Romance is nice, but not necessary. What is needed is love.
Like DP and water. Dr. Pepper is nice, but not necessary. One only needs water for life.
This is the problem with teenagers. Love is confused with romance and romance with love. It is believed that without romance one is without love. Or one will yearn so much for romance that love is lost.
Love lives in life and relationships. Romance is but one form or flavor of this greater thing that is love.
So let us know that romance may be desired, but is never required.