An article in the Toronto Star has warned those currently in relationships that January is known by some therapists, sociologists, and relationship advisers as the break-up month. Apparently, January is a time when many couples end their relationships. It is seen as a "new start" time, just before the lovey-dovey Valentine's Day romances. If you have found yourself the victim of a January break-up, note that you aren't alone. From the article:
The season of heartbreak affects the ordinary and the famous. Brad and Jen dropped the bombshell of their breakup last January. Ben Affleck saw two very public relationships go south after the holidays — with Gwyneth Paltrow in January 1999 and Jennifer Lopez at the dawn of 2004. Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman ended their relationship a week before Valentine's Day in 2001, then Cruise broke up with Penelope Cruz in January 2004. Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger? Splitsville in January.
Jamie Braman, executive director of Maryland's Upscale Singles, a group for single professionals over 30, says her membership always spikes at the beginning of the year. Men in particular, she says, have told her they're loath to break up over the holidays, "because this way they have a guarantee of a date and things to do over the holidays. They break up after New Year's and before Valentine's Day, because there's no way they're going to sit there at Valentine's Day and buy a gift and pretend they're into this person."
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