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Troy and I were supposed to have been introduced in person, the old-fashioned way. Instead, the night his tour bus rolled into town, when our mutual friend Crystal had insisted on playing matchmaker, I’d gotten cold feet and ghosted before his show was over. Troy wasn’t famous exactly, but his proximity to fame was enough to intimidate me. As the DJ and producer for a rising R&B star, he fell into a category of man I was programmed to avoid. “Never date a musician or an actor.” It was the only relationship advice my father had ever given me and I’d done my best to stick to it over the years. Nothing good could come from loving a man who was constantly on the road, surrounded by a new flock of adoring female fans every night. Full story

15 March