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This Elderly Couple's Valentine's Day Tradition Is the Sweetest Thing

This Elderly Couple's Valentine's Day Tradition Is the Sweetest Thing


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One Albuquerque couple has a heartwarming Valentine’s Day tradition spanning nearly 40 years. Ron Kramer has been delivering a box of chocolates to his wife Donna in the same box every year since 1979. This year will be their 39th year.

The couple met when Ron was a salesman and Donna answered the door in a quilted bathrobe and with Big Bird slippers on her feet, Donna told ABC’s Albuquerque affiliate KOAT. "I was really sexy!" the 74-year-old joked. Her now-husband asked her on a date to the Ice Capades a few days later.

For their first Valentine’s Day, Ron told ABC News that he went to Buffet’s Candies to get Donna’s favorite (dark chocolate crèmes). “They said if you bring this box back next year and you want to refill it, we won’t charge you for the box, we’ll just charge you for the candy,” he relayed. As of Valentine’s Day 2018, he has brought that same box back to be refilled for 39 consecutive years.

Donna was diagnosed with dementia in 2014. “She got to the point where she couldn’t write, she couldn’t speak, she couldn’t go to the restroom,” Ron said. “She couldn’t do anything by herself. She had go into a home in August 2015, and that was probably the saddest day of my life.”

“She’s going to forget. She’s going to forget who I am… so enjoy every minute you can have with them while they still remember you.”

Heartwarmingly, on this particular Valentine’s Day, Donna remembered her husband and their time-honored tradition. You can check out the super-sweet video below, in which she happily exclaims, “That’s why I’m going to keep him. He’s a keeper!” (Meanwhile, you can’t even get a text back.)

After you’re done crying over how cute Donna and Ron are, dry your eyes and check out how you’re going to make your Valentine’s Day insanely romantic today and every year!


Valentine's Day - The date we love to hate

TARA FLYNN is an actress, comedian, and the author of You&rsquore Grand. She is married to Carl Austin, a writer on Fair City.

“I hate Valentine’s Day. It’s not the day’s fault, but when you’re single, it’s torture. If you’re alone, it’s another societally approved reason to feel inadequate. On the other hand, if you’re with someone, the pressure to do something amazing is almost unbearable.

“Twice I was dumped during the week of the 14th and I’m pretty sure that pressure had something to do with it. Way to make me feel extra-sad, Hallmark! There are no ‘Sorry you got dumped this week, of all weeks’ cards’. (Note to self: greeting-card idea pitch.)

“Now that I’m married, I get that it’s a nice idea to spend a day celebrating romance, especially when everyday chores and familiarity can wipe a bit of the shine off. But it’s weird that celebrating your unique relationship should be so uniform.

“Like a love-army, we line up: queues for the flowershop, buying cards in late January to nab the good ones, eating standing up or perched on the edge of a bar stool at 5pm, because that’s the only reservation left at that place you went for your first date.

“My favourite Valentine’s Day was two years ago, in my husband’s hometown. We went for dinner in downtown LA, then for a pint and were home by about 10. Nothing amazing happened, but nothing amazing happened to just the two of us.

“When we go to the US, there are so many people to see, who we fret we won’t see all the rest of the year long, that we get pulled from pillar to post, trying to fit everyone in. But on February 14, we had licence to just be by ourselves. It was great.

“This year, we don’t have any plans. Maybe we’ll do nothing, in solidarity with those who’re feeling the loneliness a little more acutely, because of the stupid heart balloons everywhere. Even when you’re in a relationship, those bloody balloons are stupid.”

Lisa Fitzpatrick is a TV presenter and fashion stylist. She is married to Paul Fitzpatrick. The couple have two children.

“My most favourite Valentine’s Day memory? Four years ago, our children asked could they stay at The Beacon Hotel for a night, so we decided to stay on Valentine’s night. It was great fun, because we surprised Paul. We had rose petals on the bed and we lit dozens of candles.

“We packed Paul’s work clothes, toiletries, etc, for the next day, and after we casually had dinner we got in the lift to go home and the kids giggled and pressed ‘second floor’. They said, “Dad, close your eyes. Happy Valentine’s Day!” We had a very romantic night — I slept with Sophie, and Paul slept with Dalton. Very romantic!

“Since then, our kids act as the waiter/waitress for Valentine’s Day. They set the table, I cook, they serve and they make the desserts. It’s a cosy night in for us and we all really enjoy it.”

Declan Buckley, aka Shirley TempleBar, is a television personality and well-known drag queen. His partner is Andrew Hetherington.

“I’ve been with Andrew since 2000. We live together in Rathmines.

Romance becomes something different when you’ve been together as long as Andrew and I have.

After 15 years, extravagant gestures lose their impact: there’s only so many times that you can be brought on a surprise trip to Paris or be given a new car (although I do think once might be nice).

“These days, it’s the ‘little things’ that seem the most romantic to me, like being reminded every day that I am loved. Andrew tells me that every day. Puke-inducing, I know, but in a world that can be so quick to cut you down, having someone build you up is great.

“Sometimes, just holding hands can be the most romantic thing we can do in public, but, if you’re gay, that’s something that can provoke a response that ruins the moment, so we’re not big on public displays of affection.

“I think the most romantic moments are when we are together and we’re not thinking about it — if that’s when we are with our nieces and nephews as the ‘best uncles in the universe’ or spending time at home laughing.

“We laugh a lot. Mostly at me.”

Famous gestures of love, from Kanye to Brad

Kanye West’s romantic gestures to wife, Kim Kardashian, are legendary. To propose, he rented out a ball park in San Francisco and filled it with candles, hired a 90-piece orchestra, and flashed the message “Pleeease Marry Meee. ” (Sic) across the Jumbotron he created an entire wall of flowers for Mother’s Day and bought her a $750,000 black diamond ring as a ‘push present’ when she gave birth to the couple’s daughter, North West. So, one can only imagine what extravagant gifts the rapper has planned for Valentine’s Day.

Rugby player Brian O’Driscoll has revealed himself in his autobiography, The Test, as quite the romantic. After seeing Amy Huberman on Ryan Tubridy’s Saturday night chat show, he asked his PR agent, Joanne Byrne, to orchestrate a meeting between the two of them.

“After eight weeks, I had a fair idea I wanted to marry her. People say when you know you know, and genuinely it was a case of that,” O’Driscoll says. He married Huberman in 2010, and the pair have two children, Sadie and Billy.

The way Amy revealed her pregnancy to him was also romantic. Bringing him into their back garden, where O’Driscoll had proposed,

Huberman handed him a note, which read: “First there were two and then there were three”.

A real-life love song Is there anything more romantic than having a song written for you? Bono wrote ‘The Sweetest Thing’ for wife, Ali Hewson, as an apology for having missed her birthday, because he was recording The Joshua Tree. The couple, who have been together since school, have been married for 32 years.

To celebrate Justin Theroux’s 43rd birthday — and the second anniversary of their engagement — Jennifer Aniston surprised him with a trip to Bora Bora. Staying in the Four Seasons, where rooms start at $1,500 a night, the couple are now considering the French Polynesian paradise as a wedding location.

Mila Kunis says that for Valentine’s Day she likes something “sweet and meaningful. I love flowers, and who doesn’t love chocolate? I want the biggest bear and, like, a thousand roses.

If we’re going to do it, we might as well do it full out!” This is the first Valentine’s Day since she and her fiancée, and former That 70s Show co-star, Ashton Kutcher, had their daughter, so one can only imagine that Kutcher will go ‘full out’ to show his love.

How Becks keeps Posh on side

In his autobiography, My Side, David Beckham reveals the secrets of his long marriage to Victoria Beckham.

“If you love someone, you want to treat them, surprise them, remind them how you feel, whether that means a weekend away somewhere, or a bowl of fruit in the morning laid out in the shape of a heart.”

Brad takes the good with the bad

Following their wedding in the south of France, in August, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have said things have ‘changed’.

Jolie has joked that “we have more moments where I say, ‘I’m going to be a better wife. I’m going to learn to cook,’ and [Brad] says, ‘Oh, honey, know what you’re good at, know what you’re not.’ But I do have, my like, ‘No, no, no, I’m going to get this wife thing down.’ He knows my limitations and where I’m a good wife and a good mom.”

George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin

This will be their first Valentine’s Day as a married couple after tying the knot in an extravagant fashion in Venice last September. Speaking at the Golden Globes, where the actor received the Cecil B DeMille lifetime achievement award, Clooney gave tribute to Amal, a leading human rights barrister. “It’s a humbling thing when you find someone to love - even better when you’ve been waiting your whole life.

Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter

The Sherlock star stunned his rabid fanbase of ‘Cumberbitches’ in November when he revealed his engagement to 36-year-old actress and director, Sophie Hunter. Cumberbatch flew to Scotland to ask Hunter’s parents for permission to marry their daughter, and an announcement was subsequently announced in the births, marriages and deaths section of The Times.

After the infamous ‘elevator incident’ involving Beyonce, her younger sister, Solange andJay-Z, rumours began to circulate that all was not well in the couple’s six year marriage. The pair maintained a united front during their highly lucrative On The Run tour, and a recent photo posted to Beyonce’s Instagram account seemed to suggest she might be expecting their second child.

Maia Dunphy and Johnny Vegas

Dunphy had a stellar year in 2014, with the latest season of her series, What Women Want, loved by both critics and viewers. It looks like 2015 will be equally as exciting as she and her husband (comedian Johnny Vegas) have announced the news of her pregnancy.

Charlize Theron and Sean Penn

Theron and Penn’s relationship has continued to flourish. It has been reported that Penn has allegedly signed papers to adopt Theron’s three-year-old son, Jackson.

Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel

While the former 7th Heaven star and her popstar husband have remained quiet, Timberlake’s N’ Sync bandmate, Joey Fatone, has spoken publicly about the pregnancy, saying he believes the pair will make great parents.

Cameron Diaz and Benji Madden

In her speech at the couple’s wedding in January, less than two months after they became engaged, Diaz explained why she had never been married previously. She said, ‘I waited because I didn’t want to settle. Now I got the best man ever.

Robin Thicke and Paula Patton

After 21 years together (and persistent rumours of infidelity), Thicke and Patton announced their separation in February, 2014. To win Patton back, Thicke released an album called Paula, containing tracks with titles such as ‘Too Little, Too Late’, ‘Get Her Back’, and ‘Forever Love’. The pair remain separated.

Ryan Tubridy and Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain

The host of the Late Late Show split from broadcaster and scientist, Ni Shuilleabhain, in December. The couple had begun dating in 2009 and, although they briefly split up in 2010, their subsequent joint purchase of a house seemed to cement their future.

A statement released by their management stated that “Aoibhinn and Ryan are no longer together. They will remain friends and ask for privacy at this time. There will be no further comment on this personal matter.”

Mandy Moore and Ryan Adams

The singer and actress, Mandy Moore, confirmed that she was ending her six-year marriage to the musician, Ryan Adams. Citing ‘irreconcilable differences’ when she filed papers in L.A, in January, she tweeted that she was “having the worst time.”

Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Burton

The relationship between Bonham Carter and Burton was notoriously unconventional. The pair, together for 13 years and who have two children, never married and lived in adjoining houses in London, and seemed to be blissfully happy together, until they announced their separation in December.

Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber

The couple that just can’t seem to quit one another, Gomez and Bieber have one of the most tumultuous relationships in Hollywood. They were the inspiration for Gomez’s single, ‘The Heart Wants What It Wants.’ Bieber is allegedly unhappy that Gomez has moved on and is now dating DJ Zedd.

After dating childhood sweetheart, Adam Gouraguine, for ten years, singer Sande shocked friends when she filed for divorce in November, after just a year of marriage. Speaking to The Times newspaper, Sande said “Everyone thought I’d gone mad. ‘What do you mean a divorce? We were all at your wedding a few months ago. But there was just something inside me that said, ‘This isn’t the life. You’re pretending to be someone else’.” She has admitted that she is still coming to terms with losing her “best friend”.


Valentine's Day - The date we love to hate

TARA FLYNN is an actress, comedian, and the author of You&rsquore Grand. She is married to Carl Austin, a writer on Fair City.

“I hate Valentine’s Day. It’s not the day’s fault, but when you’re single, it’s torture. If you’re alone, it’s another societally approved reason to feel inadequate. On the other hand, if you’re with someone, the pressure to do something amazing is almost unbearable.

“Twice I was dumped during the week of the 14th and I’m pretty sure that pressure had something to do with it. Way to make me feel extra-sad, Hallmark! There are no ‘Sorry you got dumped this week, of all weeks’ cards’. (Note to self: greeting-card idea pitch.)

“Now that I’m married, I get that it’s a nice idea to spend a day celebrating romance, especially when everyday chores and familiarity can wipe a bit of the shine off. But it’s weird that celebrating your unique relationship should be so uniform.

“Like a love-army, we line up: queues for the flowershop, buying cards in late January to nab the good ones, eating standing up or perched on the edge of a bar stool at 5pm, because that’s the only reservation left at that place you went for your first date.

