Diggy Simmons is putting his heart on his sleeve just in time for Valentine’s Day Partnering with Bumble, the multi-talented entertainer recently hopped on camera to answer his fans' most pressing questions about finding love, along with his suggestions for dating someone new.
Below, see how the 25-year-old opened up on the online dating app’s recurring video series, “Don’t Text Your Ex.”
Eager to get more insight from the Grownish actor about his new collaboration— along with his personal dating preferences—we jumped on the phone with Simmons, who dished about his relationship must-haves, feelings on online dating, personal thoughts about longevity in a relationship, deal-breakers, and V-Day plans.
BET: How do you know when you're in love?
Diggy Simmons: It's just a feeling. To be honest, I think you just know. And it can't be something that looks good on paper. You can't cheat or force [love].
What stands out to you on a Bumble profile? Any specific traits?
I feel like someone with good taste. You know, someone that has great writing and good style. Someone that’s my style.
A few years ago, we chatted with your parents— Rev. Run (Joseph Simmons) and Justine Simmons—about their transition into a healthier lifestyle. Throughout the interview, they credited you as the inspiration behind their healthy eating habits. Is health something you consider important in a future spouse?
That's not one of my deal-breakers. I do have deal breakers, but that's not one of them. I do find that I come across more people who eat healthier. There's always some sort of health element included in the people I engage with.
So, you mentioned having deal-breakers. Can you share one with us?
I'd say someone who isn’t able to navigate through different spaces. I find myself in different rooms, traveling a lot, and doing different kinds of work. I want to be able to bring that person along with me and know that they will be able to get along with people. [I want them to] be a kind person. I couldn’t say that’s a deal-breaker, but that's something big for me.
Your parents have been married for more than 20 years. Do you believe that long-lasting love still exists?
I think long-lasting love still exists. I think that if you find the right person and you're able to focus on them, without having anything come between the two [of you], it's possible.
With limited access to public venues, due to the pandemic, do you think we’ll see a bigger shift into online dating?
I think we have to really see what it's like when people are able to get back outside...whenever that is. I'm sure it's gotten far more popular since the pandemic hit.
With that being said, how do you suggest couples keep that person-to-person genuine connection?
I mean, you gotta link up. There can't be too much time lost when you first meet someone because you don't want to lose that initial fire. You can't let it be too long before you see them or else the thrill won't be there anymore. You, know? You gotta keep that face to face [interaction].
I'm old school anyway. I love being able to meet someone in person.
Lastly, finish this sentence: My ideal Valentine's Day consists of…
A great meal. Great flowers. And great gifts. I go hard with Valentine's Day. I treat Valentine's Day like Christmas. And a surprise. I can't ever say what it is, but it's always different. It always varies. I never pull out the same thing. I love the surprise.
** Editor’s Note: This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.