Hello! It’s that part of the festive season where we have all seen Love, Actually approx 6 times already, so I thought it was time for another instalment of Love at First Tweet to get a ‘Real Life’ Romance fix.
For new readers, I am on a quest to share real-life love stories to bring cheer and fuzzy feelings after The Shittest Year Ever™. As such, 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.
Okay. So, who made the first tweet move?
Lex: I did. Aaron had over *2,000* followers on Twitter so he was pretty much famous in my eyes. He tweeted about a film and I replied. Notice the empty, gaping chasm where he ignored me? YEP.
Aaron: She basically stalked me.
(Screenshot submitted as evidence) (This doesn’t constitute stalking Aaron…)
What were your thoughts on each other – did you fancy their online personas?
Lex: I thought he was absolutely hilarious. And a bit strange. I stand by this assessment.
People say this about me sometimes…
Aaron: Same, she was funny, gorgeous, smart, slightly terrifying, everything you could ever want in a woman.
People never say this about me, (apart from the terrifying bit..)
What circumstances did you first meet in real life?
Lex: I drunkenly suggested he come to London to hang out with me. I had been made redundant so I had a lot of time to kill. I met him at Paddington, we got drunk, he tried to kiss me, I pretended he didn’t, we drank some more, I eventually kissed him back and from that moment I was smitten. Disgusting, isn’t it?
Aaron: I remember it being me that suggested we meet up but I have been wrong about many things before. But yes, met at train station, got drunk, tried to kiss her, she avoided it and stuffed chips into her face to pretend it had never happened. It was like something from a film.
Did you feel paranoid about your tweets after that first interaction? If you think about it, it’s like the online version of your date following you round all day and you wanting to look cool!
Lex: I didn’t feel pressure to impress Aaron, but I felt like we were conducting our entire relationship with an audience. It was an odd feeling.
Aaron: After our first argument I am pretty sure there were some less than subtle subtweets we did about each other, because we are idiots. It’s been interesting that so many people who have followed us both for so long have accidentally watched two people get together.
Was it an instant attraction IRL or a slow burner?
Lex: Instant. He was even more handsome in person than he was in pictures.
Aaron: She was a lot cooler than I was/am and completely out of my league so yeah, instant.
What’s the status of your relationship right now?
Lex: We’re married! Hooray!
Aaron: What she said.
Do you ever get jealous now if you see your partner tweeting other boys / girls (delete as appropriate!)
Lex: I don’t get jealous as I trust him completely… Also pretty much everyone knows we’re married and people gossip on Twitter so if he was stupid enough to sneak into someone’s DMs then word would get back to me within 5 seconds!
Aaron: Never. One day Anna Kendrick will reply to my advances and we shall see what happens after that.
Anna will have Lex’s back, I am absolutely SURE of it.
Is there any competitiveness between you guys in terms of the #numbers?
Lex: Ha! Not even a little bit. I am a very small fish in comparison to Aaron!
Aaron: We use twitter for different reasons now. When we started off it was just nonsense, hashtag games, silly jokes. Now it’s different. Lex mainly uses it for work, and I’m just a prat.
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?!
Lex: Yes, I will unashamedly use that massive following! I try to only do it when it’s really necessary as I know that his followers probably don’t like hearing about beauty stuff as much as they want to hear funny jokes!
Aaron: Maybe. Shut up. It’s none of your business. You’re not my real dad.
Has your partner ever posted something about you (pics or content!) that you weren’t happy about?!
Lex: I can’t think of anything. Everyone assumed I would be furious that he posted the ‘reasons my wife is crying’ picture. I found it hilarious (I’m very aware that I’m a ridiculous, tear-soaked person) although I do wish he hadn’t tagged me in it. The notifications are still rolling in a year later!
YES that truly went viral. I loved it because it endorsed the fact that I also cry AT THE DROP OF A HAT.
Aaron: She keeps telling people about the food I don’t like and then I get a backlash from the cheese community calling me a freak.
That cheese community are a tricky bunch.
Do you ever get annoyed if your partner is ON TWITTER when you’re hanging out together?
Lex: If I was annoyed every time Aaron was on Twitter when we were together, I would spend my life incandescent with rage.
Aaron: You spend more time on twitter than I do! LIES. SCANDAL.
What’s your favourite quality in your partner?
Lex: He makes me cry with laughter on a daily basis.
That sounds like an absolute dream come true.
Aaron: She loves me for who I am and is the one thing that keeps me grounded.
If you could give me one piece of advice on how to meet a new love via Twitter, what would it be?!
Lex: It’s SO clichéd, but just being yourself. The thing I love about Twitter is finding like-minded and lovely people, just through sharing your personality and quirks. If a follower still wants to meet you for a drink after reading your incoherent drunk tweets, rants about fellow commuters, endless selfies, and photos of brunch, then it might just be true love.
Aaron: Exactly that. Be honest about who you are as a person and make sure you follow the one rule for twitter, don’t be a dick.
I am a big fan of this rule, Aaron. AND I AM A BIGGER FAN OF YOU TWO. Thank you so much for sharing your love story. Long Live Love on Twitter ❤