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Get the latest beauty and fashion news, trends, and more—straight to your inbox! We matched in August and got married this year. In lateI got out of a five-year relationship so the whole online dating thing was quite new to me. All my friends were either married or in relationships so I felt alone—I had to get out there and try it.
Superficial, just for sex, full of morons: these are just some of the critiques levelled at dating apps.
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But my philosophy — and I literally wrote the book on Tinder — is that if you are meeting people then there is the potential to meet someone special. I met my boyfriend on a dating app and I am not alone: there are thousands of us, loved-up thanks to a single swipe.
I first saw my now boyfriend on Tinder : rugby kit, gorgeous dreadlocks. Friends are hopeless sometimes. We now live together and have a crazy amount of weird connections and mutual friends — we had probably been at the same parties but never met.
I had strict swiping rules: tattoos — swipe left. Selfies — swipe left.
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Shirtless selfies — swipe left as fast as possible. I wanted to date people with a good sense of humor, so I looked for guys with a description or pictures that made me giggle. I came across a guy who was extremely cute, looked like he was a ton of fun and seemed genuine… little did I know I was swiping right on my future husband.
I could be a homeless stripper.
We dated for a dating before we moved online together, got engaged shortly after and have now been married for two successes. We both acknowledge that Tinder can be superficial: all you know is that you are attracted to the person and it is a leap of faith that you will hit it off. I had arranged two dates in one day and both were rubbish, so I decided to message her in case she was free — third time lucky. We had dinner the following week and that was it — two-and-a-half stories and counting, and I love her more every day.
We matched, chatted for about 10 days as I was out of town and then had our first date at a gin bar in Soho. One evening my flatmate and I ed Tinder after several glasses of Rioja; my boyfriend was the first person I matched with.
I panicked before our first date in case he was an axe murderer, but we met on the South Bank and wandered from pub to pub before grabbing some unplanned dinner. We both knew pretty quickly that this was something different and before long we were sharing amazing holidays, tiny urban apartments and lots of wine.
We moved in together, he proposed a dating later on a beach in Australia and we got married last December. I was in the Netherlands when I used the app and he was Dutch, so I was nervous about the language barrier — online from texting I could tell his English was success. We decided to go to a gig, although I turned up an hour early and had to go home and come back again. Very awkward. She initially cancelled because she had food poisoning and when it came to finally meeting I was so nervous I ate a whole bag of Percy Pigs beforehand.
It was really weird.
I would tell anyone looking for love to never give up, believe in your worth and know that you deserve to find someone amazing. Visit Metro's Rush Hour Crush online every weekday at pm.
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