“My favourite Valentine’s Day was two years ago, in my husband’s hometown. We went for dinner in downtown LA, then for a pint and were home by about 10. Nothing amazing happened, but nothing amazing happened to just the two of us.

“When we go to the US, there are so many people to see, who we fret we won’t see all the rest of the year long, that we get pulled from pillar to post, trying to fit everyone in. But on February 14, we had licence to just be by ourselves. It was great.

“This year, we don’t have any plans. Maybe we’ll do nothing, in solidarity with those who’re feeling the loneliness a little more acutely, because of the stupid heart balloons everywhere. Even when you’re in a relationship, those bloody balloons are stupid.”

Lisa Fitzpatrick is a TV presenter and fashion stylist. She is married to Paul Fitzpatrick. The couple have two children.

“My most favourite Valentine’s Day memory? Four years ago, our children asked could they stay at The Beacon Hotel for a night, so we decided to stay on Valentine’s night. It was great fun, because we surprised Paul. We had rose petals on the bed and we lit dozens of candles.

“We packed Paul’s work clothes, toiletries, etc, for the next day, and after we casually had dinner we got in the lift to go home and the kids giggled and pressed ‘second floor’. They said, “Dad, close your eyes. Happy Valentine’s Day!” We had a very romantic night — I slept with Sophie, and Paul slept with Dalton. Very romantic!

“Since then, our kids act as the waiter/waitress for Valentine’s Day. They set the table, I cook, they serve and they make the desserts. It’s a cosy night in for us and we all really enjoy it.”

Declan Buckley, aka Shirley TempleBar, is a television personality and well-known drag queen. His partner is Andrew Hetherington.

“I’ve been with Andrew since 2000. We live together in Rathmines.

Romance becomes something different when you’ve been together as long as Andrew and I have.

After 15 years, extravagant gestures lose their impact: there’s only so many times that you can be brought on a surprise trip to Paris or be given a new car (although I do think once might be nice).

“These days, it’s the ‘little things’ that seem the most romantic to me, like being reminded every day that I am loved. Andrew tells me that every day. Puke-inducing, I know, but in a world that can be so quick to cut you down, having someone build you up is great.

“Sometimes, just holding hands can be the most romantic thing we can do in public, but, if you’re gay, that’s something that can provoke a response that ruins the moment, so we’re not big on public displays of affection.

“I think the most romantic moments are when we are together and we’re not thinking about it — if that’s when we are with our nieces and nephews as the ‘best uncles in the universe’ or spending time at home laughing.

“We laugh a lot. Mostly at me.”

Famous gestures of love, from Kanye to Brad

Kanye West’s romantic gestures to wife, Kim Kardashian, are legendary. To propose, he rented out a ball park in San Francisco and filled it with candles, hired a 90-piece orchestra, and flashed the message “Pleeease Marry Meee. ” (Sic) across the Jumbotron he created an entire wall of flowers for Mother’s Day and bought her a $750,000 black diamond ring as a ‘push present’ when she gave birth to the couple’s daughter, North West. So, one can only imagine what extravagant gifts the rapper has planned for Valentine’s Day.

Rugby player Brian O’Driscoll has revealed himself in his autobiography, The Test, as quite the romantic. After seeing Amy Huberman on Ryan Tubridy’s Saturday night chat show, he asked his PR agent, Joanne Byrne, to orchestrate a meeting between the two of them.

“After eight weeks, I had a fair idea I wanted to marry her. People say when you know you know, and genuinely it was a case of that,” O’Driscoll says. He married Huberman in 2010, and the pair have two children, Sadie and Billy.

The way Amy revealed her pregnancy to him was also romantic. Bringing him into their back garden, where O’Driscoll had proposed,

Huberman handed him a note, which read: “First there were two and then there were three”.

A real-life love song Is there anything more romantic than having a song written for you? Bono wrote ‘The Sweetest Thing’ for wife, Ali Hewson, as an apology for having missed her birthday, because he was recording The Joshua Tree. The couple, who have been together since school, have been married for 32 years.

To celebrate Justin Theroux’s 43rd birthday — and the second anniversary of their engagement — Jennifer Aniston surprised him with a trip to Bora Bora. Staying in the Four Seasons, where rooms start at $1,500 a night, the couple are now considering the French Polynesian paradise as a wedding location.

Mila Kunis says that for Valentine’s Day she likes something “sweet and meaningful. I love flowers, and who doesn’t love chocolate? I want the biggest bear and, like, a thousand roses.

If we’re going to do it, we might as well do it full out!” This is the first Valentine’s Day since she and her fiancée, and former That 70s Show co-star, Ashton Kutcher, had their daughter, so one can only imagine that Kutcher will go ‘full out’ to show his love.

How Becks keeps Posh on side

In his autobiography, My Side, David Beckham reveals the secrets of his long marriage to Victoria Beckham.

“If you love someone, you want to treat them, surprise them, remind them how you feel, whether that means a weekend away somewhere, or a bowl of fruit in the morning laid out in the shape of a heart.”

Brad takes the good with the bad

Following their wedding in the south of France, in August, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have said things have ‘changed’.

Jolie has joked that “we have more moments where I say, ‘I’m going to be a better wife. I’m going to learn to cook,’ and [Brad] says, ‘Oh, honey, know what you’re good at, know what you’re not.’ But I do have, my like, ‘No, no, no, I’m going to get this wife thing down.’ He knows my limitations and where I’m a good wife and a good mom.”

George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin

This will be their first Valentine’s Day as a married couple after tying the knot in an extravagant fashion in Venice last September. Speaking at the Golden Globes, where the actor received the Cecil B DeMille lifetime achievement award, Clooney gave tribute to Amal, a leading human rights barrister. “It’s a humbling thing when you find someone to love - even better when you’ve been waiting your whole life.

Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter

The Sherlock star stunned his rabid fanbase of ‘Cumberbitches’ in November when he revealed his engagement to 36-year-old actress and director, Sophie Hunter. Cumberbatch flew to Scotland to ask Hunter’s parents for permission to marry their daughter, and an announcement was subsequently announced in the births, marriages and deaths section of The Times.

After the infamous ‘elevator incident’ involving Beyonce, her younger sister, Solange andJay-Z, rumours began to circulate that all was not well in the couple’s six year marriage. The pair maintained a united front during their highly lucrative On The Run tour, and a recent photo posted to Beyonce’s Instagram account seemed to suggest she might be expecting their second child.

Maia Dunphy and Johnny Vegas

Dunphy had a stellar year in 2014, with the latest season of her series, What Women Want, loved by both critics and viewers. It looks like 2015 will be equally as exciting as she and her husband (comedian Johnny Vegas) have announced the news of her pregnancy.

Charlize Theron and Sean Penn

Theron and Penn’s relationship has continued to flourish. It has been reported that Penn has allegedly signed papers to adopt Theron’s three-year-old son, Jackson.

Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel

While the former 7th Heaven star and her popstar husband have remained quiet, Timberlake’s N’ Sync bandmate, Joey Fatone, has spoken publicly about the pregnancy, saying he believes the pair will make great parents.

Cameron Diaz and Benji Madden

In her speech at the couple’s wedding in January, less than two months after they became engaged, Diaz explained why she had never been married previously. She said, ‘I waited because I didn’t want to settle. Now I got the best man ever.

Robin Thicke and Paula Patton

After 21 years together (and persistent rumours of infidelity), Thicke and Patton announced their separation in February, 2014. To win Patton back, Thicke released an album called Paula, containing tracks with titles such as ‘Too Little, Too Late’, ‘Get Her Back’, and ‘Forever Love’. The pair remain separated.

Ryan Tubridy and Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain

The host of the Late Late Show split from broadcaster and scientist, Ni Shuilleabhain, in December. The couple had begun dating in 2009 and, although they briefly split up in 2010, their subsequent joint purchase of a house seemed to cement their future.

A statement released by their management stated that “Aoibhinn and Ryan are no longer together. They will remain friends and ask for privacy at this time. There will be no further comment on this personal matter.”

Mandy Moore and Ryan Adams

The singer and actress, Mandy Moore, confirmed that she was ending her six-year marriage to the musician, Ryan Adams. Citing ‘irreconcilable differences’ when she filed papers in L.A, in January, she tweeted that she was “having the worst time.”

Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Burton

The relationship between Bonham Carter and Burton was notoriously unconventional. The pair, together for 13 years and who have two children, never married and lived in adjoining houses in London, and seemed to be blissfully happy together, until they announced their separation in December.

Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber

The couple that just can’t seem to quit one another, Gomez and Bieber have one of the most tumultuous relationships in Hollywood. They were the inspiration for Gomez’s single, ‘The Heart Wants What It Wants.’ Bieber is allegedly unhappy that Gomez has moved on and is now dating DJ Zedd.

After dating childhood sweetheart, Adam Gouraguine, for ten years, singer Sande shocked friends when she filed for divorce in November, after just a year of marriage. Speaking to The Times newspaper, Sande said “Everyone thought I’d gone mad. ‘What do you mean a divorce? We were all at your wedding a few months ago. But there was just something inside me that said, ‘This isn’t the life. You’re pretending to be someone else’.” She has admitted that she is still coming to terms with losing her “best friend”.


Valentine's Day - The date we love to hate

TARA FLYNN is an actress, comedian, and the author of You&rsquore Grand. She is married to Carl Austin, a writer on Fair City.

“I hate Valentine’s Day. It’s not the day’s fault, but when you’re single, it’s torture. If you’re alone, it’s another societally approved reason to feel inadequate. On the other hand, if you’re with someone, the pressure to do something amazing is almost unbearable.

“Twice I was dumped during the week of the 14th and I’m pretty sure that pressure had something to do with it. Way to make me feel extra-sad, Hallmark! There are no ‘Sorry you got dumped this week, of all weeks’ cards’. (Note to self: greeting-card idea pitch.)

“Now that I’m married, I get that it’s a nice idea to spend a day celebrating romance, especially when everyday chores and familiarity can wipe a bit of the shine off. But it’s weird that celebrating your unique relationship should be so uniform.

“Like a love-army, we line up: queues for the flowershop, buying cards in late January to nab the good ones, eating standing up or perched on the edge of a bar stool at 5pm, because that’s the only reservation left at that place you went for your first date.

“My favourite Valentine’s Day was two years ago, in my husband’s hometown. We went for dinner in downtown LA, then for a pint and were home by about 10. Nothing amazing happened, but nothing amazing happened to just the two of us.

“When we go to the US, there are so many people to see, who we fret we won’t see all the rest of the year long, that we get pulled from pillar to post, trying to fit everyone in. But on February 14, we had licence to just be by ourselves. It was great.

“This year, we don’t have any plans. Maybe we’ll do nothing, in solidarity with those who’re feeling the loneliness a little more acutely, because of the stupid heart balloons everywhere. Even when you’re in a relationship, those bloody balloons are stupid.”

Lisa Fitzpatrick is a TV presenter and fashion stylist. She is married to Paul Fitzpatrick. The couple have two children.

“My most favourite Valentine’s Day memory? Four years ago, our children asked could they stay at The Beacon Hotel for a night, so we decided to stay on Valentine’s night. It was great fun, because we surprised Paul. We had rose petals on the bed and we lit dozens of candles.

“We packed Paul’s work clothes, toiletries, etc, for the next day, and after we casually had dinner we got in the lift to go home and the kids giggled and pressed ‘second floor’. They said, “Dad, close your eyes. Happy Valentine’s Day!” We had a very romantic night — I slept with Sophie, and Paul slept with Dalton. Very romantic!

“Since then, our kids act as the waiter/waitress for Valentine’s Day. They set the table, I cook, they serve and they make the desserts. It’s a cosy night in for us and we all really enjoy it.”

Declan Buckley, aka Shirley TempleBar, is a television personality and well-known drag queen. His partner is Andrew Hetherington.

“I’ve been with Andrew since 2000. We live together in Rathmines.

Romance becomes something different when you’ve been together as long as Andrew and I have.

After 15 years, extravagant gestures lose their impact: there’s only so many times that you can be brought on a surprise trip to Paris or be given a new car (although I do think once might be nice).

“These days, it’s the ‘little things’ that seem the most romantic to me, like being reminded every day that I am loved. Andrew tells me that every day. Puke-inducing, I know, but in a world that can be so quick to cut you down, having someone build you up is great.

“Sometimes, just holding hands can be the most romantic thing we can do in public, but, if you’re gay, that’s something that can provoke a response that ruins the moment, so we’re not big on public displays of affection.

“I think the most romantic moments are when we are together and we’re not thinking about it — if that’s when we are with our nieces and nephews as the ‘best uncles in the universe’ or spending time at home laughing.

“We laugh a lot. Mostly at me.”

