By Justin Thomas

After endless social media surmising, there’s a new celebrity couple trending. In celebrity newsThe Bachelor’s Becca Tilley has finally set the record straight about her relationship with fellow Bachelor Nation star, Robert Graham. Tilley confessed to UsMagazine.com, saying, “I am dating Robert” at the 2016 iHEARTRADIO Jingle Ball on Friday, December 2. She continued, saying, “It’s fun. We’ve been friends for a long time and it was just a natural progression, and he’s just amazing and been patient with me.… I need someone that’s patient and willing to deal with me, and he’s been that way. So it’s been fun, it’s been an easy transition.” Rumors ignited when affectionate photos of the now couple surfaced on Tilley’s Instagram featuring some suggestively cute captions. But things really began to heat up when she posted a shirtless photo of Graham as her “Man Crush Monday.” The couple seems to be on the up and up as Tilley went on to mention she’s introduced him to her family. She said, “He met all of my family Sunday night, except for my brother. Everyone loved him.”

 This celebrity couple news was a long time coming. How do you know when you’re ready to introduce your partner to your family?

Cupid’s Advice:

Timing is everything when it comes to introducing your partner to your family. Cupid has some tips:

1. Make sure you’re exclusive: The bottom line is that you want to make sure your relationship is serious before you introduce your family and friends. That means all the “you’s” and “me’s” have turned to “us” already. Don’t put your family through the process meeting, getting know, and potentially liking someone you know almost for certain won’t be around for much longer.

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2. Don’t rock the boat: Meeting someone’s family is a substantial jump in a relationship and when appropriate could make your relationship much stronger. But it’s not necessarily a right of passage. Evaluate your partner’s relationship with their family, and don’t pressure them if they don’t feel like it’s the right time to introduce you. However, don’t be naive. Three months is very different than three years when it comes to meeting the family.

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3. Be realistic in your expectations: Everyone’s family dynamic is unique, so try to think less romantic comedy and more “Hi, nice to meet you.” As palm-sweating as it is, first impressions are more important than you might think, but only in the context for setting the tone for family interactions down the line. People often latch on to the first perspective they’re offered, so the first impression you make might be the impression you keep.

How important is meeting your partner’s family to you? Share your thoughts below!