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She loves me, she loves me not

UNREQUITED LOVE MAY BE PAINFUL BUT IT CAN TEACH US SOME IMPORTANT LESSONS, SAYS CHARLOTTE DINGLE

Unrequited love. It can be excruciating… but it doesn’t always end in disaster and can teach us some important lessons. I should know. Since I saw my first crush singing onstage in a school talent show 18 years ago, I have – for whatever reason – made a habit of getting hot and bothered over people I can’t have. And I’m certainly not alone.

Amy, 19, was captivated by her best friend. “Sally befriended another girl, Natalie, and the three of us hung out together – but eventually Sally drifted away from us,” she tells DIVA. “So it was just me and Natalie left.” Amy unexpectedly ended up spellbound by Natalie. “She was so cute and smiley,” she says. “But every boy fancied her. I would always get them asking me who she liked and if they should ask her out and in my head I was like, ‘No, she’s mine!’ Anyway, I broke up with my boyfriend and realised that I was bisexual and saw women the same way I saw men. Natalie became a part of me. She was my best friend, and my family.”

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Our September issue cover star is chat show host Ellen DeGeneres Also in this issue Jack Monroe: My crowdfunding success story PLUS a tasty new recipe Phyll Opoku-Gyimah: Why we must support #BlackLivesMatter Vicky Beeching: How to survive the toughest of times Heather Peace shares her tips on preparing for parenthood Eleanor Margolis on why there’s nothing more lesbian than a boy crush Jay Bernard on the inspirational Sisters Uncut Why are 73% of lesbian and bi women still not fully out at work? Gemma Whelan: the Game of Thrones star on why she loves kissing women Hope Powell: Changing the game for women’s football Mrs & Mrs Spraggan: Lucy and Georgina share their wedding day with us Sophie Ward interviews Liz Carr on her new musical Plus all the very best in life, scene, books, film, music and TV.
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