In a quest to share the love after The Shittest Year Ever™ , I have asked couples who have met in unusual places to tell me their love story. I started with Twitter, because I LOVE TWITTER, and because people are ace, some great couples agreed to take part!
Twitter has given me so much comfort during dark days, so much laughter, so many pals and such fun. The thought that people can find LOVE there just makes me Happy as Larry (Lamb).
My next couple in this Love at First Tweet series are the amazing Louise and Ryan. They are The Best. So funny and young and clever and YOUNG. Can you tell I am jealous of their youth?! But not so jealous that I cannot thoroughly enjoy their lovely, funny story. And so, without further ado, I give you RyLo…
So… who made the first tweet move?
Louise: Me. I fancied him as soon as I followed him and desperately tried to flirt with him for months. He ignored me. Arsehole.
Ryan: I didn’t ignore her. Not, like, intentionally anyway. She made the first move. Tweeted me and then added me on Facebook. After we’d tweeted a few times though.
What were your thoughts on each other – did you fancy their online personas? Louise: I thought he was funny. He was good at tweeting along to TV shows (v important) and once shot down a horrible, racist homophobe in defense of a friend which definitely made me fancy him more.
Ryan: She made me laugh. I can’t even remember the first gag she made (not in its entirety anyway) when we started to talk on Facebook, but I was like “she’s funny, I like that”. It was a big win for me. Plus she’s got cracking eyes.
She certainly does, Ryan! So what circumstances did you first meet in real life? Louise: After he FINALLY SLID INTO MY DMs he asked if I wanted to go out with him once he’d moved to London the next month. I was at home in Essex for the summer, which was handy. We went to London Zoo. Best first date.
Ryan: We went to the zoo. I’d never been to London Zoo before, and as I was new to London she was firmly in charge. And we even ended up watching EastEnders (with subtitles) in an All Bar One. Top notch first date.
Did you feel paranoid about your tweets after that first interaction? Louise: Yes. Not because of Ryan but because of everyone else watching us. We were in the same ‘circles’ and he was my first proper boyfriend so I was worried about looking gross or desperate or clingy or I DON’T KNOW. I didn’t know how to behave, which was silly.
Ryan: Kind of. I mean she’d already seen me live tweet a date I had with myself (I made pasta and watched Dirty Dancing), so I guess she’d kind of seen me at my most embarrassing. But the potential for further embarrassment is never very far with me.
This sounds like the best type of date ever. I’m going to it ASAP. With additional snacks. Was it an instant attraction IRL or a slow burner?
Louise: Aha. Ahahahaha. Ahaha. Good question. It took me four dates to finally be like OK YES I LIKE HIM. After the third date I was ready to pack it all in, I wasn’t feeling it at all. Then something just… clicked on date four.
Ryan: I liked her straight away. And the feeling was mutual. Wait, what?
Ha! Play it cool, Ryan…
What’s the status of your relationship right now (ooo deep question!)
Louise: Well I moved in with him and his flatmate a year ago, we’re planning to move into our own place next year, and I’m constantly asking him to give me babies, so. We’re pretty good.
Ryan: It’s great. We talk about future stuff all the time. And what our future place will look like. Dog’s name. Babies. There will be babies. But maybe the baby dog first.
PLEASE HAVE A BABY SOON. They’re so cute. Okay, do you ever get jealous now if you see your partner tweeting other boys / girls (delete as appropriate)…
Louise: Nope. Neither of us are on Twitter much now anyway, and if we are, we use it differently to how we used to. I tweet about work and writing, and he bangs on about football. Oh and we both still tweet about TV.
Ryan: Nah. We only really tweet about TV and charity stuff. Or football. Or food. Or running. But we’re not boring. Shut up.
There is nothing on God’s Green Earth, better than TV guys. Not boring at all.
Now, is there any competitiveness between you guys in terms of the #numbers?
Louise: No, he knows I’m funnier than him.
Ryan: She obliterates me in the numbers game. But I don’t even care anyway. Pfft whatever, man.
Yes, let’s be honest, women ARE funnier than men……. Have you ever asked your partner to RT one of your tweets if you feel like it’s killer content but just not getting the love?!
Louise: Definitely not, what a silly question. Of course I haven’t, who would even do such a thing, right? Pfft. Gosh.
Ryan: I’m doing the side eyes emoji so hard right now.
One of the top pros of having a boyfriend is surely so they can RT your tweets, SURELY.
Has your partner ever posted something about you (pics or content) that you weren’t happy about?!
Louise: *cough* There may be a certain embarrassing photo of Ryan that I accidentally sent viral… and still post whenever is appropriate for a meme or hashtag… or if anyone’s having a bad day. But he loves the attention, right Ryan? *kicks*
Louise…. do you mean THIS PHOTO. I am TRANSFIXED.
Ryan: That bloody photo. That ruddy, bloody photo.
That ruddy, bloody photo SHOULD BE IN A MUSEUM, RYAN!
Do you ever get annoyed if your partner is ON TWITTER when you’re hanging out together?
Louise: I’m just gonna let Ryan answer this one…
Ryan: “Pay attention to me. Stop looking at your phone.” So I stop looking at my phone. Oh look, Louise is on her phone.
What’s your favourite quality in your partner?
Louise: He makes me feel like I’m home. God, that’s gross. Sorry. But he does; he makes me feel comfortable, confident, loved, and like my, our, future is going to full of adventure. And that’s all I want.
Ryan: She is just the best. She’s kind, and super tough. Constantly manages to pull me back together when the shittest things happen. She is my rock… Stop throwing up.
Guys, this is too much!! I need to find a love like this. If you could give me one piece of advice on how to meet a new love via Twitter, what would it be?!
Louise: If you like someone, if you find them funny or fit or brave or strong or just lovely, then tell them. Don’t fanny about, life’s too short. And it might save you months of looking like a twat.
Ryan: Basically what she said. But also don’t try and force it. Just be honest and let it happen.
Got it! Like a balance of ‘Be keen, BUT NOT TOO KEEN!’. Right, well thank you SO MUCH Ryan and Louise for sharing your story. I ruddy, bloody LOVED IT!
If you enjoyed this piece, stay tuned… I will be sharing more love stories in the lead up to Christmas. Now pass me the mistletoe ❤