo: Ben Dome/Pacific Coast News; Splash News Online Recent Glee guest Gwyneth Paltrow is making headlines lately. Even though she's part of a high-profile celebrity relationship herself, she is speaking out against "unnecessary" celebrity couples. In fact, she went so far as to tell CNN, "It's just unnecessary to be a public couple, and to have your couple-dom or whatever be its own entity. It doesn't make sense to have that in the public world."

    Alright, Gwyneth, I see your point. There are definitely famous couples who live for the spotlight, which is pathetic. One obvious example is former Hills stars Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt.

    I don't know about you, but I'm under the impression that their every move is to garnish media coverage. And then there's LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian. Has anyone else noticed their everyday presence in tabloids lately? They cheated on their respective spouses with each other and then they spend months defending their indiscretion to the media. Is that necessary?

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  • A New Hollywood Trend: Dating with Kids

    By Kelly Seal for Cupid's Pulse

    Angelina Jolie and Maddox, Zahara, Pax and Shiloh. Photo: Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/GettyAngelina Jolie and Maddox, Zahara, Pax and Shiloh. Photo: Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/GettyConsidering dating someone with kids?

    Celebrities without children are daring to date single parents these days, at least according to the tabloids. Rocker Matt Bellamy recently started dating single mom Kate Hudson. Brad Pitt became an adoptive father to Angelina Jolie's oldest son shortly after their relationship took off. And let's not forget Jake Gyllenhaal's romance with Reese Witherspoon, single mother of two.

    I have to admit, I never thought I'd be dating a man with children, let alone marry him. I don't have any myself, and had never dated any single dads previously. It's one thing to figure out the twists and turns of being in a relationship, and quite another when you add children to the mix. And yet I decided to pursue this path, not only because I fell in love with my husband, but because I saw him as a compassionate, caring, and loving father with his kids.

    Whether this is a new trend in Hollywood or not, dating a single mom or dad comes

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  • Hunting for Love Later in Life

    By KB in NYC for Cupid's Pulse

    Sheryl Crow. Photo: Frank Mullen/WireImageSheryl Crow. Photo: Frank Mullen/WireImageWe all know that dating is a minefield, right? But here's the thing; getting older doesn't help. A lot of 40-year-old men only want to date 25-year-olds. And here's why: a woman in her 30′s or 40′s knows what she wants. She's been around the block a few times, and she's less willing to compromise. She's less easily impressed and she is, in a word, more discerning.

    Now that's not necessarily a bad thing, but it does make dating harder. Also, when man hunting at an older age, you tend to want different things. At 24, a cocktail and a great make out session will suffice; at 40, not so much.

    Hollywood is filled with fabulous women, all of whom have achieved enormous success and are finding themselves single in their mid-30′s and 40′s - think Jennifer Aniston, Charlize Theron, Sandra Bullock and Sheryl Crow.

    The thing is, these celebrities are pretty much set: they have millions of dollars in the bank, they look fantastic and if motherhood tickles their

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  • Prince William and Kate Middleton Set Good Relationship Examples

    By Roy Sheppard for Cupid's Pulse

    Kate Middleton and Prince William. Photo: Chris Jackson/GettyKate Middleton and Prince William. Photo: Chris Jackson/GettyHere in the UK, we are being drenched with Prince William and Kate Middleton stories in the media. They are everywhere!

    Unlike the loved-up celebrities who can't wait to show off the latest in a long line of soul mates, what's different about Prince William and Middleton is their quiet togetherness. They already exude a sense of being an 'us,' rather than part of a 'me + me' relationship. Their focus is on each other, and they're not trying to convince their friends or the world that they're together. They just are.

    They royal couple each have what I describe in my book, How to Be The One - a well-developed Emotional Core, the emotional equivalent of a strong physical core stability known to anyone who has ever practiced Yoga or Pilates. The emotional 'muscles' they have developed in life include: a healthy self-esteem, an appealing attitude to life, a deep sense of inner happiness and kindness towards others.

    Faced by the world's media at a press

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  • Is Brad Pitt Ruining Your Love Life?

    By Dating Goddess for Cupid's Pulse

    Brad Pitt. Photo: Jim Spellman/WireImageBrad Pitt. Photo: Jim Spellman/WireImageWe know how effective media is in shaping our perspective and even our values, including our self-image. We know that being bombarded with images of beautiful men and women molds our vision of attractiveness. As we mature, we know it's fantasy, and that even Hollywood beauties don't look that stunning without professional hair, make-up, wardrobe and lighting.

    By now, you've probably seen the Dove video called "Evolution." It shows how an attractive woman morphs into a fabulous knockout through professional hair, make-up, lighting, and yes, even Photoshop.

    How do these unrealistic images affect your dating life?

    1. They can influence your expectation of a man's looks. Very few men, especially middle-aged men, look anything close to George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp, Colin Firth or Pearce Bronson. While we realize these men personify an unattainable ideal, some small part of many women want - and perhaps expect - their guys to look as yummy.

