How jealousy can help the seven-year itch as Denise Van Outen and Eddie Boxshall split

Denise Van Outen and Eddie Boxshall decided to call off their engagement, and split after seven years together.

She reportedly discovered numerous messages on his phone to other women leaving her "heartbroken" and "furiously angry."

Breaking up at the seven year point is a bit of a phenomenon, otherwise known as the Seven Year Itch.

LalalaLetMeExplain tells OK! why it is likely to occur, "The seven year itch is very real. Sometimes it can happen earlier or later, but it's the point where a relationship plateaus. The couple feel boredom and dissatisfaction because they've fallen into a routine.

"They can find themselves acting more like friends. Sometimes, not even friends – just two people who live in the same house and pass each other every so often or have monthly robotic sex."

LalalaLetMeExplain advises how to rectify the issues in the relationship.

"It is about making sure that the passion and the fire stay alive. So have proper date nights, especially if you've got children. Hire a babysitter and go out," she explains.

"Do the things that you used to enjoy doing when you were first together. Don't let those don't let those things die out. Go and discover new things together. Do something that's outside the norm, have new experiences together and I'd also recommend reading Mind the Gap: The truth about desire and how to future proof your sex life by Dr Karen Gurney [The Sex Doctor].

"It's all about making sure that you maintain desire in long term relationships, and how you can rebuild it because sex is really important."

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"When The Sex Doctor was a guest on my podcast she spoke about the need for jealousy.

"An uncontrollable amount of jealousy is unhealthy in a relationship, but having it as a small element and feeling like 'this person could go at any time, and I have to keep them' actually helps.

"Knowing that your partner is desirable to other people means that you keep making an effort to keep things alive.

"Appreciate what you've got and the fact that you are both choosing each other. That should never be taken for granted."

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