The rumors are rolling once again about Jesse James and Kat Von D, as they recently announced that they are calling off their wedding. This time it’s official.  Not only did they call off the engagement, but they’ve also broken up.  They were in a long distance relationship, with James in Austin and Von D in LA.  When People asked Von D whether she would relocate to be with her boyfriend, she responded, “If only it were that easy. Having two places we call home will be good for now. In the end, home is where the heart is, and my heart’s with him.  ” Unfortunately, the couple couldn’t keep doing the long distance thing.

What are some ways to keep a long distance relationship strong?

Cupid’s Advice:

Surviving a long distance relationship can be tough.  Cupid has some tips on how to prevent letting distance loosen the bond:

1. Communicate: Make an effort to frequently communicate. You’re probably both caught up in your daily routines, but make sure to schedule a regular time to talk to your loved one via skype or phone. You can also keep each other up-to-date via email and text, but it’s important that you hear each other’s voices.

2.  Visit: Of course the sound of your partner’s voice isn’t always going to be enough.  You’ll need some physical contact in order for the relationship to persevere.  Take turns making trips to see one another, and make sure that you share the responsibility equitably.

3. Trust: Starting a long distance relationship means unforeseeable changes and challenges in both of your lives.  If your partner starts forming new circles of friends or engaging in new activities, don’t assume the worst.  Just take a breather and have faith that your partner will remain loyal to you.

Have you ever been in a long distance relationship?  Share your experiences below.