of the ‘Friendtor’
- Report highlights the rise of friendships with an age difference
- Adele, Harry Styles and Alesha Dixon are all part of the friendtor
- Jenni Trent-Hughes, relationship expert comments on this new social
Forget Frenemies and BFFs …..A
report released recently has revealed the rise of a new must-have
friendship icon to keep close– The Friendtor!
Generally found to be 8-15 years
older than their friends, and with those added years of experience to
offer, Friendtors combine all the traditional roles of a mentor with the
added support and companionship that only a close friend can provide.
According to the report of over
2,000 people, conducted by card and gift specialist Hallmark, a massive
42 per cent of people now share a friendship with someone who is either
significantly older or younger than them. The research also highlights
that 45 per cent of women look to their Friendtor for advice and
guidance, while 41 per cent appreciate their friend’s mature outlook. A
quarter of people feel they have a better sense of humour too!
Friendtors have also proven to
be popular within the celebrity circuit, with younger stars looking to
personalities in their field for guidance. Adele formed a close
relationship with fellow songstress, Barbra Streisand after performing
at The Oscars and the pair now reportedly speak regularly and swap
cooking tips and recipes. But they’re not the only ones; Alesha Dixon
refers to Amanda Holden as her ‘sister’ after the duo bonded on
Britain’s Got Talent and Harry Styles is often pictured out with BBC
Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw too.
Relationship Expert, Jenni
Trent-Hughes said: “Ever since I was 18, I’ve had a friend that fits in
this category. Funnily enough, I am now of the age where I’m the
Friendtor! In many cultures around the world, age is seen as a badge of
wisdom and honour - so of course it makes sense to spend time with
someone wiser than you!
“However, being older doesn’t
necessarily mean that you know better so bare this in mind when choosing
yours – pick someone who has done what you want to do and done it well.
Take Adele and Barbara Streisand for example, in her day, Barbara was
told to lose weight, to change the colour of her hair and change the way
she dressed. She stuck to her guns and was an inspiration to women all
around the world... Adele is now in a similar position. What makes more
sense than taking advice from someone who has already triumphed? Not all
of us are megastars, but everyone has someone in their lives that is
good at what they want to learn.”
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