True love stories: Couple falls in love on Instagram
A picture perfect digital romance that bridges 2,500 miles.
Those were the simple first words exchanged between Matt Fleming and Robin Coe, a couple who fell in love over Instagram, the popular photo sharing app.
Matt and Robin followed each other on Instagram and occasionally commented on each other's photos, but there was one particular pic responsible for igniting their romance.
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It was 2011, and Robin had posted a photo of someone walking a dog through Toronto's cold, wintery landscape. Matt saw this, and it reminded him of his childhood, having grown up in the blustery Midwest. Among her 279,000 followers, Matt finally asked Robin to message him.
"What's up?" she replied. This prompted Matt to send her an eight-paragraph email about himself and his childhood.
"He was just so endearing and sincere. I could feel the warmth in his words," Robin, 34, told The Heart Beat. "I'd long been struggling to find my place on this earth, and despite the differences in our individual circumstances, I could relate to every single word. I didn't hesitate to write back."
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Soon enough, the two were regularly emailing while still continuing to view and comment on each other's photos. In a January 2012 email, Matt, made a bold move:
"If you want to reach my voice, this is how you get it."
To say they hit it off would be an understatement. One Skype call between the pair lasted 13 hours—they stayed up all night and finally hung up at 6 a.m. They found themselves in the middle of a full-fledged long distance relationship—Robin was in Toronto and Matt lived in Oakland, Calif.
On April 24, 2012, the couple finally met in person, The Star reports. Robin captured a photo of Matt upon first seeing him face-to-face. She says it's an odd feeling to see someone for the first time when they simultaneously seem so familiar.
"I couldn't even make eye contact with him. I'm not exaggerating," Robin told us. "For at least an hour, I couldn't look him in the eyes for more than a second or two. I was a flustered, giddy mess."
Since then, the couple has shared their blossoming romance through photos. Earlier this week, for example, Robin posted a photo of a gift from Matt—an illustration of her dog, Gracie. Looking forward to an upcoming trip, she captioned the pic:
"Have I mentioned lately that long-distance love is like holding your breath, chin tilted up towards a surface that is 36 days away?"
They say love happens when you least expect it, and that was definitely the case for Robin:
"I was at the end of a five-year-relationship...I was fully immersed in the process of getting comfortable just being on my own. I was happier than I'd been in probably a decade. And, honestly, I think that's why we found each other. I finally had room in my life to let in a little light."
"We do our best to have our next visit planned before we say goodbye. Those goodbyes are excruciating, and having something concrete to look forward to can ease the pain a bit."
Here's wishing Robin and Matt the very best in their digital-turned-real-life romance.
Photo: Robinmay via Instagram
He drew a portrait of her dog? So I'm guessing she doesn't know he's Gay yet? Totally kidding...Interesting, she alluded to just ending a 5 year relationship, and she expounded she'd been unhappy for the last ten years...wow. Pretty sure I'd be hesitant to get involved with someone who's been unhappy for a decade. I'm a "glass-is-half-full" sort of cat and I don't think I'd dive headlong into a relationship with someone who's natural disposition is one of discontentment. By the photo, she's 32 or so, basically she hasn't been happy since college or one-third of her life...wow, the sequel. Also noted she said she felt ready to "let in a little light", that describes her as a person who's cut themselves off from the world at large, she's got a third of a million followers on Instagram...someone's not being entirely honest about themselves. Grandma told me "don't listen to what people say, watch where their feet take them"
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