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Kelsey Merritt Says Boyfriend Conor Dwyer Helps Her Get Through Anxiety Attacks

'I learned how to be stronger because of him.'
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Proud Filipina Kelsey Merritt just finished shooting the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in New York and it's safe to say that she's living ~the dream~ out there! She's been hanging out with fellow VS models and had the best time at the after-party (I know, I know, we're jealous too)! I mean, look at that pure joy: 


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But just like all of us, celebs—and models—struggle with pressure, too. Kelsey confirmed this yesterday when she posted a sweet message on Instagram dedicated to her boyfriend, professional swimmer Conor Dwyer. In her caption, Kelsey said that Conor is one of the things she's most thankful for in her life right now. 

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"This year I put a lot of pressure on myself that I would get anxiety attacks, something that I never had to deal with before. Conor was there for me, made sure I was ok, and was always just my shoulder to cry on. I learned how to be stronger because of him." 

Kelsey added that even though they may not share details about their relationship in public, she wanted the world to know what an amazing human being Conor is! "I love you, babe," she wrote. 

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Kelsey first made her relationship with Conor public in August, when she posted photos of them in Japan. Conor, who has major swim-lebrity status, is a two-time Olympic Gold Medalist at just 29 years old. He's also *unofficial* BFFs with Sean O'Pry and the Efron brothers! 

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Here they are bundled up and looking super cozy:

Kelsey even surprised him last month by unexpectedly showing up at his door in LA!  

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They also attended this year's Vanity Fair party together: 

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