TA- RA PET names

Af­ter Paul Hol­ly­wood’s girl­friend’s em­bar­rass­ing nick­name for him was re­vealed, Rhi­an­non Evans says, for god’s sake, keep these monikers be­hind closed doors.

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Ev­ery per­son who’s one half of a cou­ple breathed a sigh of re­lief last week. Why? Be­cause it was re­vealed that Paul Hol­ly­wood’s girl­friend Sum­mer MonteysFul­lam’s nick­name for him is Cake Cake – and even if you call each other Smooshy­wooshy­mon­key­face, your pet name isn’t as em­bar­rass­ing as that.

Sum­mer, 22, even wore a red swim­suit em­bla­zoned with the ep­i­thet (ap­par­ently the name she first saved the celebrity baker un­der in her phone) on In­sta­gram, be­fore she deleted her ac­count (through shame?).

Thing is though, Sum­mer, we’re all guilty of cringe­wor­thy things said in love and lust. The thought of an ex’s term of en­dear­ment for you can bring out a cold sweat. And even in the re­la­tion­ship, pet names ut­tered out­side the con­fines of your pri­vate bub­ble are mor­ti­fy­ing.

I re­mem­ber cring­ing and do­ing a lot of shush­ing the first time my hus­band Tom called me ‘Rhi-bear’ in pub­lic – even though that was ac­tu­ally a long-stand­ing term of af­fec­tion in­her­ited from my univer­sity friends. In fact, Tom has a real tal­ent for com­ing up with re­ally dis­gust­ing nick­names – and pe­ri­od­i­cally, as a treat, I’m al­lowed to veto one and have it banned for life. (Though I sus­pect that just gives him more mo­ti­va­tion to come up with worse ones.)

So, whether it’s an an­i­mal of any kind, a baby/bbz/babe de­riv­a­tive or any­thing in­volv­ing cakes, pants and pud­dings, the moral of this story is to just keep your pet name to your­self and your part­ner. Def­i­nitely don’t put it on a swim­ming cos­tume, or tell a mate who’s likely to leak it to the pa­pers. OK Hun­ny­bunny?

sum­mer and ‘Cake Cake’

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