Famous gestures of love, from Kanye to Brad

Kanye West’s romantic gestures to wife, Kim Kardashian, are legendary. To propose, he rented out a ball park in San Francisco and filled it with candles, hired a 90-piece orchestra, and flashed the message “Pleeease Marry Meee. ” (Sic) across the Jumbotron he created an entire wall of flowers for Mother’s Day and bought her a $750,000 black diamond ring as a ‘push present’ when she gave birth to the couple’s daughter, North West. So, one can only imagine what extravagant gifts the rapper has planned for Valentine’s Day.

Rugby player Brian O’Driscoll has revealed himself in his autobiography, The Test, as quite the romantic. After seeing Amy Huberman on Ryan Tubridy’s Saturday night chat show, he asked his PR agent, Joanne Byrne, to orchestrate a meeting between the two of them.

“After eight weeks, I had a fair idea I wanted to marry her. People say when you know you know, and genuinely it was a case of that,” O’Driscoll says. He married Huberman in 2010, and the pair have two children, Sadie and Billy.

The way Amy revealed her pregnancy to him was also romantic. Bringing him into their back garden, where O’Driscoll had proposed,

Huberman handed him a note, which read: “First there were two and then there were three”.

A real-life love song Is there anything more romantic than having a song written for you? Bono wrote ‘The Sweetest Thing’ for wife, Ali Hewson, as an apology for having missed her birthday, because he was recording The Joshua Tree. The couple, who have been together since school, have been married for 32 years.

To celebrate Justin Theroux’s 43rd birthday — and the second anniversary of their engagement — Jennifer Aniston surprised him with a trip to Bora Bora. Staying in the Four Seasons, where rooms start at $1,500 a night, the couple are now considering the French Polynesian paradise as a wedding location.

Mila Kunis says that for Valentine’s Day she likes something “sweet and meaningful. I love flowers, and who doesn’t love chocolate? I want the biggest bear and, like, a thousand roses.

If we’re going to do it, we might as well do it full out!” This is the first Valentine’s Day since she and her fiancée, and former That 70s Show co-star, Ashton Kutcher, had their daughter, so one can only imagine that Kutcher will go ‘full out’ to show his love.

How Becks keeps Posh on side

In his autobiography, My Side, David Beckham reveals the secrets of his long marriage to Victoria Beckham.

“If you love someone, you want to treat them, surprise them, remind them how you feel, whether that means a weekend away somewhere, or a bowl of fruit in the morning laid out in the shape of a heart.”

Brad takes the good with the bad

Following their wedding in the south of France, in August, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have said things have ‘changed’.

Jolie has joked that “we have more moments where I say, ‘I’m going to be a better wife. I’m going to learn to cook,’ and [Brad] says, ‘Oh, honey, know what you’re good at, know what you’re not.’ But I do have, my like, ‘No, no, no, I’m going to get this wife thing down.’ He knows my limitations and where I’m a good wife and a good mom.”

George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin

This will be their first Valentine’s Day as a married couple after tying the knot in an extravagant fashion in Venice last September. Speaking at the Golden Globes, where the actor received the Cecil B DeMille lifetime achievement award, Clooney gave tribute to Amal, a leading human rights barrister. “It’s a humbling thing when you find someone to love - even better when you’ve been waiting your whole life.

Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter

The Sherlock star stunned his rabid fanbase of ‘Cumberbitches’ in November when he revealed his engagement to 36-year-old actress and director, Sophie Hunter. Cumberbatch flew to Scotland to ask Hunter’s parents for permission to marry their daughter, and an announcement was subsequently announced in the births, marriages and deaths section of The Times.

After the infamous ‘elevator incident’ involving Beyonce, her younger sister, Solange andJay-Z, rumours began to circulate that all was not well in the couple’s six year marriage. The pair maintained a united front during their highly lucrative On The Run tour, and a recent photo posted to Beyonce’s Instagram account seemed to suggest she might be expecting their second child.

Maia Dunphy and Johnny Vegas

Dunphy had a stellar year in 2014, with the latest season of her series, What Women Want, loved by both critics and viewers. It looks like 2015 will be equally as exciting as she and her husband (comedian Johnny Vegas) have announced the news of her pregnancy.

Charlize Theron and Sean Penn

Theron and Penn’s relationship has continued to flourish. It has been reported that Penn has allegedly signed papers to adopt Theron’s three-year-old son, Jackson.

Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel

While the former 7th Heaven star and her popstar husband have remained quiet, Timberlake’s N’ Sync bandmate, Joey Fatone, has spoken publicly about the pregnancy, saying he believes the pair will make great parents.

Cameron Diaz and Benji Madden

In her speech at the couple’s wedding in January, less than two months after they became engaged, Diaz explained why she had never been married previously. She said, ‘I waited because I didn’t want to settle. Now I got the best man ever.

Robin Thicke and Paula Patton

After 21 years together (and persistent rumours of infidelity), Thicke and Patton announced their separation in February, 2014. To win Patton back, Thicke released an album called Paula, containing tracks with titles such as ‘Too Little, Too Late’, ‘Get Her Back’, and ‘Forever Love’. The pair remain separated.

Ryan Tubridy and Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain

The host of the Late Late Show split from broadcaster and scientist, Ni Shuilleabhain, in December. The couple had begun dating in 2009 and, although they briefly split up in 2010, their subsequent joint purchase of a house seemed to cement their future.

A statement released by their management stated that “Aoibhinn and Ryan are no longer together. They will remain friends and ask for privacy at this time. There will be no further comment on this personal matter.”

Mandy Moore and Ryan Adams

The singer and actress, Mandy Moore, confirmed that she was ending her six-year marriage to the musician, Ryan Adams. Citing ‘irreconcilable differences’ when she filed papers in L.A, in January, she tweeted that she was “having the worst time.”

Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Burton

The relationship between Bonham Carter and Burton was notoriously unconventional. The pair, together for 13 years and who have two children, never married and lived in adjoining houses in London, and seemed to be blissfully happy together, until they announced their separation in December.

Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber

The couple that just can’t seem to quit one another, Gomez and Bieber have one of the most tumultuous relationships in Hollywood. They were the inspiration for Gomez’s single, ‘The Heart Wants What It Wants.’ Bieber is allegedly unhappy that Gomez has moved on and is now dating DJ Zedd.

After dating childhood sweetheart, Adam Gouraguine, for ten years, singer Sande shocked friends when she filed for divorce in November, after just a year of marriage. Speaking to The Times newspaper, Sande said “Everyone thought I’d gone mad. ‘What do you mean a divorce? We were all at your wedding a few months ago. But there was just something inside me that said, ‘This isn’t the life. You’re pretending to be someone else’.” She has admitted that she is still coming to terms with losing her “best friend”.


Valentine's Day - The date we love to hate

TARA FLYNN is an actress, comedian, and the author of You&rsquore Grand. She is married to Carl Austin, a writer on Fair City.

“I hate Valentine’s Day. It’s not the day’s fault, but when you’re single, it’s torture. If you’re alone, it’s another societally approved reason to feel inadequate. On the other hand, if you’re with someone, the pressure to do something amazing is almost unbearable.

“Twice I was dumped during the week of the 14th and I’m pretty sure that pressure had something to do with it. Way to make me feel extra-sad, Hallmark! There are no ‘Sorry you got dumped this week, of all weeks’ cards’. (Note to self: greeting-card idea pitch.)

“Now that I’m married, I get that it’s a nice idea to spend a day celebrating romance, especially when everyday chores and familiarity can wipe a bit of the shine off. But it’s weird that celebrating your unique relationship should be so uniform.

“Like a love-army, we line up: queues for the flowershop, buying cards in late January to nab the good ones, eating standing up or perched on the edge of a bar stool at 5pm, because that’s the only reservation left at that place you went for your first date.

“My favourite Valentine’s Day was two years ago, in my husband’s hometown. We went for dinner in downtown LA, then for a pint and were home by about 10. Nothing amazing happened, but nothing amazing happened to just the two of us.

“When we go to the US, there are so many people to see, who we fret we won’t see all the rest of the year long, that we get pulled from pillar to post, trying to fit everyone in. But on February 14, we had licence to just be by ourselves. It was great.

“This year, we don’t have any plans. Maybe we’ll do nothing, in solidarity with those who’re feeling the loneliness a little more acutely, because of the stupid heart balloons everywhere. Even when you’re in a relationship, those bloody balloons are stupid.”

Lisa Fitzpatrick is a TV presenter and fashion stylist. She is married to Paul Fitzpatrick. The couple have two children.

“My most favourite Valentine’s Day memory? Four years ago, our children asked could they stay at The Beacon Hotel for a night, so we decided to stay on Valentine’s night. It was great fun, because we surprised Paul. We had rose petals on the bed and we lit dozens of candles.

“We packed Paul’s work clothes, toiletries, etc, for the next day, and after we casually had dinner we got in the lift to go home and the kids giggled and pressed ‘second floor’. They said, “Dad, close your eyes. Happy Valentine’s Day!” We had a very romantic night — I slept with Sophie, and Paul slept with Dalton. Very romantic!

“Since then, our kids act as the waiter/waitress for Valentine’s Day. They set the table, I cook, they serve and they make the desserts. It’s a cosy night in for us and we all really enjoy it.”

Declan Buckley, aka Shirley TempleBar, is a television personality and well-known drag queen. His partner is Andrew Hetherington.

“I’ve been with Andrew since 2000. We live together in Rathmines.

Romance becomes something different when you’ve been together as long as Andrew and I have.

After 15 years, extravagant gestures lose their impact: there’s only so many times that you can be brought on a surprise trip to Paris or be given a new car (although I do think once might be nice).

“These days, it’s the ‘little things’ that seem the most romantic to me, like being reminded every day that I am loved. Andrew tells me that every day. Puke-inducing, I know, but in a world that can be so quick to cut you down, having someone build you up is great.

“Sometimes, just holding hands can be the most romantic thing we can do in public, but, if you’re gay, that’s something that can provoke a response that ruins the moment, so we’re not big on public displays of affection.

“I think the most romantic moments are when we are together and we’re not thinking about it — if that’s when we are with our nieces and nephews as the ‘best uncles in the universe’ or spending time at home laughing.

“We laugh a lot. Mostly at me.”

Famous gestures of love, from Kanye to Brad

Kanye West’s romantic gestures to wife, Kim Kardashian, are legendary. To propose, he rented out a ball park in San Francisco and filled it with candles, hired a 90-piece orchestra, and flashed the message “Pleeease Marry Meee. ” (Sic) across the Jumbotron he created an entire wall of flowers for Mother’s Day and bought her a $750,000 black diamond ring as a ‘push present’ when she gave birth to the couple’s daughter, North West. So, one can only imagine what extravagant gifts the rapper has planned for Valentine’s Day.

Rugby player Brian O’Driscoll has revealed himself in his autobiography, The Test, as quite the romantic. After seeing Amy Huberman on Ryan Tubridy’s Saturday night chat show, he asked his PR agent, Joanne Byrne, to orchestrate a meeting between the two of them.

“After eight weeks, I had a fair idea I wanted to marry her. People say when you know you know, and genuinely it was a case of that,” O’Driscoll says. He married Huberman in 2010, and the pair have two children, Sadie and Billy.

The way Amy revealed her pregnancy to him was also romantic. Bringing him into their back garden, where O’Driscoll had proposed,

Huberman handed him a note, which read: “First there were two and then there were three”.

A real-life love song Is there anything more romantic than having a song written for you? Bono wrote ‘The Sweetest Thing’ for wife, Ali Hewson, as an apology for having missed her birthday, because he was recording The Joshua Tree. The couple, who have been together since school, have been married for 32 years.

To celebrate Justin Theroux’s 43rd birthday — and the second anniversary of their engagement — Jennifer Aniston surprised him with a trip to Bora Bora. Staying in the Four Seasons, where rooms start at $1,500 a night, the couple are now considering the French Polynesian paradise as a wedding location.

Mila Kunis says that for Valentine’s Day she likes something “sweet and meaningful. I love flowers, and who doesn’t love chocolate? I want the biggest bear and, like, a thousand roses.

If we’re going to do it, we might as well do it full out!” This is the first Valentine’s Day since she and her fiancée, and former That 70s Show co-star, Ashton Kutcher, had their daughter, so one can only imagine that Kutcher will go ‘full out’ to show his love.

How Becks keeps Posh on side

In his autobiography, My Side, David Beckham reveals the secrets of his long marriage to Victoria Beckham.

“If you love someone, you want to treat them, surprise them, remind them how you feel, whether that means a weekend away somewhere, or a bowl of fruit in the morning laid out in the shape of a heart.”

Brad takes the good with the bad

Following their wedding in the south of France, in August, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have said things have ‘changed’.

Jolie has joked that “we have more moments where I say, ‘I’m going to be a better wife. I’m going to learn to cook,’ and [Brad] says, ‘Oh, honey, know what you’re good at, know what you’re not.’ But I do have, my like, ‘No, no, no, I’m going to get this wife thing down.’ He knows my limitations and where I’m a good wife and a good mom.”

