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How Chelsea Clinton Met Fiance Marc Mezvinsky

The Benefits of Being Friends First

When Chelsea Clinton marries fiancé Marc Mezvinsky on July 31, they'll have known each other for 14 years.

The couple met at a retreat for young Democrats when she was 16 and he was 18, and their paths crossed again at Stanford, where they both majored in history. But it wasn't until after college, in 2005, that things took a romantic turn.

Knowing and liking each other, before trying to sleep together, can go a long way. Almost anyone can play the part for six months or so, but having any kind of history will make you less likely to be blindsided by money problems, a destructive temper, or a wife in Toronto.


It's like making an informed purchase. The more you know about each other, the more sure you are. And that's always better.

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snarkypants snarkypants 7 years
every man who sees me instantly falls in love with me and wants to sleep with me. therefore, i walk around in a bubble to ensure that no penetration occurs.
Vanonymous Vanonymous 7 years
My situation was similar to Starbucks'. My boyfriend and I were friends for years before dating. We weren't super close, but we would hang out in groups and once in a while alone just because no one else was around to hang out. We were both in other relationships during this time. His relationship ended, a few months later mine did too... and we started hanging out more than before. Things just sort of happened. 5 1/2 years later we're still together. He is my best friend and I think our relationship is as great as it is because we knew eachother's quirks and flaws before things got romantic.
starbucks2 starbucks2 7 years
We knew each other before we became a couple but I wouldn't have called us friends. We were both very attracted to each other at the time but were both in relationships. That way we know we're both not the cheating kind. Both our relationships ended and some time later we met again
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 7 years
I think being friends first is the best thing. It's always been successful for me. Sometimes, I guess the transition from friend to romance can be a little awkward, but for the most part it has always been much better than going into something with someone you don't know.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
Truthfully, I've never been friends with the men I had relationships with. It never worked out that way with me. Generally, men approached me because they were interested in me romantically. I was not the gal pal type. I was the girlfriend type. Incidentally, I always took dating slow, even though there were romantic intentions. Physical intimacy took me a long time to share, so I guess in some levels, we were like friends when were dating. :)
esmerb esmerb 7 years
My best relationships have been with men I have been friends with first. The only hard thing is losing your friend if the relationship does not work, though
Chrstne Chrstne 7 years
I knew of my SO before we started dating, but we didn't talk much and we weren't friends. From what I knew about him, and from the times we did talk, I knew we were pretty much exactly alike. The day we officially started talking/trying to become friends, he also became my boyfriend. No problems so far, for the few years we have been together. He's my best friend, and he became my friend after we were already dating. I can see the benefit of being friends with someone first, but I enjoyed our "I barely know you, but I love you" beginning of our relationship.
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