Why relationships change

Relationship Changes: Why They Happen and What to Do

Relationships naturally change as they grow and develop. Dealing with changes starts with understanding your partner and learning ways to manage differences.

Navigating relationships with intimate partners, friends, and family members is probably one of the most challenging and complex aspects of the human experience.

Although it’s natural for change to happen in a relationship, sometimes it can be difficult for one or both partners to understand why and what to do about it.

The resulting frustration and conflict may make you feel like your relationship issues are impossible to overcome. The good news is, if you spend some time understanding the root causes of relationship change, you can learn ways to work through it together.

Relationships, especially intimate ones, go through several stages as they develop. While this is happening, you and your partner may also experience stressful life events, such as health issues, financial difficulties, and conflict with friends or family members.

Sometimes life events are exciting — like moving to a new location or getting a new job. But even positive stressors can cause relationship problems.

According to research in 2017, stressors can negatively affect relationship satisfaction, whether the stress comes from within the relationship or from outside.

Some changes that occur in relationships are more impactful than others. For example, big changes may include:

  • One of you no longer wants to have children.
  • Your partner wants to live somewhere you don’t.
  • Your significant other realizes they aren’t monogamous, identifies as another gender, or no longer has the same sexual preferences you do.
  • Your partner experiences a new physical or mental health condition.

However, sometimes seemingly minor changes can cause a shift in relationships. These include:

  • Your partner joins the gym or starts a new hobby.
  • One of you makes a new friend.
  • You or your partner’s work schedule changes.
  • Annoying habits begin to surface for the first time.

Many of these changes simply result from the natural stages a relationship goes through as it evolves. So, it might help to understand what these stages are, and how you might feel as you navigate them.

In general, there are five commonly accepted stages a relationship may go through as it’s progressing.

1. The infatuation or “honeymoon” stage

Intoxicating and all-encompassing, this is the early phase of a relationship when you can’t seem to get enough of each other.

Although the feeling is blissful, this stage is also where both people are on their best behavior — so it may be difficult to see any negative traits in the other. It’s perhaps where the term “blinded by love” originated.

2. The coming together stage

In this stage, you both realize your love for each other and begin to merge your lives. You may announce your partnership to others by posting it on social media and begin to discuss long-term life goals such as marriage or cohabitation.

Here’s where small changes begin to pop up that may mean you and your partner are heading into the next phase of the relationship.

3. The power struggle or disillusionment stage

This stage is hallmarked by natural changes that can be difficult to navigate.

What once was endearing in your mate can become irritating. Differences in values and life goals become apparent, and the love blindness experienced in the infatuation stage is now replaced with 20/20 vision.

Here’s where most couples may begin to doubt everything about the relationship and even question whether it should continue.

4. The commitment stage

Once the rocky road typically endured in the last stage has faded, your relationship may enter a phase of understanding and mutual respect.

You both realize you can’t change the other and also begin to accept your differences. Of course, this stage isn’t immune to challenges brought on by life stressors, but you and your partner are now better equipped to handle them as they appear.

5. The co-creation stage

As time goes on and your relationship has weathered a few storms, a sense of collaboration takes over. As a dedicated team, you and your partner understand each other and begin to take on the world together.

This stage isn’t without its challenges. However, a 2014 study investigating couple longevity suggests couples are less likely to break up the longer they’ve been together.

It’s not necessarily a bad thing when a relationship changes — depending on how you or your partner handle it.

Sometimes changes are good, like getting a new job or making healthy lifestyle choices like joining a gym.

Despite being a positive change, you can have a hard time adapting to any type of change.

For instance, your partner’s promotion at work may be inherently a welcomed change, but it also comes with long work hours. If you or your partner are having a hard time with this new schedule, it can cause strain in the relationship.

Some changes, however, aren’t always good.

For example, suppose your partner was loving and attentive at the beginning of the relationship but, over time, becomes abusive. This negative change can affect the relationship at its core.

If your partner has changed in a way that causes you emotional or physical harm in any way, consider reevaluating your relationship to determine if it’s no longer a safe situation for you.

If you need help

For more information or immediate help, you can contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline online, or call or text “START” to 800-799-7233. This resource is completely confidential.

If something is suddenly different in your relationship — big or small — here are a few tips to help you navigate it successfully.

Investigate possible reasons for the change

Certain changes in you or your partner can be a sign that they’re developing a physical or mental health condition like depression. If you suspect this is the case, consider approaching them with empathy and asking if there’s something you can do to help.