George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin

This will be their first Valentine’s Day as a married couple after tying the knot in an extravagant fashion in Venice last September. Speaking at the Golden Globes, where the actor received the Cecil B DeMille lifetime achievement award, Clooney gave tribute to Amal, a leading human rights barrister. “It’s a humbling thing when you find someone to love - even better when you’ve been waiting your whole life.

Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter

The Sherlock star stunned his rabid fanbase of ‘Cumberbitches’ in November when he revealed his engagement to 36-year-old actress and director, Sophie Hunter. Cumberbatch flew to Scotland to ask Hunter’s parents for permission to marry their daughter, and an announcement was subsequently announced in the births, marriages and deaths section of The Times.

After the infamous ‘elevator incident’ involving Beyonce, her younger sister, Solange andJay-Z, rumours began to circulate that all was not well in the couple’s six year marriage. The pair maintained a united front during their highly lucrative On The Run tour, and a recent photo posted to Beyonce’s Instagram account seemed to suggest she might be expecting their second child.

Maia Dunphy and Johnny Vegas

Dunphy had a stellar year in 2014, with the latest season of her series, What Women Want, loved by both critics and viewers. It looks like 2015 will be equally as exciting as she and her husband (comedian Johnny Vegas) have announced the news of her pregnancy.

Charlize Theron and Sean Penn

Theron and Penn’s relationship has continued to flourish. It has been reported that Penn has allegedly signed papers to adopt Theron’s three-year-old son, Jackson.

Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel

While the former 7th Heaven star and her popstar husband have remained quiet, Timberlake’s N’ Sync bandmate, Joey Fatone, has spoken publicly about the pregnancy, saying he believes the pair will make great parents.

Cameron Diaz and Benji Madden

In her speech at the couple’s wedding in January, less than two months after they became engaged, Diaz explained why she had never been married previously. She said, ‘I waited because I didn’t want to settle. Now I got the best man ever.

Robin Thicke and Paula Patton

After 21 years together (and persistent rumours of infidelity), Thicke and Patton announced their separation in February, 2014. To win Patton back, Thicke released an album called Paula, containing tracks with titles such as ‘Too Little, Too Late’, ‘Get Her Back’, and ‘Forever Love’. The pair remain separated.

Ryan Tubridy and Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain

The host of the Late Late Show split from broadcaster and scientist, Ni Shuilleabhain, in December. The couple had begun dating in 2009 and, although they briefly split up in 2010, their subsequent joint purchase of a house seemed to cement their future.

A statement released by their management stated that “Aoibhinn and Ryan are no longer together. They will remain friends and ask for privacy at this time. There will be no further comment on this personal matter.”

Mandy Moore and Ryan Adams

The singer and actress, Mandy Moore, confirmed that she was ending her six-year marriage to the musician, Ryan Adams. Citing ‘irreconcilable differences’ when she filed papers in L.A, in January, she tweeted that she was “having the worst time.”

Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Burton

The relationship between Bonham Carter and Burton was notoriously unconventional. The pair, together for 13 years and who have two children, never married and lived in adjoining houses in London, and seemed to be blissfully happy together, until they announced their separation in December.

Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber

The couple that just can’t seem to quit one another, Gomez and Bieber have one of the most tumultuous relationships in Hollywood. They were the inspiration for Gomez’s single, ‘The Heart Wants What It Wants.’ Bieber is allegedly unhappy that Gomez has moved on and is now dating DJ Zedd.

After dating childhood sweetheart, Adam Gouraguine, for ten years, singer Sande shocked friends when she filed for divorce in November, after just a year of marriage. Speaking to The Times newspaper, Sande said “Everyone thought I’d gone mad. ‘What do you mean a divorce? We were all at your wedding a few months ago. But there was just something inside me that said, ‘This isn’t the life. You’re pretending to be someone else’.” She has admitted that she is still coming to terms with losing her “best friend”.


Valentine's Day - The date we love to hate

TARA FLYNN is an actress, comedian, and the author of You&rsquore Grand. She is married to Carl Austin, a writer on Fair City.

“I hate Valentine’s Day. It’s not the day’s fault, but when you’re single, it’s torture. If you’re alone, it’s another societally approved reason to feel inadequate. On the other hand, if you’re with someone, the pressure to do something amazing is almost unbearable.

“Twice I was dumped during the week of the 14th and I’m pretty sure that pressure had something to do with it. Way to make me feel extra-sad, Hallmark! There are no ‘Sorry you got dumped this week, of all weeks’ cards’. (Note to self: greeting-card idea pitch.)

“Now that I’m married, I get that it’s a nice idea to spend a day celebrating romance, especially when everyday chores and familiarity can wipe a bit of the shine off. But it’s weird that celebrating your unique relationship should be so uniform.

“Like a love-army, we line up: queues for the flowershop, buying cards in late January to nab the good ones, eating standing up or perched on the edge of a bar stool at 5pm, because that’s the only reservation left at that place you went for your first date.

“My favourite Valentine’s Day was two years ago, in my husband’s hometown. We went for dinner in downtown LA, then for a pint and were home by about 10. Nothing amazing happened, but nothing amazing happened to just the two of us.

“When we go to the US, there are so many people to see, who we fret we won’t see all the rest of the year long, that we get pulled from pillar to post, trying to fit everyone in. But on February 14, we had licence to just be by ourselves. It was great.

“This year, we don’t have any plans. Maybe we’ll do nothing, in solidarity with those who’re feeling the loneliness a little more acutely, because of the stupid heart balloons everywhere. Even when you’re in a relationship, those bloody balloons are stupid.”

Lisa Fitzpatrick is a TV presenter and fashion stylist. She is married to Paul Fitzpatrick. The couple have two children.

“My most favourite Valentine’s Day memory? Four years ago, our children asked could they stay at The Beacon Hotel for a night, so we decided to stay on Valentine’s night. It was great fun, because we surprised Paul. We had rose petals on the bed and we lit dozens of candles.

“We packed Paul’s work clothes, toiletries, etc, for the next day, and after we casually had dinner we got in the lift to go home and the kids giggled and pressed ‘second floor’. They said, “Dad, close your eyes. Happy Valentine’s Day!” We had a very romantic night — I slept with Sophie, and Paul slept with Dalton. Very romantic!

“Since then, our kids act as the waiter/waitress for Valentine’s Day. They set the table, I cook, they serve and they make the desserts. It’s a cosy night in for us and we all really enjoy it.”

Declan Buckley, aka Shirley TempleBar, is a television personality and well-known drag queen. His partner is Andrew Hetherington.

“I’ve been with Andrew since 2000. We live together in Rathmines.

Romance becomes something different when you’ve been together as long as Andrew and I have.

After 15 years, extravagant gestures lose their impact: there’s only so many times that you can be brought on a surprise trip to Paris or be given a new car (although I do think once might be nice).

“These days, it’s the ‘little things’ that seem the most romantic to me, like being reminded every day that I am loved. Andrew tells me that every day. Puke-inducing, I know, but in a world that can be so quick to cut you down, having someone build you up is great.

“Sometimes, just holding hands can be the most romantic thing we can do in public, but, if you’re gay, that’s something that can provoke a response that ruins the moment, so we’re not big on public displays of affection.

“I think the most romantic moments are when we are together and we’re not thinking about it — if that’s when we are with our nieces and nephews as the ‘best uncles in the universe’ or spending time at home laughing.

“We laugh a lot. Mostly at me.”

Famous gestures of love, from Kanye to Brad

Kanye West’s romantic gestures to wife, Kim Kardashian, are legendary. To propose, he rented out a ball park in San Francisco and filled it with candles, hired a 90-piece orchestra, and flashed the message “Pleeease Marry Meee. ” (Sic) across the Jumbotron he created an entire wall of flowers for Mother’s Day and bought her a $750,000 black diamond ring as a ‘push present’ when she gave birth to the couple’s daughter, North West. So, one can only imagine what extravagant gifts the rapper has planned for Valentine’s Day.

Rugby player Brian O’Driscoll has revealed himself in his autobiography, The Test, as quite the romantic. After seeing Amy Huberman on Ryan Tubridy’s Saturday night chat show, he asked his PR agent, Joanne Byrne, to orchestrate a meeting between the two of them.

“After eight weeks, I had a fair idea I wanted to marry her. People say when you know you know, and genuinely it was a case of that,” O’Driscoll says. He married Huberman in 2010, and the pair have two children, Sadie and Billy.

The way Amy revealed her pregnancy to him was also romantic. Bringing him into their back garden, where O’Driscoll had proposed,

Huberman handed him a note, which read: “First there were two and then there were three”.

A real-life love song Is there anything more romantic than having a song written for you? Bono wrote ‘The Sweetest Thing’ for wife, Ali Hewson, as an apology for having missed her birthday, because he was recording The Joshua Tree. The couple, who have been together since school, have been married for 32 years.

To celebrate Justin Theroux’s 43rd birthday — and the second anniversary of their engagement — Jennifer Aniston surprised him with a trip to Bora Bora. Staying in the Four Seasons, where rooms start at $1,500 a night, the couple are now considering the French Polynesian paradise as a wedding location.

Mila Kunis says that for Valentine’s Day she likes something “sweet and meaningful. I love flowers, and who doesn’t love chocolate? I want the biggest bear and, like, a thousand roses.

If we’re going to do it, we might as well do it full out!” This is the first Valentine’s Day since she and her fiancée, and former That 70s Show co-star, Ashton Kutcher, had their daughter, so one can only imagine that Kutcher will go ‘full out’ to show his love.

How Becks keeps Posh on side

In his autobiography, My Side, David Beckham reveals the secrets of his long marriage to Victoria Beckham.

“If you love someone, you want to treat them, surprise them, remind them how you feel, whether that means a weekend away somewhere, or a bowl of fruit in the morning laid out in the shape of a heart.”

Brad takes the good with the bad

Following their wedding in the south of France, in August, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have said things have ‘changed’.

Jolie has joked that “we have more moments where I say, ‘I’m going to be a better wife. I’m going to learn to cook,’ and [Brad] says, ‘Oh, honey, know what you’re good at, know what you’re not.’ But I do have, my like, ‘No, no, no, I’m going to get this wife thing down.’ He knows my limitations and where I’m a good wife and a good mom.”

George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin

This will be their first Valentine’s Day as a married couple after tying the knot in an extravagant fashion in Venice last September. Speaking at the Golden Globes, where the actor received the Cecil B DeMille lifetime achievement award, Clooney gave tribute to Amal, a leading human rights barrister. “It’s a humbling thing when you find someone to love - even better when you’ve been waiting your whole life.

Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter

The Sherlock star stunned his rabid fanbase of ‘Cumberbitches’ in November when he revealed his engagement to 36-year-old actress and director, Sophie Hunter. Cumberbatch flew to Scotland to ask Hunter’s parents for permission to marry their daughter, and an announcement was subsequently announced in the births, marriages and deaths section of The Times.

After the infamous ‘elevator incident’ involving Beyonce, her younger sister, Solange andJay-Z, rumours began to circulate that all was not well in the couple’s six year marriage. The pair maintained a united front during their highly lucrative On The Run tour, and a recent photo posted to Beyonce’s Instagram account seemed to suggest she might be expecting their second child.

Maia Dunphy and Johnny Vegas

Dunphy had a stellar year in 2014, with the latest season of her series, What Women Want, loved by both critics and viewers. It looks like 2015 will be equally as exciting as she and her husband (comedian Johnny Vegas) have announced the news of her pregnancy.

Charlize Theron and Sean Penn

Theron and Penn’s relationship has continued to flourish. It has been reported that Penn has allegedly signed papers to adopt Theron’s three-year-old son, Jackson.

Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel

While the former 7th Heaven star and her popstar husband have remained quiet, Timberlake’s N’ Sync bandmate, Joey Fatone, has spoken publicly about the pregnancy, saying he believes the pair will make great parents.

Cameron Diaz and Benji Madden

In her speech at the couple’s wedding in January, less than two months after they became engaged, Diaz explained why she had never been married previously. She said, ‘I waited because I didn’t want to settle. Now I got the best man ever.

Robin Thicke and Paula Patton

After 21 years together (and persistent rumours of infidelity), Thicke and Patton announced their separation in February, 2014. To win Patton back, Thicke released an album called Paula, containing tracks with titles such as ‘Too Little, Too Late’, ‘Get Her Back’, and ‘Forever Love’. The pair remain separated.

Ryan Tubridy and Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain

The host of the Late Late Show split from broadcaster and scientist, Ni Shuilleabhain, in December. The couple had begun dating in 2009 and, although they briefly split up in 2010, their subsequent joint purchase of a house seemed to cement their future.

A statement released by their management stated that “Aoibhinn and Ryan are no longer together. They will remain friends and ask for privacy at this time. There will be no further comment on this personal matter.”

Mandy Moore and Ryan Adams

The singer and actress, Mandy Moore, confirmed that she was ending her six-year marriage to the musician, Ryan Adams. Citing ‘irreconcilable differences’ when she filed papers in L.A, in January, she tweeted that she was “having the worst time.”

Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Burton

The relationship between Bonham Carter and Burton was notoriously unconventional. The pair, together for 13 years and who have two children, never married and lived in adjoining houses in London, and seemed to be blissfully happy together, until they announced their separation in December.

Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber

The couple that just can’t seem to quit one another, Gomez and Bieber have one of the most tumultuous relationships in Hollywood. They were the inspiration for Gomez’s single, ‘The Heart Wants What It Wants.’ Bieber is allegedly unhappy that Gomez has moved on and is now dating DJ Zedd.

After dating childhood sweetheart, Adam Gouraguine, for ten years, singer Sande shocked friends when she filed for divorce in November, after just a year of marriage. Speaking to The Times newspaper, Sande said “Everyone thought I’d gone mad. ‘What do you mean a divorce? We were all at your wedding a few months ago. But there was just something inside me that said, ‘This isn’t the life. You’re pretending to be someone else’.” She has admitted that she is still coming to terms with losing her “best friend”.


Valentine's Day - The date we love to hate

TARA FLYNN is an actress, comedian, and the author of You&rsquore Grand. She is married to Carl Austin, a writer on Fair City.

“I hate Valentine’s Day. It’s not the day’s fault, but when you’re single, it’s torture. If you’re alone, it’s another societally approved reason to feel inadequate. On the other hand, if you’re with someone, the pressure to do something amazing is almost unbearable.

“Twice I was dumped during the week of the 14th and I’m pretty sure that pressure had something to do with it. Way to make me feel extra-sad, Hallmark! There are no ‘Sorry you got dumped this week, of all weeks’ cards’. (Note to self: greeting-card idea pitch.)

“Now that I’m married, I get that it’s a nice idea to spend a day celebrating romance, especially when everyday chores and familiarity can wipe a bit of the shine off. But it’s weird that celebrating your unique relationship should be so uniform.

“Like a love-army, we line up: queues for the flowershop, buying cards in late January to nab the good ones, eating standing up or perched on the edge of a bar stool at 5pm, because that’s the only reservation left at that place you went for your first date.

“My favourite Valentine’s Day was two years ago, in my husband’s hometown. We went for dinner in downtown LA, then for a pint and were home by about 10. Nothing amazing happened, but nothing amazing happened to just the two of us.

“When we go to the US, there are so many people to see, who we fret we won’t see all the rest of the year long, that we get pulled from pillar to post, trying to fit everyone in. But on February 14, we had licence to just be by ourselves. It was great.

“This year, we don’t have any plans. Maybe we’ll do nothing, in solidarity with those who’re feeling the loneliness a little more acutely, because of the stupid heart balloons everywhere. Even when you’re in a relationship, those bloody balloons are stupid.”

Lisa Fitzpatrick is a TV presenter and fashion stylist. She is married to Paul Fitzpatrick. The couple have two children.

“My most favourite Valentine’s Day memory? Four years ago, our children asked could they stay at The Beacon Hotel for a night, so we decided to stay on Valentine’s night. It was great fun, because we surprised Paul. We had rose petals on the bed and we lit dozens of candles.

“We packed Paul’s work clothes, toiletries, etc, for the next day, and after we casually had dinner we got in the lift to go home and the kids giggled and pressed ‘second floor’. They said, “Dad, close your eyes. Happy Valentine’s Day!” We had a very romantic night — I slept with Sophie, and Paul slept with Dalton. Very romantic!

“Since then, our kids act as the waiter/waitress for Valentine’s Day. They set the table, I cook, they serve and they make the desserts. It’s a cosy night in for us and we all really enjoy it.”

Declan Buckley, aka Shirley TempleBar, is a television personality and well-known drag queen. His partner is Andrew Hetherington.

“I’ve been with Andrew since 2000. We live together in Rathmines.

Romance becomes something different when you’ve been together as long as Andrew and I have.

After 15 years, extravagant gestures lose their impact: there’s only so many times that you can be brought on a surprise trip to Paris or be given a new car (although I do think once might be nice).

“These days, it’s the ‘little things’ that seem the most romantic to me, like being reminded every day that I am loved. Andrew tells me that every day. Puke-inducing, I know, but in a world that can be so quick to cut you down, having someone build you up is great.

“Sometimes, just holding hands can be the most romantic thing we can do in public, but, if you’re gay, that’s something that can provoke a response that ruins the moment, so we’re not big on public displays of affection.

“I think the most romantic moments are when we are together and we’re not thinking about it — if that’s when we are with our nieces and nephews as the ‘best uncles in the universe’ or spending time at home laughing.

“We laugh a lot. Mostly at me.”

Famous gestures of love, from Kanye to Brad

Kanye West’s romantic gestures to wife, Kim Kardashian, are legendary. To propose, he rented out a ball park in San Francisco and filled it with candles, hired a 90-piece orchestra, and flashed the message “Pleeease Marry Meee. ” (Sic) across the Jumbotron he created an entire wall of flowers for Mother’s Day and bought her a $750,000 black diamond ring as a ‘push present’ when she gave birth to the couple’s daughter, North West. So, one can only imagine what extravagant gifts the rapper has planned for Valentine’s Day.

Rugby player Brian O’Driscoll has revealed himself in his autobiography, The Test, as quite the romantic. After seeing Amy Huberman on Ryan Tubridy’s Saturday night chat show, he asked his PR agent, Joanne Byrne, to orchestrate a meeting between the two of them.

“After eight weeks, I had a fair idea I wanted to marry her. People say when you know you know, and genuinely it was a case of that,” O’Driscoll says. He married Huberman in 2010, and the pair have two children, Sadie and Billy.

The way Amy revealed her pregnancy to him was also romantic. Bringing him into their back garden, where O’Driscoll had proposed,

Huberman handed him a note, which read: “First there were two and then there were three”.

A real-life love song Is there anything more romantic than having a song written for you? Bono wrote ‘The Sweetest Thing’ for wife, Ali Hewson, as an apology for having missed her birthday, because he was recording The Joshua Tree. The couple, who have been together since school, have been married for 32 years.

To celebrate Justin Theroux’s 43rd birthday — and the second anniversary of their engagement — Jennifer Aniston surprised him with a trip to Bora Bora. Staying in the Four Seasons, where rooms start at $1,500 a night, the couple are now considering the French Polynesian paradise as a wedding location.

Mila Kunis says that for Valentine’s Day she likes something “sweet and meaningful. I love flowers, and who doesn’t love chocolate? I want the biggest bear and, like, a thousand roses.

If we’re going to do it, we might as well do it full out!” This is the first Valentine’s Day since she and her fiancée, and former That 70s Show co-star, Ashton Kutcher, had their daughter, so one can only imagine that Kutcher will go ‘full out’ to show his love.

How Becks keeps Posh on side

In his autobiography, My Side, David Beckham reveals the secrets of his long marriage to Victoria Beckham.

“If you love someone, you want to treat them, surprise them, remind them how you feel, whether that means a weekend away somewhere, or a bowl of fruit in the morning laid out in the shape of a heart.”

Brad takes the good with the bad

Following their wedding in the south of France, in August, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have said things have ‘changed’.

Jolie has joked that “we have more moments where I say, ‘I’m going to be a better wife. I’m going to learn to cook,’ and [Brad] says, ‘Oh, honey, know what you’re good at, know what you’re not.’ But I do have, my like, ‘No, no, no, I’m going to get this wife thing down.’ He knows my limitations and where I’m a good wife and a good mom.”

George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin

This will be their first Valentine’s Day as a married couple after tying the knot in an extravagant fashion in Venice last September. Speaking at the Golden Globes, where the actor received the Cecil B DeMille lifetime achievement award, Clooney gave tribute to Amal, a leading human rights barrister. “It’s a humbling thing when you find someone to love - even better when you’ve been waiting your whole life.

Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter

The Sherlock star stunned his rabid fanbase of ‘Cumberbitches’ in November when he revealed his engagement to 36-year-old actress and director, Sophie Hunter. Cumberbatch flew to Scotland to ask Hunter’s parents for permission to marry their daughter, and an announcement was subsequently announced in the births, marriages and deaths section of The Times.

After the infamous ‘elevator incident’ involving Beyonce, her younger sister, Solange andJay-Z, rumours began to circulate that all was not well in the couple’s six year marriage. The pair maintained a united front during their highly lucrative On The Run tour, and a recent photo posted to Beyonce’s Instagram account seemed to suggest she might be expecting their second child.

Maia Dunphy and Johnny Vegas

Dunphy had a stellar year in 2014, with the latest season of her series, What Women Want, loved by both critics and viewers. It looks like 2015 will be equally as exciting as she and her husband (comedian Johnny Vegas) have announced the news of her pregnancy.

Charlize Theron and Sean Penn

Theron and Penn’s relationship has continued to flourish. It has been reported that Penn has allegedly signed papers to adopt Theron’s three-year-old son, Jackson.

Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel

While the former 7th Heaven star and her popstar husband have remained quiet, Timberlake’s N’ Sync bandmate, Joey Fatone, has spoken publicly about the pregnancy, saying he believes the pair will make great parents.

Cameron Diaz and Benji Madden

In her speech at the couple’s wedding in January, less than two months after they became engaged, Diaz explained why she had never been married previously. She said, ‘I waited because I didn’t want to settle. Now I got the best man ever.

Robin Thicke and Paula Patton

After 21 years together (and persistent rumours of infidelity), Thicke and Patton announced their separation in February, 2014. To win Patton back, Thicke released an album called Paula, containing tracks with titles such as ‘Too Little, Too Late’, ‘Get Her Back’, and ‘Forever Love’. The pair remain separated.

Ryan Tubridy and Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain

The host of the Late Late Show split from broadcaster and scientist, Ni Shuilleabhain, in December. The couple had begun dating in 2009 and, although they briefly split up in 2010, their subsequent joint purchase of a house seemed to cement their future.

A statement released by their management stated that “Aoibhinn and Ryan are no longer together. They will remain friends and ask for privacy at this time. There will be no further comment on this personal matter.”

Mandy Moore and Ryan Adams

The singer and actress, Mandy Moore, confirmed that she was ending her six-year marriage to the musician, Ryan Adams. Citing ‘irreconcilable differences’ when she filed papers in L.A, in January, she tweeted that she was “having the worst time.”

Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Burton

The relationship between Bonham Carter and Burton was notoriously unconventional. The pair, together for 13 years and who have two children, never married and lived in adjoining houses in London, and seemed to be blissfully happy together, until they announced their separation in December.

Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber

The couple that just can’t seem to quit one another, Gomez and Bieber have one of the most tumultuous relationships in Hollywood. They were the inspiration for Gomez’s single, ‘The Heart Wants What It Wants.’ Bieber is allegedly unhappy that Gomez has moved on and is now dating DJ Zedd.

After dating childhood sweetheart, Adam Gouraguine, for ten years, singer Sande shocked friends when she filed for divorce in November, after just a year of marriage. Speaking to The Times newspaper, Sande said “Everyone thought I’d gone mad. ‘What do you mean a divorce? We were all at your wedding a few months ago. But there was just something inside me that said, ‘This isn’t the life. You’re pretending to be someone else’.” She has admitted that she is still coming to terms with losing her “best friend”.


Valentine's Day - The date we love to hate

TARA FLYNN is an actress, comedian, and the author of You&rsquore Grand. She is married to Carl Austin, a writer on Fair City.

“I hate Valentine’s Day. It’s not the day’s fault, but when you’re single, it’s torture. If you’re alone, it’s another societally approved reason to feel inadequate. On the other hand, if you’re with someone, the pressure to do something amazing is almost unbearable.

“Twice I was dumped during the week of the 14th and I’m pretty sure that pressure had something to do with it. Way to make me feel extra-sad, Hallmark! There are no ‘Sorry you got dumped this week, of all weeks’ cards’. (Note to self: greeting-card idea pitch.)

“Now that I’m married, I get that it’s a nice idea to spend a day celebrating romance, especially when everyday chores and familiarity can wipe a bit of the shine off. But it’s weird that celebrating your unique relationship should be so uniform.

“Like a love-army, we line up: queues for the flowershop, buying cards in late January to nab the good ones, eating standing up or perched on the edge of a bar stool at 5pm, because that’s the only reservation left at that place you went for your first date.

“My favourite Valentine’s Day was two years ago, in my husband’s hometown. We went for dinner in downtown LA, then for a pint and were home by about 10. Nothing amazing happened, but nothing amazing happened to just the two of us.

“When we go to the US, there are so many people to see, who we fret we won’t see all the rest of the year long, that we get pulled from pillar to post, trying to fit everyone in. But on February 14, we had licence to just be by ourselves. It was great.

“This year, we don’t have any plans. Maybe we’ll do nothing, in solidarity with those who’re feeling the loneliness a little more acutely, because of the stupid heart balloons everywhere. Even when you’re in a relationship, those bloody balloons are stupid.”

Lisa Fitzpatrick is a TV presenter and fashion stylist. She is married to Paul Fitzpatrick. The couple have two children.

