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Can You Flip A Rebound Into A Relationship?

Out of the frying pan and into the fire… Introducing the latest dating term: the Bad Pancake. But can we have our cake and eat it, too?

Mel Evans

It’s the weekend, and you’re gearing up to tuck into a stack of fluffy pancakes. The oil is in the pan, you’ve got the spatula ready to flip, and the mixture is good to pour. You wait for the bubbles to emerge before sliding the spatula under your half-cooked first attempt, catching the edge as you flip, dragging a trail of pancake mix from one side of the pan to the other as it starts to smoke under the pressure. You’re defeated. Still, you wait 10 seconds for it to cook, then transfer it to a plate and pick at it until you decide it’s a lost cause and bin it. Introducing the newest metaphor for your dating life: the Bad Pancake (TBP).

WHAT IS TBP? Like the first pancake you try to make – a smooshed dough ball of nothingness – TBP is the first person you date after a serious relationship, destined to end in failure.

‘A bad pancake never turns out to be a real relationship,’ says Molly Bernard’s character, Lauren, to Hilary Duff’s Kelsey in Younger. ‘It’s predestined to fail.’ So you put your good guy on the back burner in order not to squander a diamond in the rough – and you get yourself a bad pancake. Easy, no? Before you rush to a rebound, Lovehoney’s relationship expert Annabelle Knight reminds us that we need to be mindful of the post relationship grieving process and what it brings to a new love – whether it’s a bad pancak


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