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TV Show ‘Say Yes to the Dress’ gets its first ‘throuple’

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The happy threesome…

After all, #LoveisLove.

From NY Post: TLC’s “Say Yes to the Dress” has seen its share of unconventional brides in its 15 seasons, but a woman appearing on Saturday’s episode may take the cake: she’s part of the show’s first “throuple.”

The appointment starts out benignly enough, when the bride to be, Jennifer, comes into Kleinfeld looking for a traditional, classy wedding gown with an A-line silhouette for under $3,000. But as seen in this exclusive clip, consultant Debbie is gobsmacked when she learns that the groom, Peter, is already married to another woman, Ellen (who has also come along to the appointment).

“I’m sorry, this is really something really, really new to me,” Debbie confesses. Jennifer explains to her that Peter told her he wanted to marry her — and that he already had a wife — when they first met, and that jealously hasn’t been a big issue in their relationship because they’ve always been on the same page.

“Truly I love both women — you need to make sure they’re cared for equally and feel that they’re appreciated and paid attention to equally,” Peter says, before cracking, “Happy wife, happy life.”

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A third of American millennials live with their parents, US Census report finds

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From Fox News: Most U.S. millennials believe that education and economic security are key for becoming an adult. But fewer than half are achieving those goals, according to a study released this week by the U.S. Census Bureau, which determined that more than one third of American millennials still live with their parents.

The report, entitled “The Changing Economics and Demographics of Young Adulthood: 1975-2016,” focuses on the shift in attitude and belief of today’s millennials versus their counterparts four decade ago. This report marks one of the first times the Census Bureau has paired economic and demographic data with social surveys.  The report looks at a “snapshot” of the young adult population, defined by the Census Bureau as those between the ages of 18 and 34 years old.

According to the report, more young people today live in their parents’ home than in any other living arrangement. One in three young adults, or about 24 million, lived in their parents’ homes in 2015, with the highest percentage in the nation occurring in three northeastern states: About 47 percent in New Jersey; about 42 percent in Connecticut; and about 41 percent in New York.

“Living arrangements are tied with economic characteristics, which is why we looked at the numbers by state and region,” Jonathan Vespa, the author of the report, told Fox News. “We know that there is not one national trend. The numbers vary by state.”

Vespa said one of the biggest trends in his findings was the attitude that young adults have about adulthood. “There is a big difference in what today’s young Americans believe,” Vespa said.

Most millennials believe finishing college and being employed full-time are accomplishments that are “extremely important” to be considered an adult, while parenthood and marriage are somewhat put on the back burner, with millennials today ranking those milestones as “not very important.” The data correlated with the rise in student loan debt for young families. In 2013, 41 percent of young families had student debt, compared to 17 percent in 1989.

“But several young adults are missing the bar and have not yet accomplished what they want to by the age they believe they should,” Vespa said. “The ideal age most Americans believe they should be financially independent from their parents is 21, but only 28.9 percent are actually reaching that goal.”

The report looks at the “ideal age” for millennials to four goals: concluding formal schooling; becoming employed full-time, becoming financially independent and moving out of their parents’ homes. While those goals are set for the age of 25 or younger, less than half of millennials are actually reaching that goal for each category.

“In 1975, there was one predominant adult milestone — family formation — that people largely experienced during their 20s. Today, while the milestone has remained the same, the pathways are more diverse,” the report reads. “That young people wait to settle down and start families tells us about their behavior, but not how they feel about their experiences.”

The report concludes that most American millennials believe that education and financial independence should happen before marriage. The report calls marriage a “capstone experience,” meaning that it comes after young people feel financially secure. Vespa said that only 12 percent of millennials think that marriage is an “extremely important” part of being an adult.

While young people are delaying marriage, most still, eventually, tie the knot. In the 1970s, eight in 10 Americans were married by the time they turned 30; now eight in 10 millennials are married by the time they turn 45.

The report determined that there was a “complexity” for millennials. “Taken together, the changing demographic and economic experiences of young adults reveal a period of adult-hood that has crown more complex since 1975,” the report says. “A period of changing roles and new transitions as young people redefine what it means to become young adults.”

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After 58 years of marriage, high school sweethearts die holding hands

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Ora Lee and George Rodriguez

From Fox News:  This is the story of two high school sweethearts who left the world the same way they lived in it: together.  It is a love story that spans nearly six decades.

“I just can’t believe something like this would ever happen, you hear this on the movies … like ‘The Notebook’,” said Corina Martinez, one of their three daughters.

George and Ora Lee Rodriguez celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary on June 1st. The two met in San Antonio, and it was a love that never faded.

“He was working as a butcher, at Tony’s meat market on Culebra,” Martinez said. “He met her there.” George became a Marine and married her sweetheart after serving.

