A couple who matched on a dating app in the first wave of coronavirus lockdown, decided to take their relationship to the next level — by shacking up together for the second lockdown.
Emily Champion, 25 and Nick Letherbarrow, 32, matched on Bumble in March, days before the world entered a pandemic.
When the UK went into lockdown, the pair had to cancel their first real date, and began exploring their romance virtually.
The pair would regularly FaceTime and send each other hampers with activities to do, and drinks and snacks they hoped to enjoy together one day.
“Having to go about everything in a virtual manner actually created a much deeper connection than perhaps you normally would,” Champion and Letherbarrow told Metro.UK.
On one side of London, Letherbarrow was forced to isolate in his apartment, while Champion moved back in with her parents in the Cotswolds, in South West England.
During that time, they exchanged “cocktail making kits” and Letherbarrow even sent Champion a set of paints to help her get back into her “artistic roots.”
As summer rolled around, and restrictions began to ease, the pair met for their first date, which happened to be Champion’s 25th birthday.
They opted for a “home hangout” as they feared dining out at that stage.
Both admit they were “so nervous” to finally meet in person, but immediately “clicked” once they did.
Within weeks, the couple planned on taking their first holiday together to Croatia and even launched a joint Instagram account to document their escapades.
In August, the couple appeared ‘loved up’ sharing TikTok videos and Instagram posts of their luxurious holiday.
A description of their Instagram account reads: “We found love during ‘unprecedented times’.”
In a post to Instagram, the couple called themselves the “Quaranteam” because we found love during pretty “unprecedented times” – a Global Pandemic.”
“We’ve become firm believers that everything in life is better together,” they wrote.
The pair also toured vineyards in France, and decided to quarantine together after the trip, in Champions flat in Barnes.
“You could say the downside of going to stay in a beautiful French Chateau is having to quarantine for two weeks after, however, I’d say we’ve got pretty good at it these days,” they wrote in a follow-up post.
The couple credit the coronavirus pandemic for being the “catalyst” of their relationship.
“We definitely know we can live together – it’s just so easy and fun and we make the perfect team,” they told Metro UK.
Nick and Emily are planning to travel to Italy once it is safer to do so.
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