Behind the designer dresses and seven-figure paychecks, college-aged celebs are just like us. They're struggling to figure out the whole dating game, too. What did he mean when he said...? Is this the right time to hook up? But unlike us, they have a slew of paparazzi documenting their every move. When they hit rough spots in their relationships, everyone with an Internet connection knows about it instantly. But sometimes, despite all of the pressure, celebs get it so, so right. We rounded up the best love lessons you can learn from celebrities our age and translated them to fit the collegiette lifestyle. From Justin and Selena to Taylor Swift and, well, everyone, here's what you need to know about dating in college:
Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez: Turn up the romance!
Justin may be just 18, but he knows a thing or two about romance. He's a fan of grand, romantic gestures that show Selena just how much he loves her. He's rented out an entire stadium for a candle-lit dinner and a movie, planned date night high in the sky in a private helicopter, and even wrote a song for her. Best boyfriend ever, right?!
After that initial puppy love, can't-stop-making-out-at-all-times phase begins to fade, it can be tough to avoid slipping into a dull routine. Do you think Justin and Selena watch The Office re-runs every night? (Doubtful.) A sweet gesture can go a long way towards boosting your relationship, but you don't need a pop star's budget to pull it off. Try surprising your boyfriend with a mystery date, getting off campus for a night in the “real world,” or sending flirty texts throughout the day.
Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth: Block out negative comments.
Miley and Liam (19 and 22, respectively) faced criticism when they announced their engagement last month, but they didn't let judgmental comments weigh them down. Miley stayed positive and tweeted, “Thank you for all the love today :) I'm happy to share this news with you all. I feel like my dreams are coming true.”
No matter what your relationship status, friends and family are bound to offer up their two cents. Whether they're dissing the boy of your dreams or constantly asking why you're still single, it can be tough to hear so many negative voices. Borrow some of Miley and Liam's bliss and choose to focus on the positive. Are you the first one up to do the Single Ladies dance (with all the choreography memorized)? Awesome. Are you happy and healthy in your relationship? Great! Your approval is the only approval you need.