Receiving a message from a random number rarely turns out so sweet. There might be awkwardness at best, an unsolicited graphic pic at worst.
But, for UK couple, Lina Dahlbeck and Michael Evangelou, an accidental message sent to a random number led to the pair meeting and dating. Now? They’re married.
All because one day, last September, Michael was trying to send himself a reminder on Whatsapp but mistyped his own number. Guess who the recipient was?
Michael had wanted to remind himself to watch the movie Girls Trip, the 2017 comedy starring Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Tiffany Haddish, and Jada Pinkett Smith.
But, after attempting to message himself the two words ‘Girls Trip’, he received a reply from another number: “Who’s this please?”
Michael, 44, had serendipitously added a ‘one’ to his phone number, and messaged a complete stranger, 37-year-old Lina, instead.
“I was shocked when someone texted back, saying, ‘Hi! Girls trip? Who’s this please?,” he told The Sun.
“I was so confused and, at first, assumed we’d met before. How else would I have her number?”
They quickly established that no, they didn’t know each other. But, within five hours, the makeup artist and car salesman met for drinks at a restaurant in London’s Waterloo.
“We kissed at the end of the date and the next day met up for brunch. We haven’t been apart since,” Lina told The Sun.
“I still can’t believe I met the love of my life by a mistaken text. There was something about his messages that intrigued me. He seemed really nice and funny and, when I sneaked a look at his picture, I thought he was good looking.
“The rest is history. I’m glad that technology brought us together, even if it was by mistake.”
It had been years since both Lina and Michael had been in serious relationships and the pair are convinced fate brought them together. They are wasting no time.
It took only two weeks for Michael to propose, and he did so for logistical reasons as much as anything else.
“We were talking about our dreams and I said I’d always wanted to live in Dubai. Michael said, ‘Let’s do it, let’s move there’,” Lina said.
“I pointed out it’s a Muslim country so we’d have to be married to live together. He just said, ‘Let’s do it then. Let’s get married’.”
After marrying in a small ceremony on December 7, the pair say they are excited to spend the rest of their lives together. And even though their whirlwind romance shocked friends and family at first, everyone is delighted at their happiness.
“I’d given up on love when Michael’s message popped up on my phone,” Lina said.
“My story gives hope to everyone — you should never give up.”