Here's a quick rundown of what didn't make this week's Celebrity Love Blog but is just too juicy to miss. Javier Bardem drops to one knee, Katy Perry wants a ring and more celebrities adopt.
Ryan O'Neal told People magazine late last week that friends and family were gathering to say their goodbyes to his partner of almost 30 years, Farrah Fawcett, as her three-year battle with cancer appears to be near its end. The love story of the Charlie's Angel pinup and Oscar nominee O'Neal has been an epic one, spanning decades, producing a son, and earning comparison to other long-term unmarried celeb couples, like Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon, and Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell. "It's a love story," O'Neal said. "I just don't know how to play this one. I won't know this world without her."
In the months after divorcing my wife, my weeks were bifurcated. Half the week, I was a single father working hard to provide a stable home for my children in the midst of an unstable time. The other half I was a man on his own trying to navigate dating for the first time in my life. Prior to being married, relationships had grown organically out of friendships rather than being the result of formal dates with women I'd met online. Just as I was becoming more comfortable with my new life, I discovered that what I thought to be a hemorrhoid was actually a tumor in my rectum. Luckily there was good hope for a cure, but the treatment would be painful, last nearly a year and leave me with a permanent colostomy.
Last week, a penile fracture was featured during prime time television, so it comes as no surprise that your man may already be scared to death about doing the deed. If you can't drag him into bed now–and you can thank Dr. McSteamy, or better yet, Little Grey–this news certainly won't redeem your sex life: recent research from Nottingham University shows that men might have even more cause for concern when it comes to safety and sex, or at least sex drive. A retrospective study of the sex and masturbation habits of 800 men has linked frequent sexual activity to increased risk of developing cancer.
A recent Jezebel post about "One Ball Wonders" like Lance Armstrong and Tom Green made me remember a story: About two years ago, when I was working as a factchecker at Radar magazine, one of my oldest friends from back home IMed me to share some terrible news. He had cancer, testicular cancer, and he was going to have surgery to take one of his testicles out. In the weeks that followed, I tried to be as supportive as I could. My friend volleyed back and forth from not wanting to talk about it at all, to asking me if I still thought women would still want to hook up with him if he only had one testicle. Honestly, I discovered it's difficult to find the right words to say in this situation. Of course, since he's one of my oldest friends, I wanted to be totally honest: any woman worth his time wouldn't give a shit, but some women might find only one ball, and the very fact he was a cancer survivor, off-putting. Nevertheless, I'm sure I pointed out that Lance Armstrong still seem to score with women.
Americans may be cutting corners these days but it seems they’re saving plenty of pocket change for love. In uncertain economic times, reports Market Watch, online dating sites thrive. Granted, the stats come from online-dating site Perfectmatch.com, which reports a 47% spike in members over the last quarter. An exception to rule? British men. 90% of 'em said they would give up on their romantic relationship to save money, according to a Skipton Building Society study reported by Debt Management Today. A YouGov study reported that 47% of 2,400 British adults said they would spend more money if they were in a relationship. Money issues aside, it seemingly pays to be in a relationship. Reuters reports that physical affection may serve as a buffer against work stress. Findings of the journal Psychosomatic Medicine has found that intimacy –be it holding hands or sexual intercourse- decreases levels of the stress hormone, cortisol. Never mind stress. A Reverend at a Grapevine-based Fellowship Church is challenging married couples to have sex –which he compares to Super Glue- every day for a week, according The Dallas Morning News.
Since obtaining FDA approval in 1960, the Pill's been blamed for various maladies, such as divorce, cancer, and behavior changes, yet it remains the leading contraceptive for women in the US. According to the Guttmacher Institute, an independent sexual health and reproduction policy group, 31 percent of women of child-bearing age who use contraception are on the birth control pill, under the watchful eye of doctors, pharmacists, partners, spiritual leaders and the media. Recently, the Pill's been receiving an extra bad name, and as other methods of birth control gain popularity, we decided to set the record straight.
Women are plagued by physical imperfections or a negative body image that go virtually unnoticed by the object of their affection. Is it possible for us to find beauty in our flaws? "Many women swagger confidently through business meetings and cocktail parties. But once they shed the armor of Diane von Furstenberg and True Religion they become flustered schoolgirls, ashamed of everything from scars and birthmarks to stretch marks and small breasts. n an age when many women yearn for the airbrushed perfection of Beyoncé and Jennifer Aniston, it's easy to assume that men do, too."
"Bruce would not want us to wallow in our grief, and I always hear him … His voice is always there saying, 'Get on with it.' There was a saying that I loved, and that he loved, by Robert Frost: 'In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.'" Actress Blythe Danner publicly discusses the loss of her husband Bruce for the first time.