By Whitney Johnson

According to UsMagazine.com, Harry Styles recently opened up to Rolling Stone about his romance with Taylor Swift — and he had nothing but nice things to say about his celebrity ex. Addressing the photos of them together in Central Park on their second date, he shares, “When I see photos from that day, I think: Relationships are hard, at any age. And adding in that you don’t really understand exactly how it works when you’re 18, trying to navigate all that stuff didn’t make it easier. He elaborates further by saying, “I mean, you’re a little bit awkward to begin with. You’re on a date with someone you really like. It should be that simple, right? It was a learning experience for sure. But at the heart of it — I just wanted it to be a normal date.” He even appreciates that Swift penned numerous songs about their former celebrity relationship and says, “I like tipping a hat to the time together.”

Harry Styles thinks his romance with celebrity ex Taylor Swift was a learning experience. What are some ways past relationships can help you with future relationships?

Cupid’s Advice:

Taking a cue from these celebrity exes, every failed relationship can teach us something when it comes to future love. So what can you learn from your former partners? Consider this dating advice below:

1. You realize what you want: When you’re single, it’s hard to know what you want and need from a partner. However, a relationship — even one that ultimately doesn’t last — will show you just what you’re looking for when it comes to love. Look at what worked and what didn’t and apply those insights to your next relationship.

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2. You understand the importance of compromise: Being in a relationship means sharing your life with someone, and sharing your life with someone requires a lot of compromise — a hard lesson to learn when you’re single and your world revolves around you.

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3. You learn to trust: Trusting your heart with someone is no easy task. This relationship may have failed, but it was still an exercise in giving your heart away — and surviving the heartache. Next time around, you’ll know more quickly if someone is right for you and if they deserve your trust and love.

What are some other ways a past love can help a future relationship? Tell us in the comments below!