Eventually both developed dementia and a few months ago George suffered a stroke. “They were both here, we had them here at the house, in their hospital beds, right beside each other, they were holding hands,” said Martinez.

On Tuesday, George passed away in his sleep. Just three hours later Ora Lee passed as well, surrounded by their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

“My mother would always say that she was going to take my father or vice versa, and it did happen, we didn’t think it would, but it did,” said Georgia Perez, another daughter.

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World War II Lovebirds Celebrate 70th Wedding Anniversary: ‘They’ve Stuck Together Through Thick and Thin’

Conway's wedding portrait/Photo courtesy of Eileen Kotarski

Conway’s wedding portrait/Photo courtesy of Eileen Kotarski

From People Magazine: Their love story spans decades. Seventy years ago, Francis Conway, then 24, proposed to Marcella McAllister, then 23, in a letter from overseas – the Army soldier was stationed in Japan during World War II and “couldn’t wait” until he got home. The couple, who married on January 5, 1946, celebrated their 70th anniversary in Batavia, New York, on January 2 in a ceremony put on by their children.

“They are as in love as they were when they first got married,” Francis, 94, and Marcella’s eldest daughter, Eileen Kotarski, 69, tells PEOPLE. “You can tell by the way they look at each other and the way she smiles at him.”

Kotarski says there were 80 family members in attendance for the heartwarming anniversary celebration, including seven of Marcella, 93, and Francis’s nine children, 20 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren.

Kotarski says her mother and father, both in wheelchairs, still love teasing each other.

Photo courtesy of Eileen Kortaski

Photo courtesy of Eileen Kortaski

“We asked mom and dad if they knew why we were celebrating and my mom said, ‘An anniversary!’ and then dad winked at her and goes ‘Whose?’ ” Kotarski says with a laugh. “It’s adorable, you can tell they are still so happy with each other.”

The longtime lovebirds reside in the New York State Veterans Home in Batavia and are “completely happy and content with each other.” “They’ve stuck together through thick and thin,” their daughter says. “And they always will.”

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As predicted: The ‘world’s first’ homosexual married ‘throuple’

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NY Post: It was a case of “I do” times three. A trio of gay homosexual men from Thailand got married on Valentine’s Day in Uthai Thani Province, Thailand, according to Caters News Agency.

Joke, 29, Bell, 21, and Art, 26, are thought to be the world’s first gay homosexual threesome to get hitched.

The happy “throuple” have become Internet famous, as photos from the “happiest day of their lives” quickly went viral and Thai media outlets shared their unusual love story.

threesome gay2“I think we are first three-way same-sex males to have a wedding — possibly in the world,” said Bell. “Some people may not agree and are probably amazed by our decision, but we believe many people do understand and accept our choice. Love is love, after all.”

While Thai law does not recognize same-sex marriages, the trio threw a symbolic ceremony under Buddhist law.

Art and Joke met each other through mutual business and started dating after they worked together in 2010. Meanwhile, Bell was studying management at Phitsanuloke University and would attend the same parties as the couple. He soon realized he was developing feelings for them.

But it was not until Bell was hospitalized with a congenital disease that the three men became so close, eventually floating the idea of a marriage.

While the proposal was unconventional, Bell did have one traditional stipulation: Art and Joke had to ask his parents for his hand in marriage. “It might seem strange to some, but many people understand our bond and the reasons we got married,” said Art.

Thailand is considered more tolerant than many other Asian countries when it comes to LGBTQ rights, and the married trio says that helped give them the confidence to come out. “Now Thai society has a better understanding of sexual orientation as many same-sex weddings appear on TV, newspapers and social media, we feel more accepted,” said Joke.

Just last year, a married lesbian throuple from Massachusetts shared their story and were expecting their first child.

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You might ask how their marriage could affect mine? Or what’s the harm with what people do in the privacy of their bedroom?

Ask yourself how changing the definition would change the social institution of marriage. And how does this affect children (see link to study below)?

And if you believe that #loveislove, do you discriminate against two (or three or four, etc.) relatives that choose to marry?

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My husband was no match for the fantasy hunk in my erotic novels… so I’ve ditched him

The single author..

The single author..

DailyMail: Her steamy, bestselling novels and strong male characters have seduced hundreds of thousands of female readers worldwide. But Jodi Ellen Malpas has revealed she has split from her own Mr. Right – because he no longer lives up to the fantasy she created. The 34-year-old, whose This Man trilogy has sold more than 500,000 copies, has left her husband of ten years after ‘falling in love’ with one of her characters.