In other cases, your partner’s behavioral changes might not be a change at all. Instead, it may be something they’ve always done, but now — for whatever reason — it’s starting to irritate you.

In this case, consider doing some soul searching into if this is something you can accept. If it isn’t, you could try to communicate this with your partner to come up with a solution or compromise that works for both of you.

Zero in on the real problem

One way to deal with a partner that’s changed is to ask yourself: What is it exactly about this difference that bothers me? Once you pinpoint what that is, you can then communicate your concerns more effectively.

For example, instead of saying, “I hate this new friend you have,” you could explain to your partner: “I’m glad you found someone you like to hang out with, but I feel like we aren’t spending as much time together as I’d like.”

Communicate to understand

When something doesn’t quite feel right in a relationship, communication is the key to understanding the other partner’s perspective.

For big changes like a partner that suddenly doesn’t want to have children anymore, this could mean diving into possible reasons why.

For instance, maybe they really do want children, but they’re afraid they’ll be unable to support them financially. Once you understand the reasons behind this change, you can work together to ease their fears.

Realize when changes are deal breakers

If your partner has changed in a way that you know you’ll have a difficult time living with, or if they’re doing hurtful or abusive things, sometimes it’s necessary to end the relationship. And that’s OK.

Letting go of a relationship isn’t easy, but sometimes it’s the best solution for one or both partners.

Relationships with friends, family members, and even co-workers aren’t immune to changes either.

For instance, one of your friends might have recently entered a new relationship, while you remain single. This can change the dynamic of your friendship.

Handling this is much like dealing with change in a romantic relationship. Honest, open communication paired with empathy can help you adjust to the new norm.

Relationships are like living things — they grow and change with the seasons of life.

Embracing change and learning to adapt when expectations aren’t met can ensure your relationships continue to evolve the way it was meant to.

If you and your partner are having difficulties with changes — big or small — you could consider relationship therapy or marriage counseling. Many couples find that talking with a trained professional helps them adapt to changes, handle conflict, and provides the tools you need to cope.

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It’s a Saturday.

My wife of 5 years and I are on the sofa, pizza juice dripping from our chins onto our matching Nicolas Cage t-shirts, taking in our third or fourth installment of the Cage-a-thon on which we embarked half a day ago.

It’s a far cry from our first meeting on the streets of Edinburgh nearly 9 years ago, where we got to be that appalling couple making out wherever we damn well please.

Gross, I know. But you and your partner started that way too. No judgies.

My stomach would leap into my mouth when I wondered how I’d go in for a kiss, or whether I’d shake my friends long enough to have the opportunity, or during the moment when she said “yes” to hitting up a stand-up show while she sat next to me.

The stomach flutters I get now relate to having forgotten that it was trash day, not recycling, and wondering how I get out of it without telling my wife. But we’re still madly in love and feel it every day.

So how, exactly, does the way we experience love — physically, mentally, and emotionally — change over time?

What causes the shift from spending ages choosing exactly the right terrible floral shirt for a date to ditching dates for nights in and still being happy?

When did “CUDDLE PARTY” become the new “banging like rabbits who listen to Drake”?

How do we cultivate spontaneous fun with throwing marriage, finances, cleaning, farting competitions, and all the other fun, domestic stuff into the mix?

When my wife and I first started dating, it was a charged-up whirlwind of spontaneous trips abroad, long-distance longing, and split-second decisions to spend more time exploring the world (and each other) together.

We consumed our time together like hyenas, giggling at everything the other person said and creating in-jokes at the drop of a hat.

As the wonderful Kurt Vonnegut put it in his book Mother Night, we were a “nation of two”, a secret little club that guaranteed excitement.

Nine years on, and after a few months of lockdown and an even higher number of regrettably unsoaked bowls and plates, it’s pretty clear that we are in a different stage of the relationship. But we’re still that nation of two.

This early can’t-get-enough phase of a relationship is what’s known as the honeymoon stage, and it can be pretty all-consuming.

“In the beginning of relationships, it’s natural that we feel a strong physical attraction and romantic passion,” says Suzie Pileggi Pawelski, MAPP, author of Happy Together: Using the Science of Positive Psychology to Build Love that Lasts.

“When we first meet a person and feel attracted to them, this ignites a series of neurochemical reactions,” says Lyn Rowbotham, PhD, a life and relationship coach in Malibu, California.

“We can feel a ‘high’ from the surge of adrenaline, dopamine, and serotonin that our brain releases.” Essentially, a whole host of horny, happy hormones wreak havoc.

Adrenaline and its close cousin norepinephrine enhance our arousal responses, providing that all-too-familiar flutter in your heart. Dopamine increases the brain’s ability to feel pleasure and reward. Serotonin sends a signal through our nerves to boost our mood and sexual desire.

It’s a cocktail of sexy good-time vibes.

But as amazing as it is, the honeymoon can’t last forever. If we want love that’s going to last, it needs to go beyond the honeymoon.

In our case, long-distance love was all well and good until we had to sit down, work out who was moving where, set up a life together, and pay for visa paperwork.

If you want to enjoy your partner for the long haul, you’re going to have to embrace boring shit and make some sacrifices.

Imagine getting married and still being on your honeymoon 5 years later — the hotel staff are being run ragged by your demands, your room bill is running into six digits, and you haven’t seen anyone else you like for 5 years.

It sure feels great, but it’s not a sustainable way to love.

“While feeling completely wrapped up in another person at the beginning of a relationship may be exciting and feel wonderful, it is the relationships that rely solely on passionate love that are doomed to fail,” says Marisa T. Cohen, PhD.

Cohen is an associate professor of psychology at St. Francis College in New York City and co-founder of the Self-Awareness and Bonding Lab, a research lab that focuses on relationships and social psychology.

“While a couple is experiencing passionate love, it is important to get to know one another on a deeper level, thereby building intimacy-filled companionate love,” Dr. Cohen advises.

“Being intensely drawn to a person can take you only so far if you don’t build a strong foundation for a long-term loving relationship.”

In layman’s terms: Stop f*cking for 5 minutes and get to know the person(s) in your bed.

“At the beginning of a relationship, when you are totally absorbed in your partner, you view the world through rose-tinted glasses,” Cohen says. And once those sexy spectacles come off, it can be a pretty jarring experience.

My wife and I went from long distance to living together after about 3 years of to-ing and fro-ing.

But the transition happened almost overnight. We went from an idyllic picture of the other person to… well, real life, with its warts and fights and farts and families and complications.

Suddenly, we had to consider my lackluster DIY skills (i.e. I bought a hammer once — that’s it), cleaning attempts, emotional difficulties, and shitty call center job.

And my wife – an extremely vivacious, loud person – suddenly went from a 4,000-mile (6,437-kilometer) comfort radius to one reaching a maximum of 66 feet (20 meters).

We watched the honeymoon period physically shrink away from us. Reality had set in.

Suddenly, we faced a relationship without space and with wedding planning, bills, pressures, and daily hang-ups that could escalate at the drop of a hat.

The love was ever-present (and still is), but we were being tested. We could live up to the exciting stuff, but could we face down the boring necessities — or intense life events — and stay intact?

Dr. Cohen calls the next stage of a relationship companionate love. I call it squad goal — forming a team that really looks out for one another and understands the dynamic.

“Passionate love is intense, and when reciprocated, is an exciting and wonderful experience,” Cohen says.

“Companionate love, on the other hand, is not as intense, but involves a sense of commitment and intimacy — think total self-disclosure, not necessarily sex. Having both present makes for a successful partnership.”

The “for better, for worse” in many marriage vows isn’t an empty platitude — you’re going to have to weather all kinds of shit together.

And if you’re friends-with-benefits rather than lifelong teammates, your relationship will have a shelf life.

As we navigate through the growing pains of the post-honeymoon plateau, we start to see our partner for who they really are rather than the fantasy we believed them to be. (Believe me, I am far more attractive from 4,000 miles away.)

We get used to, say, seeing them pee in the bathroom while you’re brushing your teeth.

But we also see their growth, the ways they stick up for you, the pep talks, the support through difficult times, and the development of their understanding around your own flaws.

And there’s a quiet glow of loveliness about those qualities in a relationship that surprise you in different ways than out-of-the-blue trips to Amsterdam or getting to be intimate after 3 months apart.

Still, that transition can be tough. But that’s fine.

If you’ve ever asked your partner’s (very traditional) parents for their hand in marriage in 100-degree Texas heat, you’ll know that people weather pretty much anything for those we truly love.

(If you haven’t, don’t. Poking bears is phenomenally stupid.)

