Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Tinder sends couple with a long history of near misses on epic date to Hawaii

tinder.jpg

Tinder is not exactly famed for its romantic credentials but execs at the eponymous dating app played Cupid in an old-school, Barry White-style manner recently, when they stepped in to help two young students who were forever... not quite getting together.

The story of Ohio seniors Michelle Arendas, 21, and 22-year-old Josh Avsec reads like the script of a slightly anti-climactic rom com. 

Their non-romance began when Arendas replied to Avsec's hello message two months late, joking, “Hey, sorry my phone died!”

Ever since that fateful encounter almost three years ago, the pair – who both study at Kent State University – have checked in with one another every few months to exchange banter over excuses for not seeing each other.

Both him and her, it transpires, were just going with the flow of the joke to see what happened.

“I was not really expecting he would message me back and play along with it. I thought my message to him would be the end of it,” Arendas tells Buzzfeed, of her original quip.


Read more: Stylist investigates the rise of dating burnout


“I didn’t think she was interested. I just took it as a joke, so every couple of months I’d check Tinder and I’d get a message,” says Avsec.

However their non-goer of a relationship was given wings all of a sudden, when Avsec tweeted about their little back-and-forth game (above).

Hawaii

Match made in heaven? Josh Avsec and Michelle Arendas

Their playful exchanges immediately caught the imagination of the internet, who cheered the couple on and urged them to get together for real.

Needless to say, the whole thing got a bit over-excited, with folks offering to pay their drinks, put them up in hotels and even officiate their wedding ceremony, should it come to that...

Eventually, the guys and girls over at Tinder heard about the story and – in a truly Hollywood move – came up trumps by promising to take the couple on a date to any city of their choice.

The pair will share their first date in Maui

The pair will share their first date in Maui

Arendas and Avsec brilliantly opted for the Hawaiian island of Maui as their destination of choice; with plenty of sunshine, palm trees and cool ocean vibes to conjure up a mood of romance.

Those watching the story closely couldn’t be more delighted for the couple – in fact, it seems the entire viral world is right there on the sidelines of their exotic date, egging them along:

So, how will this mesmerising tale of missed opportunities and impromptu romance conclude?

With so many strangers personally invested in it, we can only hope the Maui date goes swimmingly.

Watch this space.

Images: iStock and Twitter

Related

tinder love.jpg

Here’s how to find out who has already right-swiped you on Tinder

salenger oswalt.JPG

Widow nails why we should never accuse someone of moving on “too soon”

woman phone.jpg

This woman’s novel way of dealing with explicit photos on Snapchat

More

Revealed: the world’s best cities to live in

London didn't even make the top 50...

by Sarah Biddlecombe
16 Aug 2017

Discover an unspoilt corner of Sicily

With miles of wild, sandy beaches, a rich history and even richer cuisine, Stylist falls for south-east Sicily

by The Stylist web team
15 Aug 2017

You could rent a private Caribbean island for under £500

All your holiday dreams are about to come true

by Megan Murray
09 Aug 2017

8 Disney castles you can actually visit in real life

08 Aug 2017

Swim off Shetland's secret beaches

Wild swimming doesn't get much wilder than Scotland's shores; Stylist leaps in

by Anna Hart
08 Aug 2017

Is the ‘wanderlust gene’ the reason why you can’t stop travelling?

Some research suggests that thrill-seekers share a certain gene. But that isn’t the whole story

by Moya Crockett
04 Aug 2017

The world’s best sleeper train routes

Time to bunk up, from the UK to Europe and beyond

by Anna Brech
02 Aug 2017

This is how to find the cheapest flights on the internet

Less money spent on flights equals more money for the aperol spritz budget

by Sarah Biddlecombe
02 Aug 2017

Grab some friends and escape to a Balearic paradise

Stylist heads to a Mallorcan villa in search of sun, seclusion and stunning views

by Stylist
01 Aug 2017

Retreat to a fantasy pad in northern Cornwall

Stylist is one of the first to stay at the UK's coolest self-catering bolthole

by Susan Riley
25 Jul 2017