Britt Robertson’s Secret to a Happy Long-Term Relationship Is One We All Need to Keep in Mind
In her upcoming flick Mother’s Day, Britt Robertson plays a young mom struggling with cold feet in her relationship. Um, maybe some of us out there can relate, but this is *not* a case of art imitating life. The actress has been in a relationship with Teen Wolf actor Dylan O’Brien since 2011 when they co-starred in the film The First Time. We’re so used to celebrity breakups that we had to fact check this one when we chatted with Britt — and get her tips for keeping a long-term relationship going strong.
Real talk: Dating as a 20-something faces several challenges. This is the point in many people’s lives where career can often take the driver’s seat. For Britt and boyfriend Dylan, they’re definitely not immune to these challenges either. Currently, Dylan is starring in the Mazerunner franchise, and Britt is playing Julia Roberts’ daughter (!) in Garry Marshall’s upcoming flick.
Even so, Britt’s number one piece of advice is a pretty simple one that we can all keep in mind: communication. “I’ve learned all of my little tidbits about relationships from people who’ve been in relationships for a long time. Everything I always hear is just communication — you should be talking about almost everything,” says Britt. “And I know some people are like, ‘yeah there’s something he said I’m too scared to talk about,’ but I’m not that kind of person. The thing I have to be in any relationship is I have to be informed.”
“This is how you can understand someone else’s side — if you communicate and understand where they’re coming from,” she tells us. “I would say, talk about everything, even if it’s not something that you find important. It’s important to talk regardless.” That’s certainly good advice – even for the less-than-chatty Cathys out there among us.
While communication is SO vital for her, that doesn’t translate into being overly communicative with each other on social media. Britt has a pretty matter-of-fact stance on the whole thing. “I don’t find use for it anymore. It didn’t really do anything for me,” Britt says. In fact, her last tweet was from two years ago and, for her, not tweeting has become something of a game. “I find it really cool now, like how long can I go on Twitter without tweeting?”
This doesn’t mean she rules out all platforms, however. “I like Instagram because you can post pictures and look at pictures. The tweeting, I don’t really have anything important to say on a regular basis that I feel like I need to share with however many followers out there following me. I kind of, aside from Instagram, just like laying low.”
And laying low is certainly something she’s planning on doing a lot of now that Mother’s Day has wrapped. She’s going to be hanging in her favorite pair of Roots sweatpants ($68) — a gift from her agent and her “favorite person on the planet” — and catching up on her Netflix queue (“Fixer Upper is genius!” she shares). “I don’t even know what I’m going to be doing tomorrow,” she tells us. We can guess one thing she won’t be doing. Tweeting.
What’s the best relationship advice you’ve received? Tweet us @BritandCo!
(Photos via Jeffrey Mayer/Getty + George Pimental/Getty)
Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!