“My most favourite Valentine’s Day memory? Four years ago, our children asked could they stay at The Beacon Hotel for a night, so we decided to stay on Valentine’s night. It was great fun, because we surprised Paul. We had rose petals on the bed and we lit dozens of candles.

“We packed Paul’s work clothes, toiletries, etc, for the next day, and after we casually had dinner we got in the lift to go home and the kids giggled and pressed ‘second floor’. They said, “Dad, close your eyes. Happy Valentine’s Day!” We had a very romantic night — I slept with Sophie, and Paul slept with Dalton. Very romantic!

“Since then, our kids act as the waiter/waitress for Valentine’s Day. They set the table, I cook, they serve and they make the desserts. It’s a cosy night in for us and we all really enjoy it.”

Declan Buckley, aka Shirley TempleBar, is a television personality and well-known drag queen. His partner is Andrew Hetherington.

“I’ve been with Andrew since 2000. We live together in Rathmines.

Romance becomes something different when you’ve been together as long as Andrew and I have.

After 15 years, extravagant gestures lose their impact: there’s only so many times that you can be brought on a surprise trip to Paris or be given a new car (although I do think once might be nice).

“These days, it’s the ‘little things’ that seem the most romantic to me, like being reminded every day that I am loved. Andrew tells me that every day. Puke-inducing, I know, but in a world that can be so quick to cut you down, having someone build you up is great.

“Sometimes, just holding hands can be the most romantic thing we can do in public, but, if you’re gay, that’s something that can provoke a response that ruins the moment, so we’re not big on public displays of affection.

“I think the most romantic moments are when we are together and we’re not thinking about it — if that’s when we are with our nieces and nephews as the ‘best uncles in the universe’ or spending time at home laughing.

“We laugh a lot. Mostly at me.”

Famous gestures of love, from Kanye to Brad

Kanye West’s romantic gestures to wife, Kim Kardashian, are legendary. To propose, he rented out a ball park in San Francisco and filled it with candles, hired a 90-piece orchestra, and flashed the message “Pleeease Marry Meee. ” (Sic) across the Jumbotron he created an entire wall of flowers for Mother’s Day and bought her a $750,000 black diamond ring as a ‘push present’ when she gave birth to the couple’s daughter, North West. So, one can only imagine what extravagant gifts the rapper has planned for Valentine’s Day.

Rugby player Brian O’Driscoll has revealed himself in his autobiography, The Test, as quite the romantic. After seeing Amy Huberman on Ryan Tubridy’s Saturday night chat show, he asked his PR agent, Joanne Byrne, to orchestrate a meeting between the two of them.

“After eight weeks, I had a fair idea I wanted to marry her. People say when you know you know, and genuinely it was a case of that,” O’Driscoll says. He married Huberman in 2010, and the pair have two children, Sadie and Billy.

The way Amy revealed her pregnancy to him was also romantic. Bringing him into their back garden, where O’Driscoll had proposed,

Huberman handed him a note, which read: “First there were two and then there were three”.

A real-life love song Is there anything more romantic than having a song written for you? Bono wrote ‘The Sweetest Thing’ for wife, Ali Hewson, as an apology for having missed her birthday, because he was recording The Joshua Tree. The couple, who have been together since school, have been married for 32 years.

To celebrate Justin Theroux’s 43rd birthday — and the second anniversary of their engagement — Jennifer Aniston surprised him with a trip to Bora Bora. Staying in the Four Seasons, where rooms start at $1,500 a night, the couple are now considering the French Polynesian paradise as a wedding location.

Mila Kunis says that for Valentine’s Day she likes something “sweet and meaningful. I love flowers, and who doesn’t love chocolate? I want the biggest bear and, like, a thousand roses.

If we’re going to do it, we might as well do it full out!” This is the first Valentine’s Day since she and her fiancée, and former That 70s Show co-star, Ashton Kutcher, had their daughter, so one can only imagine that Kutcher will go ‘full out’ to show his love.

How Becks keeps Posh on side

In his autobiography, My Side, David Beckham reveals the secrets of his long marriage to Victoria Beckham.

“If you love someone, you want to treat them, surprise them, remind them how you feel, whether that means a weekend away somewhere, or a bowl of fruit in the morning laid out in the shape of a heart.”

Brad takes the good with the bad

Following their wedding in the south of France, in August, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have said things have ‘changed’.

Jolie has joked that “we have more moments where I say, ‘I’m going to be a better wife. I’m going to learn to cook,’ and [Brad] says, ‘Oh, honey, know what you’re good at, know what you’re not.’ But I do have, my like, ‘No, no, no, I’m going to get this wife thing down.’ He knows my limitations and where I’m a good wife and a good mom.”

George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin

This will be their first Valentine’s Day as a married couple after tying the knot in an extravagant fashion in Venice last September. Speaking at the Golden Globes, where the actor received the Cecil B DeMille lifetime achievement award, Clooney gave tribute to Amal, a leading human rights barrister. “It’s a humbling thing when you find someone to love - even better when you’ve been waiting your whole life.

Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter

The Sherlock star stunned his rabid fanbase of ‘Cumberbitches’ in November when he revealed his engagement to 36-year-old actress and director, Sophie Hunter. Cumberbatch flew to Scotland to ask Hunter’s parents for permission to marry their daughter, and an announcement was subsequently announced in the births, marriages and deaths section of The Times.

After the infamous ‘elevator incident’ involving Beyonce, her younger sister, Solange andJay-Z, rumours began to circulate that all was not well in the couple’s six year marriage. The pair maintained a united front during their highly lucrative On The Run tour, and a recent photo posted to Beyonce’s Instagram account seemed to suggest she might be expecting their second child.

Maia Dunphy and Johnny Vegas

Dunphy had a stellar year in 2014, with the latest season of her series, What Women Want, loved by both critics and viewers. It looks like 2015 will be equally as exciting as she and her husband (comedian Johnny Vegas) have announced the news of her pregnancy.

Charlize Theron and Sean Penn

Theron and Penn’s relationship has continued to flourish. It has been reported that Penn has allegedly signed papers to adopt Theron’s three-year-old son, Jackson.

Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel

While the former 7th Heaven star and her popstar husband have remained quiet, Timberlake’s N’ Sync bandmate, Joey Fatone, has spoken publicly about the pregnancy, saying he believes the pair will make great parents.

Cameron Diaz and Benji Madden

In her speech at the couple’s wedding in January, less than two months after they became engaged, Diaz explained why she had never been married previously. She said, ‘I waited because I didn’t want to settle. Now I got the best man ever.

Robin Thicke and Paula Patton

After 21 years together (and persistent rumours of infidelity), Thicke and Patton announced their separation in February, 2014. To win Patton back, Thicke released an album called Paula, containing tracks with titles such as ‘Too Little, Too Late’, ‘Get Her Back’, and ‘Forever Love’. The pair remain separated.

Ryan Tubridy and Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain

The host of the Late Late Show split from broadcaster and scientist, Ni Shuilleabhain, in December. The couple had begun dating in 2009 and, although they briefly split up in 2010, their subsequent joint purchase of a house seemed to cement their future.

A statement released by their management stated that “Aoibhinn and Ryan are no longer together. They will remain friends and ask for privacy at this time. There will be no further comment on this personal matter.”

Mandy Moore and Ryan Adams

The singer and actress, Mandy Moore, confirmed that she was ending her six-year marriage to the musician, Ryan Adams. Citing ‘irreconcilable differences’ when she filed papers in L.A, in January, she tweeted that she was “having the worst time.”

Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Burton

The relationship between Bonham Carter and Burton was notoriously unconventional. The pair, together for 13 years and who have two children, never married and lived in adjoining houses in London, and seemed to be blissfully happy together, until they announced their separation in December.

Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber

The couple that just can’t seem to quit one another, Gomez and Bieber have one of the most tumultuous relationships in Hollywood. They were the inspiration for Gomez’s single, ‘The Heart Wants What It Wants.’ Bieber is allegedly unhappy that Gomez has moved on and is now dating DJ Zedd.

After dating childhood sweetheart, Adam Gouraguine, for ten years, singer Sande shocked friends when she filed for divorce in November, after just a year of marriage. Speaking to The Times newspaper, Sande said “Everyone thought I’d gone mad. ‘What do you mean a divorce? We were all at your wedding a few months ago. But there was just something inside me that said, ‘This isn’t the life. You’re pretending to be someone else’.” She has admitted that she is still coming to terms with losing her “best friend”.


Valentine's Day - The date we love to hate

TARA FLYNN is an actress, comedian, and the author of You&rsquore Grand. She is married to Carl Austin, a writer on Fair City.

“I hate Valentine’s Day. It’s not the day’s fault, but when you’re single, it’s torture. If you’re alone, it’s another societally approved reason to feel inadequate. On the other hand, if you’re with someone, the pressure to do something amazing is almost unbearable.

“Twice I was dumped during the week of the 14th and I’m pretty sure that pressure had something to do with it. Way to make me feel extra-sad, Hallmark! There are no ‘Sorry you got dumped this week, of all weeks’ cards’. (Note to self: greeting-card idea pitch.)

“Now that I’m married, I get that it’s a nice idea to spend a day celebrating romance, especially when everyday chores and familiarity can wipe a bit of the shine off. But it’s weird that celebrating your unique relationship should be so uniform.

“Like a love-army, we line up: queues for the flowershop, buying cards in late January to nab the good ones, eating standing up or perched on the edge of a bar stool at 5pm, because that’s the only reservation left at that place you went for your first date.

“My favourite Valentine’s Day was two years ago, in my husband’s hometown. We went for dinner in downtown LA, then for a pint and were home by about 10. Nothing amazing happened, but nothing amazing happened to just the two of us.

“When we go to the US, there are so many people to see, who we fret we won’t see all the rest of the year long, that we get pulled from pillar to post, trying to fit everyone in. But on February 14, we had licence to just be by ourselves. It was great.

“This year, we don’t have any plans. Maybe we’ll do nothing, in solidarity with those who’re feeling the loneliness a little more acutely, because of the stupid heart balloons everywhere. Even when you’re in a relationship, those bloody balloons are stupid.”

Lisa Fitzpatrick is a TV presenter and fashion stylist. She is married to Paul Fitzpatrick. The couple have two children.

“My most favourite Valentine’s Day memory? Four years ago, our children asked could they stay at The Beacon Hotel for a night, so we decided to stay on Valentine’s night. It was great fun, because we surprised Paul. We had rose petals on the bed and we lit dozens of candles.

“We packed Paul’s work clothes, toiletries, etc, for the next day, and after we casually had dinner we got in the lift to go home and the kids giggled and pressed ‘second floor’. They said, “Dad, close your eyes. Happy Valentine’s Day!” We had a very romantic night — I slept with Sophie, and Paul slept with Dalton. Very romantic!

“Since then, our kids act as the waiter/waitress for Valentine’s Day. They set the table, I cook, they serve and they make the desserts. It’s a cosy night in for us and we all really enjoy it.”

Declan Buckley, aka Shirley TempleBar, is a television personality and well-known drag queen. His partner is Andrew Hetherington.

“I’ve been with Andrew since 2000. We live together in Rathmines.

Romance becomes something different when you’ve been together as long as Andrew and I have.

After 15 years, extravagant gestures lose their impact: there’s only so many times that you can be brought on a surprise trip to Paris or be given a new car (although I do think once might be nice).

“These days, it’s the ‘little things’ that seem the most romantic to me, like being reminded every day that I am loved. Andrew tells me that every day. Puke-inducing, I know, but in a world that can be so quick to cut you down, having someone build you up is great.

“Sometimes, just holding hands can be the most romantic thing we can do in public, but, if you’re gay, that’s something that can provoke a response that ruins the moment, so we’re not big on public displays of affection.

“I think the most romantic moments are when we are together and we’re not thinking about it — if that’s when we are with our nieces and nephews as the ‘best uncles in the universe’ or spending time at home laughing.

“We laugh a lot. Mostly at me.”

Famous gestures of love, from Kanye to Brad

Kanye West’s romantic gestures to wife, Kim Kardashian, are legendary. To propose, he rented out a ball park in San Francisco and filled it with candles, hired a 90-piece orchestra, and flashed the message “Pleeease Marry Meee. ” (Sic) across the Jumbotron he created an entire wall of flowers for Mother’s Day and bought her a $750,000 black diamond ring as a ‘push present’ when she gave birth to the couple’s daughter, North West. So, one can only imagine what extravagant gifts the rapper has planned for Valentine’s Day.

Rugby player Brian O’Driscoll has revealed himself in his autobiography, The Test, as quite the romantic. After seeing Amy Huberman on Ryan Tubridy’s Saturday night chat show, he asked his PR agent, Joanne Byrne, to orchestrate a meeting between the two of them.

“After eight weeks, I had a fair idea I wanted to marry her. People say when you know you know, and genuinely it was a case of that,” O’Driscoll says. He married Huberman in 2010, and the pair have two children, Sadie and Billy.

The way Amy revealed her pregnancy to him was also romantic. Bringing him into their back garden, where O’Driscoll had proposed,

Huberman handed him a note, which read: “First there were two and then there were three”.

