It’s Time to Rethink the Rebound 

He’s not your boyfriend. He’s just a rebound: the person you started dating (or simply hooking up with) in the aftermath of your most recent breakup. He could be anyone or several someones; a one-night stand or an extended fling; a fresh spark or an old flame. The mark of a good rebound isn’t how long it lasts or how serious the relationship actually is. It is the speed and force with which it overtakes you, like a tidal wave that scoops you up, heartbroken and adrift, and sends you tumbling back to dry land. 

The rebound is a time-honored post-breakup ritual, and celebrities are definitely getting their fill summer. Kylie Jenner is spending the summer shacking up with Timothée Chalamet on the heels of her split from on-again, off-again boyfriend Travis Scott. In the wake of the Scandoval fallout, Vanderpump Rules breakout star Ariana Madix has been “very satisfied” by her time with the hunky Daniel Wai. Megan Thee Stallion is seemingly on the rebound with Belgian soccer player Romelu Lukaku amid a rumored breakup with boyfriend Pardison “Pardi” Fontaine. And Taylor Swift just brought her whirlwind romance with British bad boy Matty Healy to an abrupt end after a month of backlash and breathless media coverage. Per , the two “had fun together, but it was never serious.” 

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Jenner and Chalamet are such an unexpected mash-up that it almost feels as if they’re trolling us every time they’re spotted together. But when the news about Swift and Healy broke, her global fanbase seemed to collectively breathe an audible sigh of relief. By the end of their month-long affair, public opinion had ebbed from tenuously positive to uniformly negative, with many criticizing Swift for racing directly from a six-year relationship with actor Joe Alwyn into the arms of someone so problematic and, in their words, unworthy. Online, some Swifties began strongly encouraging each other not to attend the Eras tour until Taylor and Matty parted ways. 

“Taylor, this guy is gonna give you scabies,” rapper Azealia Banks wrote on her Instagram Stories days before the split. “He’s not on the level of powerful puss you worked HELLA Hard to build.” 


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