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What Singlish describes, feeling like there must be something wrong with someone who is over 30 and always single, is social privilege of having been in a couple.
What you are describing (an existing couple protecting their relationship) has a component of action that went into establishing and maintaining the relationship. Just because people in a relationship agree to take care of each others needs it doesn't mean they are treating other people as accessories to their life.
What are they, and how do they stay together without recognizable commitment?
Flexible relationships provide support for adults and children.
Five ways to distinguish these similar-sounding relationship types
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