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She Acts, Does Muay Thai, And Travels The World With Him, But Gina Rodriguez Can’t Get Enough Of Her ‘Bubba’

Gina Rodriguez recently posted a video where she says some really sweet things about her boyfriend, Joe LoCicero, who she met while on set. LoCicero, is a Long Island, N.Y.-raised actor, improv comic, muay-thai fighter and model. The 30-year-old appeared on Rodriguez’s show, “Jane The Virgin” on the CW. Since then, the two have gotten very close and have even made it social media official, sharing their travels and experiences together on the ‘gram.

Very recently, though, Rodriguez shared a video showing that the two are pretty serious, even crediting the multi-hyphenate LoCicero with helping her through the toughest times, saying, “The stress isn’t as hard, the fear isn’t as great and I know I can take it all on with you lifting me up.”

Gina Rodriguez and boyfriend Joe LoCicero met when he was cast as a stripper on “Jane The Virgin.” So, from the beginning they’ve been up close and personal…

More Shirtless Acting #renaissanceman @cwjanethevirgin @hereisgina

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Real up close and personal.

Enjoy my buttcheeks America

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This past weekend, Rodriguez posted a beautiful video tribute to their love.

The video is set to George Ezra’s “Budapest,” a song that features the lyrics “It may be hard for you to / Stop and believe / But for you / You / I’d Leave it all.” The song really seems to capture the essence of her caption, “Human connection is more important than money, power or fame.”

It might be a tiny bit easier to say that human connection is more important when your money, power and fame are pretty solidified — nonetheless it is a beautiful sentiment and they do seem to share a lot.

The couple seems pretty serious and have shared lots of their experiences with fans as of late .

Us ? by @pamelalittky

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She’s been boxing since she was three, and now gets to share that with LoCicero who is also a fighter.

@akathailand was paradise. @mitchviquez video @mike_swick #muaythai

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#reallove

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The couple that kicks ass together… stays together?

They both shared photos of their trip to Thailand where they hung out with elephants.

❤️ ? by @doug_rothwell @mike_swick

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Happiness appears in Thailand after a week of fever poops @doug_rothwell @mike_swick @hereisgina

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If you ever doubted that real love existed, just take a look at Rodriguez’s feed.

I have known love but never have I known a love like this. You make my heart smile. #RealLove

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“I have known love but never have I known a love like this. You make my heart smile. #RealLove”

Somebody get me a box of tissues. ?


[H/T]‘Jane The Virgin’ Star Gina Rodriguez Says Joe Locicero Is More Important To Her Than ‘Money, Power’

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FIERCE LGBTQ Couples Are Sharing How They Met And It’s The Sweetest Thing

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FIERCE LGBTQ Couples Are Sharing How They Met And It’s The Sweetest Thing

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As we highlight Pride month, we wanted to share beautiful stories of LGBTQ+ love. To do so, we recently asked our FIERCE readers on Instagram to tell us how they met their partners and the results were not only hilarious but deeply inspiring.

Love is love and we love this kind of love.

Check it out!

The old slide in trick.

“I slid into the DMs.” – joanacanna

On their start to being ~educated latinas~

“My girlfriend and I met at the end of our first year of law school. She would say that I curved her for a few months before we became close. Almost three years later, we are both attorneys and looking forward to where life takes us.” – legalricanmujer

These two lovers who met while pushing for a joint interest

“We met in boot camp! 10 years ago (we’ve been together 2 /1/2 years, married 1 yr.” –hey_itsaj18

Chicas who started out on the same path and stuck together.

“We met in Nursing school we graduated together. That was 4 years ago, she’s a psychiatric nurse and I’m a geriatric nurse.” – m_a_r_i_a__j_o_h_a_n_n_a

They found love in a pandemic place.

Love in the time of Corona, thanks to Hinge!” – bienvenidarealidad__

Turns out the internet is the ultimate matchmaker.

“On the HER app. The same day she liked my profile she ended up coming into my job. I saw her but she didn’t see me. I ended up messaging her that night when I got off of work & we have been inseparable ever since. 3 years later and everyday I fall in love with her over & over again.” – _yourfavoritepoet_

And this is the most hilarious one of all.

“My wife @chulaworldand I were both seeing the same guy (total 🐶) …… so when we found out about each other we met up! And we have LITERALLY been inseparable ever since. Married on 4/20/19.” –bunuelitas

‘Jane The Virgin’ Is The Perfect Representation Of What Happens With Three Generations Of Moms Live Together

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‘Jane The Virgin’ Is The Perfect Representation Of What Happens With Three Generations Of Moms Live Together

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“Jane the Virgin” doesn’t just give us a telenovela where every mother is a grounded and developed character. It shows America what single latinidad motherhood looks like from birth to vieja-hood. From the wisdom of abuela Alba, to the free spirit of Xiomara and the diplomatic Jane, we see a taste of our own traditions and the evolving methods of Latina motherhood in different generations.

While you have probably never accidentally been artificially inseminated, you’ve definitely felt the same love shown by these tv mamas. They are always there for each other to lift each other up and make life as great as possible. Moms are just like that. Happy Mother’s Day. Even though we might be separated in quarantine, we can still give our moms a sweet memory on this day. Call her and tell her you love her.

We first meet the Villanueva women with their eyes glued to a telenovela, like most Latino families.

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No matter how old you are or how cheesy they are, telenovelas with your mom and abuela are moments we all cherish.

Legit, we have been snuggling with the most important women of our lives for some incredible telenovela drama since we were little kids.

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The Villanueva women even have a long-standing Mother’s Day tradition of binge-watching an entire telenovela series and that’s magical.

ICYMI, Jane was accidentally, artificially inseminated, which is not common.

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Like many of our families, Jane was taught that her virginity was sacred. Unfortunately, a mishap led to her pregnancy without sex. Luckily for Jane and us, Latino families are strong units and we all pitch in when we need to.

But with the help of her mom and abuela, she makes it work.

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They support her going back to grad school. You can bet your mom would babysit your kid while you went back to school, too. Jane’s parenting style is all about leading by example and staying rooted in her dreams pre-Mateo.

We can relate to mami y abuela being high key chismosas.

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Privacy? What privacy?! Even when Jane goes onto the porch to have a “private” conversation, there’s no escaping the curious eyes of the women in her house. If you are feeling triggered, you aren’t alone.

While all three Villanueva women live under the same roof, they have very different parenting styles. Alba is all about the tough love.

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Alba, like our abuelas, like to keep things old-school. Like, she raised your mom so she clearly knows how to raise a child. There isn’t anything wrong with her methods of raising a child. but some times you just have to do things yourself. Jane might not take all of her advice, but that’s just how the modern family unit works, right?

Xiomara, like our moms, lives like a mama bear ready to protect her child no matter what.

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How many times has your mother confronted someone who was making your life difficult? You might feel embarrassed that she is going ham on your teacher or boss, but it is all because she loves you. Let her go all Xo on them. She is only trying to make sure you are always happy.

Whenever there is a hard moment in anyone’s life, mom is always there to do what she can.

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You might have a serious illness or facing some kind of legal trouble and things seem hopeless. However, mom will do anything to make it a little bit better for you. We stick together, we pray together, and put faith in each other.

However you’re celebrating Mother’s Day, consider binge-watching “Jane the Virgin” with your own mom and abuela.

Now, go call your mother because she loves to hear from you.

READ: Gina Rodriguez Stunned Fans At SXSW Saying Hinting That ‘Jane The Virgin’ Is Ending