A real-life love song Is there anything more romantic than having a song written for you? Bono wrote ‘The Sweetest Thing’ for wife, Ali Hewson, as an apology for having missed her birthday, because he was recording The Joshua Tree. The couple, who have been together since school, have been married for 32 years.

To celebrate Justin Theroux’s 43rd birthday — and the second anniversary of their engagement — Jennifer Aniston surprised him with a trip to Bora Bora. Staying in the Four Seasons, where rooms start at $1,500 a night, the couple are now considering the French Polynesian paradise as a wedding location.

Mila Kunis says that for Valentine’s Day she likes something “sweet and meaningful. I love flowers, and who doesn’t love chocolate? I want the biggest bear and, like, a thousand roses.

If we’re going to do it, we might as well do it full out!” This is the first Valentine’s Day since she and her fiancée, and former That 70s Show co-star, Ashton Kutcher, had their daughter, so one can only imagine that Kutcher will go ‘full out’ to show his love.

How Becks keeps Posh on side

In his autobiography, My Side, David Beckham reveals the secrets of his long marriage to Victoria Beckham.

“If you love someone, you want to treat them, surprise them, remind them how you feel, whether that means a weekend away somewhere, or a bowl of fruit in the morning laid out in the shape of a heart.”

Brad takes the good with the bad

Following their wedding in the south of France, in August, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have said things have ‘changed’.

Jolie has joked that “we have more moments where I say, ‘I’m going to be a better wife. I’m going to learn to cook,’ and [Brad] says, ‘Oh, honey, know what you’re good at, know what you’re not.’ But I do have, my like, ‘No, no, no, I’m going to get this wife thing down.’ He knows my limitations and where I’m a good wife and a good mom.”

George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin

This will be their first Valentine’s Day as a married couple after tying the knot in an extravagant fashion in Venice last September. Speaking at the Golden Globes, where the actor received the Cecil B DeMille lifetime achievement award, Clooney gave tribute to Amal, a leading human rights barrister. “It’s a humbling thing when you find someone to love - even better when you’ve been waiting your whole life.

Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter

The Sherlock star stunned his rabid fanbase of ‘Cumberbitches’ in November when he revealed his engagement to 36-year-old actress and director, Sophie Hunter. Cumberbatch flew to Scotland to ask Hunter’s parents for permission to marry their daughter, and an announcement was subsequently announced in the births, marriages and deaths section of The Times.

After the infamous ‘elevator incident’ involving Beyonce, her younger sister, Solange andJay-Z, rumours began to circulate that all was not well in the couple’s six year marriage. The pair maintained a united front during their highly lucrative On The Run tour, and a recent photo posted to Beyonce’s Instagram account seemed to suggest she might be expecting their second child.

Maia Dunphy and Johnny Vegas

Dunphy had a stellar year in 2014, with the latest season of her series, What Women Want, loved by both critics and viewers. It looks like 2015 will be equally as exciting as she and her husband (comedian Johnny Vegas) have announced the news of her pregnancy.

Charlize Theron and Sean Penn

Theron and Penn’s relationship has continued to flourish. It has been reported that Penn has allegedly signed papers to adopt Theron’s three-year-old son, Jackson.

Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel

While the former 7th Heaven star and her popstar husband have remained quiet, Timberlake’s N’ Sync bandmate, Joey Fatone, has spoken publicly about the pregnancy, saying he believes the pair will make great parents.

Cameron Diaz and Benji Madden

In her speech at the couple’s wedding in January, less than two months after they became engaged, Diaz explained why she had never been married previously. She said, ‘I waited because I didn’t want to settle. Now I got the best man ever.

Robin Thicke and Paula Patton

After 21 years together (and persistent rumours of infidelity), Thicke and Patton announced their separation in February, 2014. To win Patton back, Thicke released an album called Paula, containing tracks with titles such as ‘Too Little, Too Late’, ‘Get Her Back’, and ‘Forever Love’. The pair remain separated.

Ryan Tubridy and Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain

The host of the Late Late Show split from broadcaster and scientist, Ni Shuilleabhain, in December. The couple had begun dating in 2009 and, although they briefly split up in 2010, their subsequent joint purchase of a house seemed to cement their future.

A statement released by their management stated that “Aoibhinn and Ryan are no longer together. They will remain friends and ask for privacy at this time. There will be no further comment on this personal matter.”

Mandy Moore and Ryan Adams

The singer and actress, Mandy Moore, confirmed that she was ending her six-year marriage to the musician, Ryan Adams. Citing ‘irreconcilable differences’ when she filed papers in L.A, in January, she tweeted that she was “having the worst time.”

Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Burton

The relationship between Bonham Carter and Burton was notoriously unconventional. The pair, together for 13 years and who have two children, never married and lived in adjoining houses in London, and seemed to be blissfully happy together, until they announced their separation in December.

Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber

The couple that just can’t seem to quit one another, Gomez and Bieber have one of the most tumultuous relationships in Hollywood. They were the inspiration for Gomez’s single, ‘The Heart Wants What It Wants.’ Bieber is allegedly unhappy that Gomez has moved on and is now dating DJ Zedd.

After dating childhood sweetheart, Adam Gouraguine, for ten years, singer Sande shocked friends when she filed for divorce in November, after just a year of marriage. Speaking to The Times newspaper, Sande said “Everyone thought I’d gone mad. ‘What do you mean a divorce? We were all at your wedding a few months ago. But there was just something inside me that said, ‘This isn’t the life. You’re pretending to be someone else’.” She has admitted that she is still coming to terms with losing her “best friend”.


Valentine's Day - The date we love to hate

TARA FLYNN is an actress, comedian, and the author of You&rsquore Grand. She is married to Carl Austin, a writer on Fair City.

“I hate Valentine’s Day. It’s not the day’s fault, but when you’re single, it’s torture. If you’re alone, it’s another societally approved reason to feel inadequate. On the other hand, if you’re with someone, the pressure to do something amazing is almost unbearable.

“Twice I was dumped during the week of the 14th and I’m pretty sure that pressure had something to do with it. Way to make me feel extra-sad, Hallmark! There are no ‘Sorry you got dumped this week, of all weeks’ cards’. (Note to self: greeting-card idea pitch.)

“Now that I’m married, I get that it’s a nice idea to spend a day celebrating romance, especially when everyday chores and familiarity can wipe a bit of the shine off. But it’s weird that celebrating your unique relationship should be so uniform.

“Like a love-army, we line up: queues for the flowershop, buying cards in late January to nab the good ones, eating standing up or perched on the edge of a bar stool at 5pm, because that’s the only reservation left at that place you went for your first date.

“My favourite Valentine’s Day was two years ago, in my husband’s hometown. We went for dinner in downtown LA, then for a pint and were home by about 10. Nothing amazing happened, but nothing amazing happened to just the two of us.

“When we go to the US, there are so many people to see, who we fret we won’t see all the rest of the year long, that we get pulled from pillar to post, trying to fit everyone in. But on February 14, we had licence to just be by ourselves. It was great.

“This year, we don’t have any plans. Maybe we’ll do nothing, in solidarity with those who’re feeling the loneliness a little more acutely, because of the stupid heart balloons everywhere. Even when you’re in a relationship, those bloody balloons are stupid.”

Lisa Fitzpatrick is a TV presenter and fashion stylist. She is married to Paul Fitzpatrick. The couple have two children.

“My most favourite Valentine’s Day memory? Four years ago, our children asked could they stay at The Beacon Hotel for a night, so we decided to stay on Valentine’s night. It was great fun, because we surprised Paul. We had rose petals on the bed and we lit dozens of candles.

“We packed Paul’s work clothes, toiletries, etc, for the next day, and after we casually had dinner we got in the lift to go home and the kids giggled and pressed ‘second floor’. They said, “Dad, close your eyes. Happy Valentine’s Day!” We had a very romantic night — I slept with Sophie, and Paul slept with Dalton. Very romantic!

“Since then, our kids act as the waiter/waitress for Valentine’s Day. They set the table, I cook, they serve and they make the desserts. It’s a cosy night in for us and we all really enjoy it.”

Declan Buckley, aka Shirley TempleBar, is a television personality and well-known drag queen. His partner is Andrew Hetherington.

“I’ve been with Andrew since 2000. We live together in Rathmines.

Romance becomes something different when you’ve been together as long as Andrew and I have.

After 15 years, extravagant gestures lose their impact: there’s only so many times that you can be brought on a surprise trip to Paris or be given a new car (although I do think once might be nice).

“These days, it’s the ‘little things’ that seem the most romantic to me, like being reminded every day that I am loved. Andrew tells me that every day. Puke-inducing, I know, but in a world that can be so quick to cut you down, having someone build you up is great.

“Sometimes, just holding hands can be the most romantic thing we can do in public, but, if you’re gay, that’s something that can provoke a response that ruins the moment, so we’re not big on public displays of affection.

“I think the most romantic moments are when we are together and we’re not thinking about it — if that’s when we are with our nieces and nephews as the ‘best uncles in the universe’ or spending time at home laughing.

“We laugh a lot. Mostly at me.”

Famous gestures of love, from Kanye to Brad

Kanye West’s romantic gestures to wife, Kim Kardashian, are legendary. To propose, he rented out a ball park in San Francisco and filled it with candles, hired a 90-piece orchestra, and flashed the message “Pleeease Marry Meee. ” (Sic) across the Jumbotron he created an entire wall of flowers for Mother’s Day and bought her a $750,000 black diamond ring as a ‘push present’ when she gave birth to the couple’s daughter, North West. So, one can only imagine what extravagant gifts the rapper has planned for Valentine’s Day.

Rugby player Brian O’Driscoll has revealed himself in his autobiography, The Test, as quite the romantic. After seeing Amy Huberman on Ryan Tubridy’s Saturday night chat show, he asked his PR agent, Joanne Byrne, to orchestrate a meeting between the two of them.

“After eight weeks, I had a fair idea I wanted to marry her. People say when you know you know, and genuinely it was a case of that,” O’Driscoll says. He married Huberman in 2010, and the pair have two children, Sadie and Billy.

The way Amy revealed her pregnancy to him was also romantic. Bringing him into their back garden, where O’Driscoll had proposed,

Huberman handed him a note, which read: “First there were two and then there were three”.

A real-life love song Is there anything more romantic than having a song written for you? Bono wrote ‘The Sweetest Thing’ for wife, Ali Hewson, as an apology for having missed her birthday, because he was recording The Joshua Tree. The couple, who have been together since school, have been married for 32 years.

To celebrate Justin Theroux’s 43rd birthday — and the second anniversary of their engagement — Jennifer Aniston surprised him with a trip to Bora Bora. Staying in the Four Seasons, where rooms start at $1,500 a night, the couple are now considering the French Polynesian paradise as a wedding location.

Mila Kunis says that for Valentine’s Day she likes something “sweet and meaningful. I love flowers, and who doesn’t love chocolate? I want the biggest bear and, like, a thousand roses.

If we’re going to do it, we might as well do it full out!” This is the first Valentine’s Day since she and her fiancée, and former That 70s Show co-star, Ashton Kutcher, had their daughter, so one can only imagine that Kutcher will go ‘full out’ to show his love.

How Becks keeps Posh on side

In his autobiography, My Side, David Beckham reveals the secrets of his long marriage to Victoria Beckham.

“If you love someone, you want to treat them, surprise them, remind them how you feel, whether that means a weekend away somewhere, or a bowl of fruit in the morning laid out in the shape of a heart.”

Brad takes the good with the bad

Following their wedding in the south of France, in August, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have said things have ‘changed’.

Jolie has joked that “we have more moments where I say, ‘I’m going to be a better wife. I’m going to learn to cook,’ and [Brad] says, ‘Oh, honey, know what you’re good at, know what you’re not.’ But I do have, my like, ‘No, no, no, I’m going to get this wife thing down.’ He knows my limitations and where I’m a good wife and a good mom.”

George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin

This will be their first Valentine’s Day as a married couple after tying the knot in an extravagant fashion in Venice last September. Speaking at the Golden Globes, where the actor received the Cecil B DeMille lifetime achievement award, Clooney gave tribute to Amal, a leading human rights barrister. “It’s a humbling thing when you find someone to love - even better when you’ve been waiting your whole life.

Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter

The Sherlock star stunned his rabid fanbase of ‘Cumberbitches’ in November when he revealed his engagement to 36-year-old actress and director, Sophie Hunter. Cumberbatch flew to Scotland to ask Hunter’s parents for permission to marry their daughter, and an announcement was subsequently announced in the births, marriages and deaths section of The Times.

After the infamous ‘elevator incident’ involving Beyonce, her younger sister, Solange andJay-Z, rumours began to circulate that all was not well in the couple’s six year marriage. The pair maintained a united front during their highly lucrative On The Run tour, and a recent photo posted to Beyonce’s Instagram account seemed to suggest she might be expecting their second child.

