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They met more than 14 years ago on the set of That ’70s Show, but they’ve only been romantically linked since April. They were friends first, which is great, and the timing was in favor for them to connect.
I love Demi Moore (I’m not choosing sides!) … But I also love stories like this and can’t resist a chance to comment on how to spark a new love after reconnecting with someone from your past.
Mila is great for Ashton because she is age appropriate. I think she could be one for him to marry and have kids with, but as long lost friends who are kindling a real romance, it will be interesting to see how their relationship stands the test of time. He has loose ends to settle in a previous relationship and she needs to make sure his baggage doesn’t come with a fair-weathered commitment.
Of course, I don’t know the exact story of how Mila and Ashton lit their flame or if Ashton’s heart is in the right place – or whether hers is either, for that matter. They seem like a great match – but only time will tell.
Here’s what I do know: You can best set yourself up now to reconnect with a potential prince in the future, someone you feel a connection with but don’t pursue at that moment for whatever reason. It could be bad timing in your way, unavailability or bashfulness.
Number one, don’t dwell on relationships that just aren’t ready to blossom. Explore new things. Meet new people. Try new stuff. Make new friends. Explore. Explore. Explore! The only way you’ll have a pen of potential Romeos from your past to choose from is to actually have a past.
We’ve seen Mila and Ashton go their separate ways and create their own lives and careers. If they were still meeting up on set in Eric Forman’s basement, doing the same exact things 20 years later, they would have nothing substantial to reconnect with. Sometimes space – and experience – are key.
Do you think Ashton and Mila will make it work in the long term?
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