We all know that the paparazzi are always lurking to snap a picture of celebrities’ girlfriends. But what about their boyfriends?

Sometimes, these photos are simply for fun. Other times, the photos are needed to accompany a juicy story. Either way, it’s always an invasion of privacy.

With every new relationship, the photographers’ intrusion is bound to happen. But it doesn’t always have to. More and more celebrities are learning to embrace their boyfriends’ worlds and keep pace with them. This trend is called ‘bromance’.

And when it comes to keeping track of the celeb bromances, few apps do it better than OkCupid. Launched in 2012, the app helps you connect with people based on what’s important to you. While most other dating apps focus on finding a suitable match for your ‘BFF’ status, you need an OkCupid account to really immerse yourself in the ‘bromance’ culture.

Here, we’ll explore how you can bring out the best in your boy’s and your girl’s friendships and turn them into a romance.

Why ‘Bromance’ Is on the Rise

Thanks to the tireless efforts of the ‘bromance’ activists, ‘bromance’ is on the rise. And it’s not just a small group of Twitter users who got this trend started. The New York Times’ Vogue penned an entire feature on ‘bromance’, noting that it’s “taking over the zeitgeist, with a rise in dating apps, such as Tinder and Bumble, and in celebrity bromances that echo the buddy films of the ‘70s.”

So what is ‘bromance’? Simply put, it’s a romantic relationship that forms between two men who are very close friends. And it’s about time that the idea was given a spotlight because, as Vogue points out, we’ve been conditioned to think of romance solely as something between a man and a woman. We’ve been brainwashed to believe that “true love” only happens between a man and a woman. In reality, what do you say when your best friend says that they love you? Or when your BFF from college proposes and you say yes?

It would be easy for us to write this off as a fad and forget about it. But there’s more to ‘bromance’ than you think. As Vanity Fair notes, the relationship “isn’t just about sex and hanging out. It’s about being there for each other through all the changes that life brings.”

Whether it’s trouble at work, family problems, or just your average day-to-day struggles, your best friend will be there for you. Heck, maybe even your girlfriend/wife will be there for you. But who will be there for your bromance? Is it possible to have a bromance without any woman in the picture? Or, at least, without the woman you’re supposedly dating?

How to Create the Perfect Environment For Your Best Friend’s Romance

As we’ve established, a bromance doesn’t need to involve a woman to be considered a ‘bromance’. But for the sake of the argument, let’s say that your BFF is in love with someone else and is looking to end the friendship. You’re still able to have a romantic relationship with them, right?

Well, certainly. But it won’t be easy. As Vanity Fair notes, when your friend comes to you with a plea for help, it means that they trust you and value your opinion. This is why you need to be the perfect gentleman and offer the perfect solution.

What exactly does this solution look like? It depends on a variety of factors, but there are some basic guidelines. To start, you need to create a romantic atmosphere. This means that you need to make sure that your boy’s and girl’s bedrooms are prepared for passion. Whether you paint the room pink or get a few bottles of Champagne, it’s up to you. But make sure that the atmosphere is romantic.

There is also the issue of privacy. If your BFF wants to keep their love life a secret from their friends, it’s your responsibility to respect their privacy. You can help them keep their secret by ensuring that nobody is snooping around while they’re trying to keep their romance a secret. There are ways to ensure that your friends don’t rattle your boy’s and girl’s cages. For example, you could use a virtual private network (VPN) to log into accounts that you aren’t supposed to have access to. This way, your friends can’t snoop while they’re supposed to be keeping your boyfriends/girlfriends a secret. It’s also a good idea to sign up for text-alerts so that you’ll know as soon as anyone starts sending you secret correspondence.

At the end of the day, a bromance is about two men who’ve known each other for a really long time and are comfortable enough in their friendship that they can be open about their feelings. If you want to create the perfect environment for your best friend’s romance, it starts with you extending the olive branch and making peace with your friend. Once that’s done, you can start to think about ways that you can bring a little romance into your friend’s lives.