I have fallen in love with my 'gorgeous' teenage cousin

DEAR DEIDRE: I HAVE fallen in love with my cousin.

I’m a lad of 18 and she is 17.

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We’ve always spent a lot of time together and I can tell her anything.

She’s gorgeous, funny and sweet.

When I see her, I get butterflies.

I don’t know if she feels the same.

Am I allowed to go out with my cousin?

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DEIDRE SAYS:  In this country it is legal to marry your first cousin.

But some people disapprove of cousin relationships and they can be linked to genetic illness in children.

You clearly have a big crush on your cousin but the only way to know if she feels the same is to be brave and tell her.

If things don’t work out, keep socialising and you will meet someone who feels the same way about you.

My support pack Finding The Right Partner For You should help.

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