Maia Dunphy and Johnny Vegas

Dunphy had a stellar year in 2014, with the latest season of her series, What Women Want, loved by both critics and viewers. It looks like 2015 will be equally as exciting as she and her husband (comedian Johnny Vegas) have announced the news of her pregnancy.

Charlize Theron and Sean Penn

Theron and Penn’s relationship has continued to flourish. It has been reported that Penn has allegedly signed papers to adopt Theron’s three-year-old son, Jackson.

Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel

While the former 7th Heaven star and her popstar husband have remained quiet, Timberlake’s N’ Sync bandmate, Joey Fatone, has spoken publicly about the pregnancy, saying he believes the pair will make great parents.

Cameron Diaz and Benji Madden

In her speech at the couple’s wedding in January, less than two months after they became engaged, Diaz explained why she had never been married previously. She said, ‘I waited because I didn’t want to settle. Now I got the best man ever.

Robin Thicke and Paula Patton

After 21 years together (and persistent rumours of infidelity), Thicke and Patton announced their separation in February, 2014. To win Patton back, Thicke released an album called Paula, containing tracks with titles such as ‘Too Little, Too Late’, ‘Get Her Back’, and ‘Forever Love’. The pair remain separated.

Ryan Tubridy and Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain

The host of the Late Late Show split from broadcaster and scientist, Ni Shuilleabhain, in December. The couple had begun dating in 2009 and, although they briefly split up in 2010, their subsequent joint purchase of a house seemed to cement their future.

A statement released by their management stated that “Aoibhinn and Ryan are no longer together. They will remain friends and ask for privacy at this time. There will be no further comment on this personal matter.”

Mandy Moore and Ryan Adams

The singer and actress, Mandy Moore, confirmed that she was ending her six-year marriage to the musician, Ryan Adams. Citing ‘irreconcilable differences’ when she filed papers in L.A, in January, she tweeted that she was “having the worst time.”

Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Burton

The relationship between Bonham Carter and Burton was notoriously unconventional. The pair, together for 13 years and who have two children, never married and lived in adjoining houses in London, and seemed to be blissfully happy together, until they announced their separation in December.

Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber

The couple that just can’t seem to quit one another, Gomez and Bieber have one of the most tumultuous relationships in Hollywood. They were the inspiration for Gomez’s single, ‘The Heart Wants What It Wants.’ Bieber is allegedly unhappy that Gomez has moved on and is now dating DJ Zedd.

After dating childhood sweetheart, Adam Gouraguine, for ten years, singer Sande shocked friends when she filed for divorce in November, after just a year of marriage. Speaking to The Times newspaper, Sande said “Everyone thought I’d gone mad. ‘What do you mean a divorce? We were all at your wedding a few months ago. But there was just something inside me that said, ‘This isn’t the life. You’re pretending to be someone else’.” She has admitted that she is still coming to terms with losing her “best friend”.


Valentine's Day - The date we love to hate

TARA FLYNN is an actress, comedian, and the author of You&rsquore Grand. She is married to Carl Austin, a writer on Fair City.

“I hate Valentine’s Day. It’s not the day’s fault, but when you’re single, it’s torture. If you’re alone, it’s another societally approved reason to feel inadequate. On the other hand, if you’re with someone, the pressure to do something amazing is almost unbearable.

“Twice I was dumped during the week of the 14th and I’m pretty sure that pressure had something to do with it. Way to make me feel extra-sad, Hallmark! There are no ‘Sorry you got dumped this week, of all weeks’ cards’. (Note to self: greeting-card idea pitch.)

“Now that I’m married, I get that it’s a nice idea to spend a day celebrating romance, especially when everyday chores and familiarity can wipe a bit of the shine off. But it’s weird that celebrating your unique relationship should be so uniform.

“Like a love-army, we line up: queues for the flowershop, buying cards in late January to nab the good ones, eating standing up or perched on the edge of a bar stool at 5pm, because that’s the only reservation left at that place you went for your first date.

“My favourite Valentine’s Day was two years ago, in my husband’s hometown. We went for dinner in downtown LA, then for a pint and were home by about 10. Nothing amazing happened, but nothing amazing happened to just the two of us.

“When we go to the US, there are so many people to see, who we fret we won’t see all the rest of the year long, that we get pulled from pillar to post, trying to fit everyone in. But on February 14, we had licence to just be by ourselves. It was great.

“This year, we don’t have any plans. Maybe we’ll do nothing, in solidarity with those who’re feeling the loneliness a little more acutely, because of the stupid heart balloons everywhere. Even when you’re in a relationship, those bloody balloons are stupid.”

Lisa Fitzpatrick is a TV presenter and fashion stylist. She is married to Paul Fitzpatrick. The couple have two children.

“My most favourite Valentine’s Day memory? Four years ago, our children asked could they stay at The Beacon Hotel for a night, so we decided to stay on Valentine’s night. It was great fun, because we surprised Paul. We had rose petals on the bed and we lit dozens of candles.

“We packed Paul’s work clothes, toiletries, etc, for the next day, and after we casually had dinner we got in the lift to go home and the kids giggled and pressed ‘second floor’. They said, “Dad, close your eyes. Happy Valentine’s Day!” We had a very romantic night — I slept with Sophie, and Paul slept with Dalton. Very romantic!

“Since then, our kids act as the waiter/waitress for Valentine’s Day. They set the table, I cook, they serve and they make the desserts. It’s a cosy night in for us and we all really enjoy it.”

Declan Buckley, aka Shirley TempleBar, is a television personality and well-known drag queen. His partner is Andrew Hetherington.

“I’ve been with Andrew since 2000. We live together in Rathmines.

Romance becomes something different when you’ve been together as long as Andrew and I have.

After 15 years, extravagant gestures lose their impact: there’s only so many times that you can be brought on a surprise trip to Paris or be given a new car (although I do think once might be nice).

“These days, it’s the ‘little things’ that seem the most romantic to me, like being reminded every day that I am loved. Andrew tells me that every day. Puke-inducing, I know, but in a world that can be so quick to cut you down, having someone build you up is great.

“Sometimes, just holding hands can be the most romantic thing we can do in public, but, if you’re gay, that’s something that can provoke a response that ruins the moment, so we’re not big on public displays of affection.

“I think the most romantic moments are when we are together and we’re not thinking about it — if that’s when we are with our nieces and nephews as the ‘best uncles in the universe’ or spending time at home laughing.

“We laugh a lot. Mostly at me.”

Famous gestures of love, from Kanye to Brad

Kanye West’s romantic gestures to wife, Kim Kardashian, are legendary. To propose, he rented out a ball park in San Francisco and filled it with candles, hired a 90-piece orchestra, and flashed the message “Pleeease Marry Meee. ” (Sic) across the Jumbotron he created an entire wall of flowers for Mother’s Day and bought her a $750,000 black diamond ring as a ‘push present’ when she gave birth to the couple’s daughter, North West. So, one can only imagine what extravagant gifts the rapper has planned for Valentine’s Day.

Rugby player Brian O’Driscoll has revealed himself in his autobiography, The Test, as quite the romantic. After seeing Amy Huberman on Ryan Tubridy’s Saturday night chat show, he asked his PR agent, Joanne Byrne, to orchestrate a meeting between the two of them.

“After eight weeks, I had a fair idea I wanted to marry her. People say when you know you know, and genuinely it was a case of that,” O’Driscoll says. He married Huberman in 2010, and the pair have two children, Sadie and Billy.

The way Amy revealed her pregnancy to him was also romantic. Bringing him into their back garden, where O’Driscoll had proposed,

Huberman handed him a note, which read: “First there were two and then there were three”.

A real-life love song Is there anything more romantic than having a song written for you? Bono wrote ‘The Sweetest Thing’ for wife, Ali Hewson, as an apology for having missed her birthday, because he was recording The Joshua Tree. The couple, who have been together since school, have been married for 32 years.

To celebrate Justin Theroux’s 43rd birthday — and the second anniversary of their engagement — Jennifer Aniston surprised him with a trip to Bora Bora. Staying in the Four Seasons, where rooms start at $1,500 a night, the couple are now considering the French Polynesian paradise as a wedding location.

Mila Kunis says that for Valentine’s Day she likes something “sweet and meaningful. I love flowers, and who doesn’t love chocolate? I want the biggest bear and, like, a thousand roses.

If we’re going to do it, we might as well do it full out!” This is the first Valentine’s Day since she and her fiancée, and former That 70s Show co-star, Ashton Kutcher, had their daughter, so one can only imagine that Kutcher will go ‘full out’ to show his love.

How Becks keeps Posh on side

In his autobiography, My Side, David Beckham reveals the secrets of his long marriage to Victoria Beckham.

“If you love someone, you want to treat them, surprise them, remind them how you feel, whether that means a weekend away somewhere, or a bowl of fruit in the morning laid out in the shape of a heart.”

Brad takes the good with the bad

Following their wedding in the south of France, in August, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have said things have ‘changed’.

Jolie has joked that “we have more moments where I say, ‘I’m going to be a better wife. I’m going to learn to cook,’ and [Brad] says, ‘Oh, honey, know what you’re good at, know what you’re not.’ But I do have, my like, ‘No, no, no, I’m going to get this wife thing down.’ He knows my limitations and where I’m a good wife and a good mom.”

George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin

This will be their first Valentine’s Day as a married couple after tying the knot in an extravagant fashion in Venice last September. Speaking at the Golden Globes, where the actor received the Cecil B DeMille lifetime achievement award, Clooney gave tribute to Amal, a leading human rights barrister. “It’s a humbling thing when you find someone to love - even better when you’ve been waiting your whole life.

Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter

The Sherlock star stunned his rabid fanbase of ‘Cumberbitches’ in November when he revealed his engagement to 36-year-old actress and director, Sophie Hunter. Cumberbatch flew to Scotland to ask Hunter’s parents for permission to marry their daughter, and an announcement was subsequently announced in the births, marriages and deaths section of The Times.

After the infamous ‘elevator incident’ involving Beyonce, her younger sister, Solange andJay-Z, rumours began to circulate that all was not well in the couple’s six year marriage. The pair maintained a united front during their highly lucrative On The Run tour, and a recent photo posted to Beyonce’s Instagram account seemed to suggest she might be expecting their second child.

Maia Dunphy and Johnny Vegas

Dunphy had a stellar year in 2014, with the latest season of her series, What Women Want, loved by both critics and viewers. It looks like 2015 will be equally as exciting as she and her husband (comedian Johnny Vegas) have announced the news of her pregnancy.

Charlize Theron and Sean Penn

Theron and Penn’s relationship has continued to flourish. It has been reported that Penn has allegedly signed papers to adopt Theron’s three-year-old son, Jackson.

Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel

While the former 7th Heaven star and her popstar husband have remained quiet, Timberlake’s N’ Sync bandmate, Joey Fatone, has spoken publicly about the pregnancy, saying he believes the pair will make great parents.

Cameron Diaz and Benji Madden

In her speech at the couple’s wedding in January, less than two months after they became engaged, Diaz explained why she had never been married previously. She said, ‘I waited because I didn’t want to settle. Now I got the best man ever.

Robin Thicke and Paula Patton

After 21 years together (and persistent rumours of infidelity), Thicke and Patton announced their separation in February, 2014. To win Patton back, Thicke released an album called Paula, containing tracks with titles such as ‘Too Little, Too Late’, ‘Get Her Back’, and ‘Forever Love’. The pair remain separated.

Ryan Tubridy and Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain

The host of the Late Late Show split from broadcaster and scientist, Ni Shuilleabhain, in December. The couple had begun dating in 2009 and, although they briefly split up in 2010, their subsequent joint purchase of a house seemed to cement their future.

A statement released by their management stated that “Aoibhinn and Ryan are no longer together. They will remain friends and ask for privacy at this time. There will be no further comment on this personal matter.”

Mandy Moore and Ryan Adams

The singer and actress, Mandy Moore, confirmed that she was ending her six-year marriage to the musician, Ryan Adams. Citing ‘irreconcilable differences’ when she filed papers in L.A, in January, she tweeted that she was “having the worst time.”

Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Burton

The relationship between Bonham Carter and Burton was notoriously unconventional. The pair, together for 13 years and who have two children, never married and lived in adjoining houses in London, and seemed to be blissfully happy together, until they announced their separation in December.

Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber

The couple that just can’t seem to quit one another, Gomez and Bieber have one of the most tumultuous relationships in Hollywood. They were the inspiration for Gomez’s single, ‘The Heart Wants What It Wants.’ Bieber is allegedly unhappy that Gomez has moved on and is now dating DJ Zedd.

After dating childhood sweetheart, Adam Gouraguine, for ten years, singer Sande shocked friends when she filed for divorce in November, after just a year of marriage. Speaking to The Times newspaper, Sande said “Everyone thought I’d gone mad. ‘What do you mean a divorce? We were all at your wedding a few months ago. But there was just something inside me that said, ‘This isn’t the life. You’re pretending to be someone else’.” She has admitted that she is still coming to terms with losing her “best friend”.


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