It’s only after taking these knocks that we know the extent to which we love them.

Changing feelings are part of the puzzle.

Think of an impossible Super Mario level in which the platforms are constantly shifting and evolving. You both have to risk the jump to complete the level. And you might have to try it a few times.

Eventually, though, you’ll get to the next stage, more familiar with the mechanics. And (as any ’90s kid will happily tell you) it can be supremely frustrating. But you’ll be better at the game and more in sync with each other.

Pileggi Pawelski agrees, but in less pixelated terms.

“Love evolves from the early-honeymoon, passionate stage to more mature, companionate love,” Pileggi Pawelski says.

“We can’t expect to feel the same heightened positive emotions later on as we do in the early phases of a relationship.”

When the honeymoon inevitably ends and reality sets in, it doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with our relationship. It just means we have to work hard to make the next level a realistic prospect.

The honeymoon phase is great. But what comes after the honeymoon is arguably even better – transition included – and we can finally get comfortable in our relationship.

My wife and I are currently in this extended comfort zone, and I wouldn’t trade it for one more second of honeymoon time.

We’ve tasted a sizable chunk of life together, having traveled, dealt with tragedy, and moved around as a team.

And the more life we experience together, the deeper our bond grows, and the more comfort and security we feel.

Which is why we can shout the word “butthole” at each other for minutes at a time. And that, my friends, is squad goals — the companionate stage.

I no longer get palpitations every time she enters a room or dress to impress. Since COVID kicked in, we no longer even go out for meals.

But the Nic Cage pizza party at the very start should give some indication of the bond we have, and we can look at homes, starting a family, getting the wiener dog we always talked about as more than flights of fancy.

And there’s a consistent, warm sense of appreciation when she sits down for days at a time to make my website or plays a co-op campaign with me on Streets of Rage 4, even though I know she’d rather be watching Drag Race.

Or when she takes time to listen to me and help me feel better about myself in my darker moments. We know we’re doing life with someone who has our back.

“With familiarity, we get more comfortable with our partner and don’t feel that heightened sense of positive emotions and arousal,” Pileggi Pawelski suggests.

“Our love moves from the higher arousal emotions of interest, amusement, and joy into the calmer positive emotions of serenity, gratitude, inspiration, and awe.”

As we move from passionate to companionate love, “our levels of adrenaline, dopamine, and serotonin get back to their normal state,” Rowbotham says.

“They’re replaced by oxytocin, a hormone that’s released as a result of the physical closeness we experience with our partners.”

Oxytocin, the “hug hormone”, calms you down and makes you feel more connected to your partner.

According to one study, oxytocin can also make a person consider their relationship in a more positive light. Aguilar-Raab C, et al.(2019). Oxytocin modulates the cognitive appraisal of the own and others close intimate relationships. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6646594/

After 9 years together, it’s pretty safe to say that my wife and I have moved beyond that mawkish transition phase into something pretty wholesome and nourishing.

Although, as with any relationship, it’s not without its more abrasive moments.

The key is keeping that spark of excitement alive as we continue to deepen our bond — and that means continuing to invest in and work on our relationship.

“We can’t expect ‘happily ever after’ to just happen or to automatically experience the same burning desire that we may have felt at the beginning of the relationship,” Pileggi Pawelski says. “Research shows that healthy habits lead to long-term love.”

So what are some of those habits that can keep us romantically and sexually connected?

“Spend time together doing things you both enjoy, together and individually. Forgive each other by talking it out. And appreciate each other and show it,” Rowbotham says.

“Try your best to be curious about your partner — ask questions, actively listen, savor their personality, and treasure the small moments,” Pileggi Pawelski says.

According to Dr. Cohen, one of the keys to a happy and successful partnership is perceiving your partnership as happy and successful.

“Research has shown that couples in stable relationships tend to perceive that their love is growing over time,” Cohen says.

“People who experience problems, break up, or are heading toward breaking up perceive their love as declining over time.”

The way we experience love changes over time. I love my wife in a different way now than I did 9 years ago. That love will constantly transform and reshape itself over the next 10, 20, and 40 years. And I can’t wait.

Making a long-term relationship work involves dedication, sacrifice, and commitment — as well as affection for the other person and what they add to your world.

“A long-term, healthy relationship can offer a sense of security together, a deeper love and understanding of each other, less anxiety about the relationship overall, and a certain level of protectiveness toward each other,” Rowbotham says.

