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Valentine’s Day will soon be here and with the pressure to get the day devoted to love right with your significant other, we asked 4 women–who are single, dating, and in relationships–their thoughts on the holiday. 

Whether it’s pulling out all the stops so your bae feels special to waiting until February 15th when all the candy goes on sale (the true holiday), these ladies don’t hold back on their thoughts and perspectives on the big day. 

These ESSENCE editors also kept it candid about shooting your shot and what does down in the DM, trust us, this conversation is as real as it gets!