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Todd & Steven - Couple

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“Something just drew me to him.”

He thought it was going to be just another night out, but when Todd saw Steven he knew this was different “We met at a nightclub; I was standing on the dance floor and this boy just walked through the crowd and, for me, it literally felt like time was slowing down. He was dancing and smiling with his friends and I think I knew in that moment that I wanted to be with him.” Steven felt it too. “I think I got there at like 11pm, met him at 11:30, and we chatted until 6am in the morning. Even when the bar closed I thought, I don't want to leave you.”

Things got serious fast. Friends and family were concerned at the speed, but Todd knew it was the right time. “We moved in together in the second month of dating. I think a lot of people think that's too soon, but for us it was really natural and organic.”

“He gets to see the most real me; I trust him.”

As time went by, the ever-positive Todd realised he could let his guard down “Our relationship has changed; we're more honest with each other now. We are both quite creative people, and I think now that we've gotten to know each other, we’re now comfortable having different opinions.”

This openness and trust is something Steven values above all “I think what's unexpected and lovely about Todd is that he has a really critical viewpoint on things, especially creatively with his work... Away from his work everything's all right and hunky-dory, but when he gets home, in our space, he feels very open and he can say anything he wants. A lot of people don't get to see that side of him, I think that's why I like it even more; it makes me feel like I get to see a part of him that no one else gets to see.”

Although naturally mellow, Todd thrives on the dynamic aspects of their relationship “I don't know if there is a compromise with Steven. We're both very stubborn, and we like pushing each other's buttons.”

Steven agrees, believing this has helped them both grow “We also like to push each other to think differently, and that goes back to us both being creative.” This growth and support has been a defining feature for them since the very beginning “Before meeting Todd, I was a little bit lost in the world; I’ve changed creatively and everyday I’m evolving more and more.”

Although both are creative and driven, they understand the importance of simple moments, with Todd still coming back to their very first date “It was just burgers at the top of Mount Eden, watching the sunset. We try to recreate it all the time.” Similarly, it’s the quiet actions that make a difference for Steven when things get hard “If I’m having a bad day, it’s the simple things he does that make it better. He cleans everything; which makes a really bad day really good, because everything's so clean!”

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