More couples will opt for living separately in a few years, says relationship expert

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Grimes recently made headlines when she opened up about her unconventional living arrangement with Elon Musk. In an interview with Vanity Fair published earlier in the month, the musician revealed that she and the billionaire entrepreneur "live in separate houses" and have a very "fluid" relationship.

Since then, she announced that she broke up with the Tesla chief after dating for more than 3 years. The duo share two children.

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Relationship expert Tina Wilson predicts that celebrities won't be the only ones trying out "living separately" in the coming years.

"Very few couples can afford to live in separate houses, but there is an increasing trend in couples living separately. Factors for this include working in different locations, job types and hours."

The founder of the Wingman dating app further says some individuals benefit from having their own dedicated rooms where they can feel a sense of freedom.

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In recent months W24 featured a story about a couple whose marriage had been saved by distance during the pandemic. It had been over six months of living separately, and the arrangement worked perfectly for them.

The wife said: "But we still see each other often. He comes over for dinner twice a week, and I go to his place twice a week. We even have date nights - it could be a movie, candlelight dinner or just a games night.

"It's made our relationship so much better and stronger. There's also a sense of preciousness to our time - it's dedicated time where we're together, and we honour that."

She went on to say that when you live with someone 24/7, it's a lot easier to take that person for granted and stay glued to the TV but living separately has made us appreciate the things they took for granted.

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"Some couples find great benefits in carving out separate spaces for the relationship. Even if you live together, everyone needs their own space, and it does not mean you need to live in two houses, even if some couples decide to," Tina says.

This can also avert rows over each other's bad habits. Tina says many couples are equally independent now, and living apart can, in some cases, strengthen the relationship because quality time together increases.

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