Apparently, Julia Fox has fallen head over heels in love with Kanye West since she met him at a New Years Eve party in Miami last week.
But the brunette beauty may want to keep her guard up, as the rapper is supposedly displaying an “early red flag” in their romance.
West, 44, appears to be “bombarding” the 31-year-old actress with love, a dating tactic whereby a suitor immediately showers a new partner with gifts and attention to make him feel dazzled and secure.
In a journal entry written for Interview magazine that came out Thursday, Fox writes that West “had a whole hotel suite full of clothes” waiting for her when they returned from their first official date in New York City earlier this week.
“It was every girl’s dream come true. It felt like a true Cinderella moment, “says Fox in his first-person piece.
But experts say the love bombardment could be a sign that a new lover is “trying to manipulate you.”
In addition to lavish gifts, love bombing actions include making a declaration of love after a few dates, as well as constantly texting and planning for the future.
Often times, love bombers cool down or go completely ghostly once they are satisfied that they have attracted their new mate. This ends up leaving the new partner feeling confused and manipulated.
“A narcissistic relationship often starts too quickly, followed by a cycle of devaluation, discarding and ups and downs,” Ramani Durvasula, a clinical psychologist and narcissism expert, told Insider.
Therapist Claire Stott also told the post that strong relationships generally take time to develop and that a good foundation cannot be rushed.
“A good relationship, I think, is a slow process,” Stott said. “It’s not necessarily one that is going to be super intense at first. It is one that will be built gradually as they get to know each other. “
For those who find themselves being showered with gifts in the early stages of a relationship, it’s not always the beginning of the end – just pay attention to how long it lasts, said Dr. Dale Archer, a psychiatrist.
“If the outlandish displays of affection go on indefinitely, if the actions match the words, and there is no devaluation phase, then it’s probably not a love bombardment,” Archer said.
“On the other hand, if there is an abrupt change in the type of attention, from affectionate and loving to controlling and angry, with the pursuing partner making unreasonable demands, that is a red flag.”
“The important thing to remember about love bombing is that it is psychological partner abuse, period,” Archer said. “When one person intentionally manipulates and exploits the weakness or insecurity of another, there is no other word for that.”