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How 3 Couples Redefined Their Relationships During the Pandemic

How 3 Couples Redefined Their Relationships During the Pandemic

At a time when remaining distant from others is actually encouraged by health professionals, the notion of relationships as we once knew them might feel, well, like a thing of the pre-COVID past. But I’m thrilled to report that love is still alive; like so many other essential things in our world, it simply looks a little different. I spoke with three couples who have rewritten the terms and conditions of their relationship due to the pandemic—whether staying strong amid separation, safely meeting IRL, or coming forward with feelings drawn to the surface by global uncertainty. Below, they explain how they arrived to where they are now, both physically and emotionally. (They also give some pretty great advice along the way.)


“I can’t show him that I love him by cooking him dinner, or touching his arm, or touching his back.”

Kate, 26, and Albert, 31, moved out of their shared apartment in Boston and in with their mothers, sending Kate to New York City and Albert to Caguas, Puerto Rico.

On their first date

Kate: We had a totally classic millennial meeting on Tinder, in the spring of 2017. It was a Wednesday. The day of, at 3 or 4 p.m., I hadn’t heard anything from him, but I hadn’t texted him either. And I was like, “Ugh, I don’t know if I want to go on this date.” Then I texted him at 5—we were supposed to meet at 5:30—and was like, “Are we still on for this…

How 3 Couples Redefined Their Relationships During the Pandemic – Repeller

At a time when remaining distant from others is actually encouraged by health professionals, the notion of relationships as we once knew them might feel, well, like a thing of the pre-COVID past. But I’m thrilled to report that love is still alive; like so many other essential things in our world, it simply looks a little different.



How 3 Couples Redefined Their Relationships During the Pandemic

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