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Dino Imperial opened up about his biggest heartache—and how he put a stop to the sadness.

My teen years were really tough. I was quite gullible, and I thought everyone would treat me right as long as I was nice to them. My first real girlfriend kissed my best friend, then broke up with me. Another girl cheated on me several times while she was in the States, and when she got back, she was totally different. It was a bad relationship because she always stepped on my ego by making me feel dumb and embarrassing me in front of everyone.

After three years, I finally ended things because she made me choose between her and my friends. I told her flat out, "It's over. I'm fed up." She wouldn't leave me alone after that. She spread bad stuff about me and even tried to go to my prom, as someone else's date. A year later, I met another girl. She flirted with other guys even when we were together, because she said it made her feel good about herself. She lied to me all the time. In the end, I called it quits because I got a text from a guy I didn't know saying he was going to take her away from me. I just got tired of it all. I told myself I didn't want to fall in love anymore.  

She flirted with other guys even when we were together, because she said it made her feel good about herself.

These days, I'm smarter and tougher. I know you should respect others, but you should also protect yourself because people in this world aren't as kind as you want them to be. I think I ended up hurting the girls I dated after my three failed relationships because I was too guarded. But I didn't do it on purpose.

Regardless of the fact that I'm an artista, I don't go around breaking girls' hearts because I know how it feels, and it doesn't feel good at all. I did fall in love again—I have a girlfriend now, and she makes me happy. I trust her. I've realized that commitment isn't just a choice; it's many choices. It's a choice you make every day, again and again. Everything you do is a choice. My exes chose to lie and cheat—to hurt me. But I can choose to be so much better than that.

Everything you do is a choice. My exes chose to lie and cheat—to hurt me. But I can choose to be so much better than that.

This article was originally published in the January-February 2009 issue of Candy Magazine.

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