I wish them nothing but the best. Love is a wonderful gift and their relationship seems to be real. Only thing I'm worried about is that Tanith could decide to end her career just because of Charlie as she wants to move back to his area.
I think it's pretty safe to assume that Tanith and Ben will be going on as professional skaters and for that they do not need Linichuk on a day-to-day basis (or maybe any basis - they can choreograph themselves or find other choreographers to experiment a little) so moving back to Michigan may not be much of an issue. I can't see why Ben would want to stay in Delaware except for eligible training either. MIchigan is very much a training base for them so going back won't be uncomfortable at all.
For me their placemat at Vancounver sort of bookmarked the end of their eligible career but they certainly will have professional opportunities. If they do continue to compete though, I don't think it will be for very long unless something changes dramatically for them.
Linichuk has also taken on a new couple (see the Russian update thread on FSU) so I'm guessing that she isn't planning on focusing on them quite as much going forward.
Last edited by Willowway; 05-19-2010 at 08:11 PM.
Ok maybe I feel a little bad for ben...
CharlieaWhite: On my way to the lakers game with/because of @TanithJLB-Should be a blast. Telling her (and her agents) thanks in person isn't good enough!
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I think if people love each other they dont need talk about this everywhere (especially in People) - this is very privet things in my opinion.
But tanith all time prefer talk about her boyfriends in press - i dont know why.
Yes- I agree Pani. I don't think anyone is trying to make it a negative thing- I think people are just poking fun at the situation a bit- which broadcasting your relationship through people magazine opens you up for (this coming from someone who adores them both, and has not been bothered with their keeping their relationship quiet)
Tanith and Charlie had 2 choices when People called - either refuse comment or talk honestly. Presumably, their agents advised them that the latter was the best option, b/c since their relationship is already public, it would look stupid if they suddenly clammed up, and the fact is, getting publicity in a national mag only increases their visibility, which is a good thing for both of them and their (skating) partners, in the long run.
Ben has had a girlfriend for years, and no one really felt bad for Tanith. She and Charlie both seem like really nice people, and they deserve to be happy.
And I think that it is up to Tanith to decide what she does/does not want to talk about with the press. They kept it quiet all season, when it definitely could have been a distraction. She's a really pretty, really talented girl--it isn't exactly a surprise that reporters are interested in her relationships.
I agree with Debbie S and DORISPULASKI.
Let's face it, no one would want to write about us non-famous souls. However, once you are famous, it is inevitable to avoid the media interest. I don't think they are going around seeking it, because they could have done that a long time ago. It is just that it is out in the open now after all the competing events are over and they would not like to keep it a secret anymore. I think the news just spilled over to the general public and they decided to end the rumors once and for all, in a way. I think the media attention could be good for both of them and their ice dancing partners, considering that it does not take long for skating to go out of limelight after the Olympics. This is especially true for Meryl and Charlie, who hardly got any coverage compared to Evan or Apolo or Lindsey Vonn…no major talk shows or anything like that….it has been pretty low key for them for the most part.
I think they are both very intelligent people and have probably handled this the best they could. It is a good thing they are from Michigan and not California or they'd have paparazzi too.
I tell people about my boyfriend if they ask.. why would we expect differently from them just because they're "famous"? They aren't really even all THAT famous
whats wrong about telling people about your BF or GF? If is an important thing to you, you shoud "anounce". Isn't what we all do to our parents and friends? The fact that they are a bit famous (at leats on the skating world) come public and admit their ralashionship is perfectly normal and good.