Interviews by Shannah Henderson; Editorial by Sarah Ribeiro
Earlier this week, on Monday, July 15, 2013, the Playboy Mansion hosted some of Hollywood’s hottest celebrities at Beartrap Entertainment’s 8th Annual All-Star Celebrity Kickoff Party. The annual event supports the Artists and Athletes Alliance, a not-for-profit organization that helps artists and athletes navigate the political process in Washington, D.C. This glamorous night helped kickoff summer sports awards season the way only a party at the Playboy Mansion could — and CupidsPulse.com was there to celebrate.
Celebrity guests included musicians Chris Brown, Snoop Lion and Sean Kingston; actor Jamie Foxx; former Bachelor and Bachelorette stars, Bob Guiney and Arie Luyendyk, Jr; and ESPY-nominees for Best Breakthrough Athlete Yasiel Puig of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Colin Kapernick of the San Francisco 49ers, who was the winner of the award.
We spoke to some of these famous faces about dating and relationships — check out their responses below!
What is the number one thing you don’t do on a date?
“Don’t ever talk about your ex! I break that rule a lot though, because I talk about my ex a lot.” - Bob Guiney, The Bachelor Season 4
“Don’t talk about ex-girlfriends or religion, and don’t eat with your hands.” - Arie Luyendyk Jr., professional race car driver and The Bachelorette Season 8
What is your best piece of dating advice?
“My best advice is to just keep your partner happy!” – Bryan Braman, Houston Texans linebacker
“That’s an interesting question. My best advice is to be true to yourself. That’s the most important thing to remember. Everyone wants to be fake and put on this faÃ§ade, and after six months, he or she is a whole new person. The best thing is to just be true to yourself.” - Bret Lockett, New York Jets safety
“My best advice is to stay loyal and stay off of social networking sites. Those sites are the best way to get in trouble these days. “ - David Gilreath, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver
“You have to do something special. Don’t think that it’s all about money. It’s about thinking outside of the box, getting weird and making it happen. You know what I got my girlfriend for Valentine’s Day? A saxophone player! He came to our house and played her favorite songs in our living room. It was awkward but awesome” - Stephen Kramer Glickman, comedian
“My best dating advice is don’t do it. No, I’m kidding! [laughs] I am a divorced guy, and I would say just be really, really painfully honest. If there is any dating advice that works for me, that tip actually works. I always say, ‘Listen, here is what I am capable of. I hope I outshine what I think I am capable of, but this is probably what I’ve got in the tank at this point.’ It actually kind of helps! If you are honest upfront, there are no misconceptions, and it all really works itself out.” - Bob Guiney, The Bachelor Season 4
“Very cliché, but I would just say relax and be yourself. I think that, most of the time when we go on dates, we’re either nervous; we’re not ourselves; or we’re closed off. It is important to just be open and be yourself.” - Arie Luyendyk Jr., professional race car driver and The Bachelorette Season 8
“Always make her pay on the first date because it’s crucial to be different. Everyone is probably going to always pay for her, but if you make her pay, she will say to herself, ‘Oh, you’re different.’ Then you’re already starting off on the right foot. If you make her pay, she is going to already know you’re different, and you get a free meal. [laughs]” – Jimmy Butler, Chicago Bulls player
“My best advice is to be patient!” - Omar Miller, CSI: Miami actor
“Just be cool, be confident, and believe that in the next two hours, the battle is won.” - Bai Ling, actress
“If you’re a guy, treat the lady with the utmost respect. I have two sisters, so I know how important that is. It’s a lot more important than you think. Chivalry is not dead.” - Chris Ogbonnaya, Cleveland Browns running back
“If you have no trust, you have no relationship. That’s what it’s all about.” – Andre Branch, Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end
“Just be yourself and don’t try to be someone else. You don’t have to try to do all the extra hard work.” - Rapper Tae Snap, rapper
“Keep an open mind.”- Mehcad Brooks, Necessary Roughness actor
“I guess be yourself and be genuine. Also, make sure you don’t smell bad.” - Jarron Gilbert, Buffalo Bills defensive end
What piece of celebrity dating advice is your favorite? Tell us in the comments below!