Friends for years before dating
Adrienne Bailon and Israel Houghton were friends for years before they ever contemplated dating.
“When he got officially divorced and started dating again, I immediately started to set him up with my friends,” Bailon, 32, tells PEOPLE of her singer-songwriter fiancé.
But when separated by gender, the survey found that men spend significantly more on dating.
Of the men questioned, the average figure for the most they had spent on a date was 4, while the same figure for women was less than half at .
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There were multiple times I turned to her and said, ‘You can walk away if this isn’t worth it to you.’ ” “It was a troubling 24 hours,” Bailon adds of headlines saying Houghton was still married. But I never questioned my feelings for him.” Now the newly engaged couple is focused on planning an “intimate and romantic” wedding.
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The survey, conducted by event planners Paint Nite who spoke to 1,000 married people across the US, found the most common dating activity was going for dinner, followed by going to the movies, lunch, a walk and making a meal and spending time at home.
One in five men admitted they have performed the cliched 'pretending to stretch' trick to make their first move on a date, while just over 20 per cent of men and women said they touch an arm or a knee to initiate closer contact.