"Cute is good. But cute only lasts for so long, and then it's, 'Who are you as a person?'," she advised."Don't look at the bank book or the title. Look at the heart. Look at the soul."
The US First Lady added: "When you're dating a man, you should always feel good. You shouldn't be in a relationship with somebody who doesn't make you completely happy and make you feel whole."
More than two decades after their relationship started with ice cream and a movie, they radiate togetherness – without ever glossing over the what she describes as the "continuous bumps" that any longterm relationship will inevitably experience.
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