    2.

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  • Drew Barrymore Is Not My Type

    By David Wygant for Cupid's Pulse

    Drew Barrymore. Photo: ElleDrew Barrymore. Photo: ElleI get emails all the time asking me, "You live in Hollywood. You must meet famous people, right?" Let me tell you a little bit about the way I think about famous people.

    I don't see them; I see dead people. Oops! That's the wrong movie. That's from "The Sixth Sense." I really don't see famous people. I mean, I do see them, but people have to point them out to me.

    A few months ago when I was walking down the street with my black Labrador, Daphne, this cute blond was walking towards me with three other black dogs. She said, "Look at all the black dogs!"

    I thought, 'Wow, she's observant. She is flirting with me.' So I said, "Look at those three dogs! Are they yours?" The cute blond said "No, I'm working at the rescue place today."

    The blond was wearing a sweatshirt, tennis shoes and a pair of jeans. She had no makeup on, and she had her hair pulled back. She looked really cute. The voice sounded really familiar. The face looked familiar. The only

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  • Why I’m Rooting For Jennifer Aniston in 2011

    By The Single Filez for Cupid's Pulse

    Jennifer Aniston. Photo: RetnaJennifer Aniston. Photo: Retna

    2010 is drawing to a close, and the new year will soon be upon us. While this is usually exciting for me, I must admit that I'm not looking forward to watching the clock strike midnight this year. Let me explain. You see, I turn 35 next year. If I'm being honest, I'm scared s---less. Thirty bloody five. How on earth did that happen? Luckily, I still feel and (thanks to great genes), look 25. But no matter how young I look, the fact remains the same: next year I will be 35 and still single. I'll be single with not even a whiff of any potentials and without ever having experienced a long term relationship. The older I get, the more worried I feel about my singledom.

    Just like Jennifer Aniston (and many other single women out there), I'm notoriously unlucky in love. Although Jen has the distinct advantage of having been married to Brad Pitt, whereas I have the advantage of still being in my mid-30′s (Aniston is in her 40′s). Either way, I'm

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  • Is Your Dating Profile A Movie Trailer or a Cereal Box?

    By E. Foley of Geek's Dream Girl for Cupid's Pulse


    In a world… where dating profiles read like cereal boxes… nobody gets the dates they deserve.

    I've read a metric bazillion dating profiles in my time as an online dating coach and about 90% are yawn-worthy. Do you think you're part of the other 10%? Think again.

    Most people write a dating profile that reads a bit like a cereal box. Have you seen the following claims on a dating profile (maybe yours)?

    The Cereal Box Dating Profile

    Healthy: "I like to take care of my body and you should, too."
    Balanced: "I love to get dressed for a night out or wear PJs for a movie at home."
    Wholesome: "Family is really important to me. I don't know what I'd do without the support and love of my parents and siblings."
    Mom-approved: "Best of all, your parents will love me."

    Sure, these are all things that you might value in a date, but we eat cereal every day. It's not exciting. It's not unique. It's not interesting. It's just…

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  • Most Romantic Movies of 2010

    By Erika Mionis for Cupid's Pulse

    Emma Stone in Easy A. Photo: Screen GemsEmma Stone in Easy A. Photo: Screen Gems
    2010 has been a big year for movies. Sequels like Iron Man 2 and Toy Story 3 have ruled at the box office, while animated films like Despicable Me and How to Train Your Dragon have made their marks as well. Those aside, the year was also particularly crammed with many a chick flick. From romantic comedies (When in Rome, Knight and Day) to romantic dramas (Dear John, Remember Me), nearly all of the movies have had easily identifiable themes and laughs that we learned from and enjoyed. Out of all the great romantic movies we have seen this year, the following have had lessons that effortlessly apply in the real world:

    Easy A: This romantic comedy had us rolling in the aisles. Emma Stone masterfully portrays Olive Penderghast, the teenage protagonist whose sarcasm is as razor-sharp as it is endearing. After pretending to lose her virginity to help out a friend, Olive's reputation begins a downward spiral as nasty rumors circulate around her school.

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  • Kevin Spacey Doesn’t Need an American Beauty

    By Jenna Barbieri for Cupid's Pulse


    This weekend at The Times Center in Manhattan, famous legends of film, theater, music and dance will join together to express their shared love for the arts at the 10th Anniversary of Arts & Leisure Weekend. Kicking off the spectacular event tonight will be none other than two-time Academy Award-winning actor-director-producer, Kevin Spacey.

    Though currently starring as disgraced former lobbyist Jack Abramoff in Casino Jack, Spacey has a much bigger responsibility serving as creative director of The Old Vic theater in London for the last seven years. So what makes it so easy for Spacey to drop what he's doing and hop an eight-hour flight to New York? Perhaps it's because he has no "ball and chain" to hold him back.

    That's right, the 51-year-old film legend's ring finger bares no band. In fact, it never has! Yet Spacey continues to squeeze out every ounce of creative energy he has in him year after year. Which begs me to question, can

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