This applies whether you’re in a dyadic or polyamorous relationship – all relationships take hard work, effective communication, and quality time, whatever their nature.

But the rewards of a long-term connection are amazing. And I’ll take those over the honeymoon stage any day. Now back to our Nic Cage pizza party, before we were so rudely interrupted…

Adam Felman is an Editor for Medical News Today and Greatist. Outside of work, he is a hearing impaired musician, producer, and rapper who gigs globally. Adam also owns (almost) every Nic Cage movie and has a one-eyed hedgehog called Philip K. Prick.

How Love Changes: Four Stages in the Development of Feeling


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Every couple goes through these four stages: co-dependency, counter-dependence, independence and interdependence. It is hardly possible to skip any of them, since each stage helps us gradually adapt to life changes and requires the development of certain social skills.

Such a theory of "developmental systems" was proposed by the American practicing psychologists Berry and Janey Onehold*. Here are the criteria by which you can determine at what stage your couple is. nine0003

Stage 1. “We are one”

Signs of codependence

  • Blissful state of fusion, euphoria, joy. The partner does not want to change anything.
  • An obsessive desire to be constantly near the object of one's love. Partners are immersed in each other, the boundaries between them are blurred or completely absent.
  • Partners like the similarity between themselves. They ignore individual differences and avoid conflict. The manifestation of negative feelings, differences of opinion is seen as a danger. nine0016
  • Partners expect each other's guardianship, unconditional acceptance and compensation for the lack of heat.
  • Social life freezes. There are fewer external contacts with friends, relatives, colleagues.


  • Lack of freedom in the manifestation of true feelings and desires. Relationships are often built on duty, mutual manipulations (accusations, setting conditions, restrictions, prohibitions), which lead to control and submission and building relationships on the principle of "persecutor" - "victim". nine0016
  • Impossibility to imagine any other form of intimacy than merging due to imposed idealized attitudes and stereotypes. The lack of understanding that the merger at some point begins to slow down the natural desire for development.

If partners stay too long at this stage, their relationship becomes destructive. One or both partners lose the ability to be separate individuals, become helpless and dependent on the other. At the same time, once you get tired of adapting and giving in. In merging, it suddenly becomes cramped, uncomfortable, uncomfortable. nine0003

Stage 2. “I want to be myself”

Signs of counterdependence

  • Partners distance themselves, separate from each other. They no longer strive to live "one life for two." At this stage, the development of one's "I" is more important than the development of relationships. Each builds its activities separately from the other. There is access to your true feelings, desires and the need for self-disclosure.
  • Interest in oneself and life outside the couple returns. Each of the partners has a growing level of self-awareness and self-respect. Relationships with friends are restored, contacts with other people are expanding. nine0016
  • There is a release from illusions, the connection with reality increases. Partners stop idealizing each other.


  • Partners may temporarily lose their sensual attachment to each other, responsiveness. They can behave completely egocentric and compete with each other.
  • Partners have less compassion and empathy for each other. Quarrels and threats of separation can become commonplace. Everyone in a couple is trying to achieve their goal through illegal actions - indirect, hidden, manipulative. nine0016
  • The language of feelings and requests is not yet developed. Manipulative actions also concern children: sorting out relationships through them, pulling children to their side (there is no healthy attitude that marriage is primarily a husband and wife, children are, in a sense, guests in the lives of partners). High risk of separation.

Stage 3. “You are You”

Signs of independence and comfortable intimacy

  • Each partner has asserted himself, gained confidence in his individuality. In relationships, there is again a place for responsiveness and empathy. nine0016
  • Negotiations are easier and faster as partners learn the skills to reach agreements and resolve conflicts.
  • The ability to regulate the distance, to set a comfortable level of closeness, to approach and move away easily, without getting stuck on any of the poles.
  • Partners tell the truth at any time about their feelings and desires (openness and honesty are a sign of a healthy personality). They communicate their worldview to each other, but do not require the partner to accept their value system. nine0016
  • Periods of closeness alternate with distance, which is necessary to restore independence. Already with experience, partners know that excessive independence is just as dangerous as excessive intimacy. There is a process of establishing true intimacy.


