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Does Your Family's Approval of Your Relationships Matter?


In an interview with the Guardian, Jake Gyllenhaal said women have to meet sister Maggie Gyllenhaal's approval for a relationship to work.

I am inherently a little brother — that's just my nature. It has to do with my sister being very strong and wanting to protect me. It's the natural order of things. That's the way my sister feels about me in every aspect of my life — my work, my relationships. Women have to pass her test. That's very hard for girlfriends.

What he's trying to say, I think, is Taylor Swift got his sister's A-OK when he brought her home for Thanksgiving, so the rest of the world should lay off. But we're all about ourselves here — do you need your family's approval for a relationship to work?

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amber512 amber512 5 years
I think this is only a problem if you actually get along with your family and care what they think about ANYTHING.
totygoliguez totygoliguez 5 years
The approval of my mom does matter because she is highly reasonable. She always says that just because she doesn't like someone doesn't mean the person is bad. So in that sense yes, I do seek her support. But other member of my family are very irrational and just don't like anybody. So in that sense I just don't introduce them to him. My moms approval is the only one I need.
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 5 years
Ditto, Pistil. The approval of my family matters because they're very reasonable, intelligent, and caring people... I cannot imagine a single case where their disapproval would be without merit.
Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 5 years
If my twin bro and my dog like him, he's a good guy.
Pistil Pistil 5 years
I think the people who matter most to me are reasonable, and if they really expressed disapproval of any relationship they'd probably have a good reason to.
shreerose shreerose 5 years
It would be very hard for me to date someone that my family didn't like. I always figured that it would be hard for anyone to be in a relationship with somebody that their family doesn't like. Unless, of course, you don't get along that well with them.
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