Dancing with the Stars pro dancer Mark Ballas was such a nice boyfriend that he let his girlfriend Tiffany Dunn borrow his car. Sweet, right? Well, then she hit another car with it. The other car was okay, but Mark’s car (an Audi, if you’re dying to know) was “undriveable” and had to be towed. Luckily, the dude has good insurance, so neither he nor Tiffany will be stuck paying a hefty repair bill. However, what should you do if you’re in a similar situation, and you wreck something that belongs to your partner — on Valentine’s Eve, nonetheless? A few ideas:

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  • Take responsibility. Dodging blame will only make things worse in the long run. Admit that accidents happen sometimes but that you’re prepared to be an adult. If there’s an insurance company involved, telling the truth will make sure you don’t also wind up being charged with a crime or being denied an insurance claim.
  • Pay for it. If you don’t have stellar insurance or the item was something not covered (ex. you broke his favorite glass paperweight), pony up and get a new one. If you can’t afford the item, see if there’s a way to replace it more cheaply (is there one for sale on eBay?) or work out some kind of payment system.
  • Switch roles for a sec. Try to imagine how you’d feel if the roles were reversed – would you be upset or hurt in the situation? You may be freaking out about your own role in the situation, but try to be there for your partner too.
  • Apologize. Who said that love means never having to say you’re sorry? Clearly not someone who crashed their boyfriend’s expensive car.
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