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How David Lee Roth of Van Halen Almost Ruined My Marriage

I thought the man I’d married was a 
rock star. That turned out to be closer 
to the truth than I ever imagined.

40 Years After Falling for a Girl, He Finally Got to Be with Her

A lovesick teenager gets the girl—
40 years later.


8 Stories of First Loves That Will Touch Your Heart This Valentine’s Day

From stories of playground crushes to smooth-talking bad boys, members of the Reader's Digest contributor network tell us all about...


My Love Story, Before Social Networks

The tale of a man who traveled across two countries and an ocean to follow the love of his life.


The True Story Behind The Vow

Fall in love with the Reader's Digest original story that inspired the romantic movie starring Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum.