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carry a torchidiom

  • ja長い間片思いをする
  • ento be in love with someone, especially secretly and/or unrequitedly, for a long time

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But after dating for a few short months, Pippa and James broke up.
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And Kate's sister moved on.
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But apparently, she and James were meant to be
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because, in late 2015, the 2 each ended their respective relationships and got back together.
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A friend reportedly told the Daily Mail,
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"The truth was the only girl he really wanted was Pippa.
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He always carried a torch for her."
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"The way I feel about you,
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it's like I finally understand what Lionel Richie's been singing about."
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This guy she’s always carried a torch for is finally ready to devote himself to her.
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"Then don't leave me."
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But he’s figured this out a little too late.