Not to mention Gwen Stefani (and her husband, Londoner Gavin Rossdale).In my (albeit limited) experience, it seems like American women and English men often find romance, yet American men and English women make for unlikely couples.That's not to say that the fairy tale always ends so well. After all, Gwyneth and Chris were not to be—they went the way of Madonna and Guy Ritchie, Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, and (possibly) Kate Hudson and that guy from Muse. Native Londoner Christina, 35, just moved back to England after spending the last eight years living in New York. "If I was joking, they tended to take offense or find me peculiar," Christina said. The truth is that after two years, I stopped noticing his accent, which was fine, because, ultimately (and perhaps for the first time), I fell in love with the man, not "the Englishman." I still do love the way he says "cheeky," though. She and her friend Rachel wrote an epistolary memoir about their post-college years living in Beijing and Paris (and dating Englishmen).
It's just not going to work." Even in the less extreme versions, are these kind of cultural "types" just too hard to overcome? Overall, more American women study abroad than American men, with the United Kingdom being the most popular destination. How does a girl from Texas end up with a tendency to go after English guys? Three years and four English boyfriends later, I was left wondering the same thing.In my defense, I'd say Gwyneth Paltrow, who recently announced her separation from Chris Martin—who, in turn, blamed the breakup on his own lack of enthusiasm for life—would probably understand the initial attraction."Most British men are terrified of rejection," said Jean Smith, a cultural anthropologist living in London.The American (who is married to an Englishman, of course) conducted a study comparing the flirting behaviors of New Yorkers and Londoners and concluded that of the four demographics (English men, English women, American women, and American men), English men are, by far, the most afraid of rejection.