One of Manchester’s most beautiful couples, Stuart Pilkington and Helen Holt, discuss romance, marriage and how they enjoy spending Valentine’s day.
So, how long have you known each other and how long have you been a couple?
Helen– We have been together coming up 3 years in April! It seems like a lifetime!
Was it love at first sight?
Stuart – I had to take a back step as my friend fancied Helen and chased her for a date. Luckily she wasn’t interested so I jumped in and nagged her until she gave in an agreed to a date with me!
Helen – I thought he was good looking but wasn’t too interested at first, I think I had the wrong impression of him. EVENTUALLY I gave in and been inseparable from that day!
You are both very beautiful and must get a lot of attention, is there any jealousy?
Stuart – Helen’s stunning and gets lots of attention but she’s the most trustworthy person I’ve ever met and I’m just not the jealous type at all.
Helen – We have been together too long and when we know each other like we do, no-one else comes close! Lots of girls come up to Stuart but I think it’s funny, he’s so awkward and is quick to introduce me as his girlfriend he’s well trained!
Are you a romantic couple?
Stuart – I’d like to think so but maybe not in the conventional sense. We leave each other notes on the bathroom mirror or buy silly things like strawberry laces and hide them in a jacket for the other one to find.
You are both very busy and working freelance can mean crazy hours, do you make sure you book time out to see each other?
Stuart It’s really sad but we synchronise diaries and always save one day a month to do something as a couple, something a bit different. We take it in turns to decide what we are doing, so far we’ve done wine tasting, salsa dancing, snow-boarding all sorts.
As models are you critical about each others work?
Stuart – We’re not critical but we are honest. If we don’t think the other has done a good job we tell them. We just trust Boss to give the critique and leave it in their hands.
Helen Yes! Not so much critical but honest! I tell Stuart he needs to smile more and he tells me I shouldn’t be baring my teeth all the time…I think he’s jealous!
What are your Valentines plans this year?
Stuart – I always spend valentines with my daughter and last year was the first year someone else came to the meal! The plan is that I take both of them out and they bankrupt me with present requests-great!
What are the best presents you have ever received off each other?
Helen – I’ve had lots of thoughtful things Stuart buys me lots of nice clothes and shoes he has good taste in fashion! I love my Louboutins! I know he will say his i-pad! He’s attached to it 24/7
What is your favorite thing about each other?
Stuart – The best thing is knowing my best mate is also my girlfriend.
Helen – I like Stuart’s eyes, he has much better eyelashes than me!
Helen’s good friend (and our cover girl) Charlotte recently got engaged, is marriage on the cards for you two any-time soon?
Stuart – Erm… Not with the price of ring Helen wants! Think I need to get saving before I pop that question.
Helen – I know she’s a beaut! I’m so excited for her! That’s a question for Stuart! He knows what kind of ring I want… But he’s also rubbish at surprises and I want it to be a surprise!
Being models you must be fashion-conscious. Do you like the way each other dresses?
Helen – Yes, I like the way he dresses we are dead sad and dress very similar I think we look alike too….sounds a bit strange that!
Do you enjoy working together and what’s been your favourite shoot?
Stuart – Yeah it’s really relaxed working together, the job usually moves along much faster because we know each other inside out we can get straight into the shoot without any awkward warm up shots.
Helen and Stuart are both signed to Boss Model Management