Ms. Malpas, from Northampton, says: ‘All my fictional men are strong, successful, sophisticated and enigmatic. I guess it’s hard for any living, breathing man to live up to such a fantasy. ‘In This Man I created Jesse Ward, whose forceful personality was appealing to me. There is no denying I fell in love with him. After all, I created him and I made him the way he is for a reason. Every woman needs some fantasy lover to spice up the dull reality of her real life. I wanted to create my perfect love story.’

But the success of my books and the popularity of my male character led to the breakdown of my marriage. Sadly it was not solid enough to withstand the changes success has brought to my life.’

The mother of two, whom many believe is the new E. L. James, the housewife who wrote the Fifty Shades Of Grey trilogy, became a self-publishing sensation last year, swiftly rising to the top of the New York Times Best Seller List.

The This Man trilogy explores the love affair between young interior designer Ava O’Shea and playboy Jesse Ward. The second part of her new trilogy, One Night, has just been published by Orion.

‘I was 23 when Aaron and I got married, so we were both very young,’ she says. ‘I didn’t really know who I was. I got on with being a wife and mother.’

But over time I started to feel that something was missing – my normal everyday life had become a routine. I was bored. I guess that is what couples mean when they say they’ve grown apart. Aaron couldn’t understand why I wanted to write my fiction and I couldn’t understand why he didn’t understand.’

The couple have two children, Alfie, 14, and Patrick, ten. But although they divorced in August last year, Ms. Malpas says their relationship remains amicable. She is currently single and insists that she has no time to get involved in a relationship.

‘My children and my writing are enough for the moment,’ she adds. ‘In any case, I suspect some men might be a little intimidated by my independence and my success.’

And she insists she has no regrets. ‘It’s been crazy, but I’m loving the stronger more liberated me,’ she says.

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Wife abandons her husband and 12 children to run off with young lover

The good mum, doing what's best for her, um the children...

The good mum, doing what’s best for her, um the children…

DailyMail: When a mother of 12 did the unthinkable and abandoned her brood of 12 children to start a new life with her toyboy lover she was branded “despicable” by her ex husband.

Tabitha Nimes, 39, from Rhyl, North Wales, only sees her children once every six weeks since leaving them for a new life, having moved hundreds of miles away to Southampton to live with Colt Nimes, 32, who she has since married.

Her ex husband Peter Saunders, 47, was devastated by the breakdown of the marriage and left to care for the family alone but Tabitha insists that her children, the youngest of which is just 19 months, are better off without her and in a new interview has hit back at her critics.

In this week’s Closer magazine, Tabitha opens up for the first time about her shocking decision.

“I know everybody thinks I’m an awful mum but I walked out because Pete and I were arguing all the time; it wasn’t good for the children and it made them upset. Pete’s a good dad, they’re better off without me.”

“I was suffering from post-natal depression and had to get away. I know the little ones sometimes want their mum, but they seem to be getting on well. I want to see them more, but I don’t want to cause any more family arguments.”

“I wanted to lock myself away, but when I tried to tell Peter I wasn’t coping, he didn’t understand. I felt he was controlling. The relationship gradually broke down, and we started arguing about everything.”

I’m trying to do what’s best for them, while living my own life, too. I’m with Colt now and I love him.”

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Tabitha walked out on her children: Rhiannon, 18, Ben, 16, Jack, 14, Josh 13, Adam, 12, Blake 10, Rhys, nine, Lillie, seven, Peter Jnr, six, Aston, three, and Beth, 19 months and her son Matthew, 22, from a previous relationship, when Beth was just 12 weeks old.

“I didn’t want to go through a custody battle. I decided I needed a clean break and felt it was best for them too.

She soon began a relationship with Colt who she had kept in touch with after meeting in 2012 while doing some security work. “We started speaking on the phone,” she says. “He listened to me. We met up in Hastings and, shortly afterwards, shared our first kiss.”

The good mum and her new husband

The good mum and her new husband

Tabitha has now married Cole, who works as a security guard, ending her 18 year marriage to Peter, and rarely sees her children. “I miss the kids so much and felt so sad on Christmas Day, but I couldn’t face seeing Peter because I knew it would be difficult. The older kids were angry with me for leaving, too, and I didn’t want an argument. I sent cards and got the youngest two a new playmat, and sent money for the others. For their birthdays I send cards and money. I used to speak to them every day, but now it’s more like once a week.”

“Sometimes I think I’m a bad mum, but I wouldn’t change what I’ve done. I know my older kids are angry with me, but I love them all to pieces, even though I sometimes struggle to show it. I did this for them as well as for myself. I just hope they understand one day.”

Mrs. Nimes’ ex husband, Peter, a convicted drug dealer, discovered his wife had been cheating on him after finding text messages on her phone.

Initially, Mrs. Nimes took the two youngest children – Beth and Aston – with her, but they were returned to their father after she failed to attend a court hearing.

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