Olivia Bowen plans ‘special’ Valentines night for Alex as she talks sex life
They’ve been together for almost five years and they celebrated their two-year wedding anniversary in September.
But as we catch up with former Love Island star Olivia Bowen, it’s obvious that she and fella Alex are still as loved-up as ever.
Alex says they keep the spark alive by being 50/50 in their relationship and Olivia agrees it’s important to be equals. However, she also admits she likes to take the reins when it comes to planning.
So for Valentine’s Day this year, she’s going to be treating Alex, 29, to a special surprise.
“I believe you shouldn’t just let the man do it, it should be up to both of you,” she says.
Olivia also reveals that while they often speak about starting a family, they’re in no rush. She says kids are “definitely on the cards” but they’re happy just enjoying each other’s company for now.
Here, the 27-year-old opens up about wanting twins, romantic gestures and annoying habits…
Hi, Olivia! What have you got planned for Valentine’s Day?
It sucks being in lockdown, but in some ways it’s nice because it means you’ve got to use your brain a bit more when it comes to what to do. I actually haven’t told Alex yet but I’ve got something planned.
Normally we take it in turns, so I plan it one year and he does it the other. We’re very equal in the relationship.
I’ve planned a little something. We’ll have a dinner and there’ll be something a little special. But I can’t say as it’s a surprise. People say Valentine’s Day should be every day but you can’t pull out the stops every day!
Alex is a lucky man! Do you usually buy each other gifts for Valentine’s?
We do. But we’ve been together for a long time now, so we’re running out of ideas!
Is Alex romantic?
He is very romantic. He’s so much better than me. He’s very loving. He’s always cuddling and kissing me, which is just lovely. I’m so lucky.
What do you like the most about each other?
Alex just accepts me for who I am. I can be very stubborn and I’m a bit weird, but he’s never expected me to change.
Do either of you have any annoying habits?
We both have annoying habits. When we’re sat on the sofa, Alex takes his socks off and then in the morning I’ll find, like, 12 pairs of socks hidden in the sofa!
Do you ever argue?
I can be a bit OCD, so we bicker over silly house things. But we know it’s never an argument.
You recently said that you find it annoying when you’re constantly asked about having children. Do you feel pressure?
It doesn’t annoy me when someone asks me because I kind of expect now that it’s the norm. People are going to ask. It’s more when people say, “Hurry up and have kids” or, “You have to have kids.” It’s like, “No, we don’t!”
It breaks my heart as I’ve had so many messages from people who had miscarriages and it can be such an insensitive thing to ask.
But we are definitely going to have kids at some point. It’s just that we’re so happy and having a really nice time. I don’t like to put a time limit on myself. We do speak about it, though. We always speak about names. It’s definitely on the cards.
Can you see yourselves with a big family?
I would love to have twins and then it’s just out of the way. Twins actually run in my family as well, so it could happen!
You’re working with Lovehoney for Valentine’s Day. Tell us about that…
A lot of people are quite scared to talk about sex. It’s a bit of a taboo subject and I can be quite prudish sometimes too. I love the fact we can get people talking about sex, make it normal.
A lot of couples have been very busy in the bedroom thanks to lockdown…
There are so many lockdown babies! A lot of my friends have actually got pregnant recently and I’m like, “That’s lockdown for you!”
Do you think a healthy sex life is important in a relationship?
Sex is so important in a trusting relationship. For me and Alex, we rely so much on our connection and it comes hand in hand with that.
Sex is important but it’s not the be all and end all.
Olivia and Alex worked with sexual wellness brand Lovehoney on its Mind-Blowing Valentine’s campaign, which includes a gift box from Boomf with four Lovehoney sex toys and Boomf exploding confetti.
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