  • One of the partners can fall in love, which will cause the other anxiety, jealousy, fear of loss.
  • There may be a need for a new contractual form of relationship (weekend marriage, polyamory with or without cohabitation), which can be frightening for one or both partners due to lack of guidance and scripts, and fear of judgment. nine0016

Stage 4. "Me and Us"

Signs of interdependence and partnership

  • Two mature individuals who have successfully found themselves in life are firmly on their feet (financially and emotionally). Relationships are based on equal access to all resources - no one serves anyone. Partners are equal in rights, opportunities, responsibility and freedom of choice.
  • Satisfaction of needs occurs through the pronunciation of feelings.
  • There is no clear division of roles into male and female. nine0016
  • There is unity while maintaining individuality. Differences become a resource, an opportunity to become even closer, and not a reason for attacks, open or covert aggression.
  • At the level of attitudes and beliefs, partners have a new, non-idealized understanding of love and intimacy, which includes both ups and downs, both unity and autonomy. This is a strong connection, long, stable and viable, a reliable attachment that satisfies everyone.


  • The "chemistry" of attachment can suppress the "chemistry" of love and passion. Perhaps the extinction of sexual interest in each other.
  • Everyone, regardless of sex or gender, is responsible for the financial and emotional well-being of the union. Both partners work and earn. This can be frightening for people who unconsciously seek to satisfy needs at the expense of another.

* Berry K. Weinhold, Janey B. Weinhold are the authors of the book Flight from Proximity. Ridding your relationship of counter-dependency, the other side of codependency” (Ves, 2014). nine0110

Gestalt therapist, systemic family therapist, supervisor, author of More than Two. Polyamory, open relationships, alternative love”

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That's how it works: you got married after a short stormy romance with fantastic sex, you got a Labrador, bought a house, mom and dad are throwing money in, you are not in a hurry with children because you are going to live for yourself. What do you know about your husband? What will it be like if there are suddenly no funds? Why are you sure he doesn't have a mistress? Is he not like that? People change, with age, and you will begin to treat change more calmly. He returned, so he loves. Well, with whom it doesn’t happen, you think, stirring the borscht. You can crack it with a girlfriend: “I will never forgive this!” And only at the moment when a bad guilty husband and emptiness are on the scales (read: a painful search for a new partner), you, of course, will call him back. And this will be the same compromise in the name of the norm, which, alas, does not make anyone happier and, probably, with a bad and unexpected end. nine0003

My friend is a man of rare spiritual qualities. Smart Good by yourself. With a confident, say, social package - cars, apartments, watches... What else is there? For twelve years he lives with a woman whom he never really loved. I started dating her at the institute, because "the previous one was terrible." Ten years later, he married because "she was worried." He considered love a factor of global instability, so he did not go beyond quick sex with former secretaries. How was his family different from the usual? Nothing. There was no closeness and chatter before going to bed. General life, general holidays. And then he met his Natasha. He stopped sleeping, was late for meetings, was extremely agitated, happy and unhappy. Gathering the remnants of his mind, he realized that missing this woman was like flushing his life down the toilet. He hid the presence of Natasha at home. He said that he did not feel guilty, because nothing connects him with his wife, only everyday life, and here is love and real life. I did not want to get a divorce, I was afraid of tears and conversations. But when Natasha got pregnant, he quietly took the toothbrush and left. But this story is not about him, but about his wife. She was beside herself. Offended, humiliated and, most importantly, in complete shock. How so? 12 years together, and still it was good! She could not even think that something did not suit him. Yes, he himself did not know about it until he saw how it happens. Trying to explain the reasons for his departure, my suddenly enlightened friend spoke about happiness - with a common cause, common friends, theaters and cinema, predicted that she would soon find a real life. His wife looked at him like he was an idiot and did not understand what he was talking about. Although you and I understand perfectly well what is the matter here, right? nine0003

The ex-wife of billionaire Vladimir Potanin, Natalya, lived with him for more than 30 years. She was everywhere and always near the final school exams, bore him three children. One fine day, he rudely kicked him out of the house, leaving him without a penny of money. They did not have a marriage contract - they were used to trusting each other. “The divorce proposal came as a shock to me. I still don't know why this happened. I woke up with a complete stranger!” - we read in GQ with horror and bewilderment. nine0003

The noisiest premiere of 2014 is Gone Girl by David Fincher. Do you really think that everyone left the hall in such shock just because Rosamund Pike so gracefully doused someone else's blood during sex? Amy and Nick are two strangers in the same bed. And neither the film nor the marriage ends in divorce - after many years together, they finally get to know each other: a cheating liar and a psychopathic killer are happy together.

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