“Pauls First…”: Olivia Dunne’s New York Time Square Date With MLB Boyfriend Unlocks New Chapter For The Couple

Published 12/20/2023, 7:30 AM EST

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Olivia Dunne is finally heaving a sigh of relief. After a tumultuous season that had no dirge of exciting moments, the social media sensation is basking in the joys of her newfound love. As she counts the days since they met, her MLB boyfriend decided to sweep her off her feet with a romantic date night.

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Paul Skenes chose New York for their getaway and planned a night full of surprises to woo the love of his life. Little did the Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher know that Olivia Dunne had plans of her own for the night. Here’s what happened.

Olivia Dunne surprises Paul Skenes with a TikTok debut

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The LSU gymnast uploaded a few snippets from their date night on Instagram to immortalize the magical moments they spent together. The images depicted the couple’s happiness in each other’s company.

Paul Skenes literally made sure that Dunne’s feet didn’t touch the earth with a helicopter ride around Manhattan. However, when the baton passed to Olivia Dunne, she did what she does best.

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The social media sensation made a hilarious and entertaining TikTok video and posted it with the caption, “Pauls first tok”. The video began with Dunne donning a pair of sunglasses with Paul Skenes’ face reflecting on the surface of both glasses.

In the next moment, she began to lip-sync to an audio clip. In the clip, a woman was heard to be screaming the words, “Are you from New York even? Are you from New York even? Do you have a big, black, puffer jacket even?” Her antics made Paul Skenes burst out in laughter as, just like the words in the audio, they were both wearing black puffer jackets. However, Paul Skenes’ laughter had more than one reason behind it.

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Paul Skenes’s challenges with Olivia Dunne’s fame

Ever since Olivia Dunne announced their close-knit relationship in August, the couple have not had a moment’s peace. The media and the fans followed their every movement. This sort of fanfare was new to Skenes, who once expressed his frustration saying, “It can be a pain in the bu*t sometimes, to be honest, in terms of actually going somewhere. If one of us went out in Baton Rouge by ourselves, there’s probably gonna be someone there asking for something — picture, autograph, whatever”.

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Olivia Dunne understood that it would require some adjustments and helped him navigate the attention in those early days. Now, with the TikTok debut, she has strategically inducted him into the life of a social media sensation. Now, it remains to be seen if Paul Skenes can handle the pressures of being a public figure.

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Anchal Ahuja

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I am Anchal Ahuja, an Olympic Sports writer at EssentiallySports. My love for sports grew when I first watched Olympics when I was 7-years-old. Growing up as I started to delve deeper into the sporting realm, I decided to move on with my new passion with all new hopes to get success.
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Purva Jain

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