Here’s Everything You Wanted To Know About Open Relationships But Were Too Afraid To Ask

    “A threesome is actually a great place to start with open relationships because both primary partners are involved and you can kind of see how the dynamic works.”

    On today's episode of BuzzFeed Daily, we broke down the top pop culture headlines AND discussed open relationships. You can listen below or scroll down to read more about the interview!

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    So let's dive right into it! Recently we talked to author and sex educator Gigi Engle about the ins and outs (and do's and don'ts) of open relationships. Here's some of what we learned:

    BuzzFeed Daily: So, I don't know if you've been following celebrity news, but Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith have recently started speaking publicly about their open marriage for the first time. And you know, we're not going to speculate or weigh in on the dynamic of their specific relationship today, but we wanted to talk to an expert about open relationships and how they work in general. So first, would you mind giving our listeners a brief explanation of what an open relationship is?

    BuzzFeed Daily: So how is an open relationship different from polyamory?

    BuzzFeed Daily: What are some of the usual reasons a couple might decide to have an open relationship?

    BuzzFeed Daily: Can you talk a little bit about what some of the benefits are like in addition to that? And maybe what some of the drawbacks might be?

    BuzzFeed Daily: So for some people who have only been in monogamous relationships, something like being open might sound antithetical to what a romantic relationship is supposed to be like. Do you get that a lot?

    BuzzFeed Daily: As you mentioned, there's a lot of communication that needs to be happening in order for an open relationship to work. So how would you suggest partners go about talking about this stuff with one another?

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