- In BAZAAR.com's spring cover story, Keke Palmer opens up about her famously private dating life.
- The Hustlers star talks about why she prefers to date outside the celebrity world and why she hardly posts about her romantic life on social media.
Dating is hard. Throw in fame, paparazzi, and millions of devoted fans, and things can get even more complicated.
Keke Palmer, BAZAAR.com's spring cover star, is famously hush-hush about what goes on behind the scenes of her love life. Still, in our latest interview, she opens up about dating as a celebrity and why she doesn't post about her love life on Instagram.
Although she spent a few months swiping on Raya, a dating app for those in the entertainment industry, Palmer reveals that she ultimately prefers to date outside the celebrity world, adding that her one Raya date felt like networking.
“I’ve always had the same philosophy when it comes to dating,” Palmer says. “Not that I wouldn’t give someone a try. But trying to keep my private life outside of my work life, to me, it’s easiest when you don’t date someone with the same career.”
She adds, “I think a lot about, like, Does this person really like me for me? And it’s not just romantic relationships. It’s friends too. That wavering, that’s the most traumatic thing about fame. And that can really tear at your self-esteem if you let it. ’Cause the reality is you really might be a great person, you really might be that fun to be around, you might be that lovable, but because you’re always having to protect yourself from what people may want from you, you can’t even embrace the fact that maybe it’s all true.”
When it comes to posting about her beaus on social media, Palmer says, “I don’t really do relationship stuff online, mainly because I don’t know how I would do it without looking, like, cheesy or something, you know? Yes, I’m a hundred percent authentic, but there is stuff that I do save for family and friends. I do have a Finsta. Sometimes I forget to post on there, ’cause I do post a lot of real moments and raw moments on my main Instagram page. But at the same time, when it comes to romance, [posting about it] doesn’t really come naturally to me, so I feel like, why force it?”
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