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J Lo and Ben Affleck know boundaries are key to ever-lasting love - if only my husband had some

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22.09.2021

I saw the news – or should I say “news” – this week that Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez, everyone’s favourite back-together couple since Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, don’t follow each other on Instagram. I instantly thought: “I know what you are doing.”

What I believe they are doing is trying to do a thing that I have been trying to do with my husband for the past 10 years, and that is to retain some sort of mystique in their relationship by setting some boundaries.

This has been hard for me as my husband has none. As far as he is concerned, we are the same person. Or, perhaps, I am a sort of shadowy facsimile appendage just about meriting the nomenclature “person”. I constitute a spare memory, pair of eyes and hands, and a back-up sense of humour. A battery pack adjacent to the main mobile phone. A spare tyre (at times literally if I’ve been at the Toblerone), a duplicate, An Other.

There are so many practical examples of this psychosis to choose from that if I start, I won’t stop. But here’s the best and simplest........

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