'I Fell In Love With A Man I Met Online In Lockdown - And He's Moving In From Australia'
Rosanna Wilson, 32, set up a blog about single life in July this year - and received a message from Andrew Monck, who had been watching her videos all the way from Sydney, Australia.
Rosanna decided to give Andrew, 33, a guest slot on her channel - but felt an instant spark when the two decided to video call for the first time.
Soon, flirty messages led to a deeper attraction, with the pair making their long-distanced relationship official in August.
The couple managed to make the 10,000 mile difference redundant by organising video dinner dates, visited the beach together by screen-sharing and binge-watched Netflix across time-zones.
And now, with the UK in the grip of a second lockdown, Rosanna has revealed that Andrew is flying in to Heathrow Airport so the pair can start their life together.
The Torquay resident explained: "I never imagined I would be in a long-distance relationship. I even set my Tinder radius to 10 miles - nothing more.
"I have surprised myself with how we have made it work.
"When we first started having feelings for each other we said 'this is ridiculous. We're on the opposite side of the world - we're going through a global pandemic.""
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Rosanna added that she's forgone any of her usual dating etiquette while she's been seeing Andrew.
"Usually when you're dating you think 'I can't double text him, I can't do this or that'. You think you need to be cool," she said.
"I wasn't. I was myself with him because I thought 'he's 10,000 miles away - if it doesn't work, it doesn't work'.
"In essence, it teaches you that when you're yourself, you find the love of your life."
The pair become close after a friend recommended Andrew started watching Rosanna's YouTube channel, titled The 30-Something Singleton, after a difficult break-up.
Since realising their attraction, the pair have worked hard to make their relationship work - working out a schedule to ensure they make time from each other every day.
Andrew has (virtually) taken Rosanna to the beach, to the Sydney Opera House and has even cooked dinner from afar.
He is now planning to stay in the UK on a travel extension visa until borders reopen in Australia - which might not be until the end of next year,
Speaking about their love story, Andrew said: "Communicating properly with each other is so important.
"You gauge somebody's emotions and feelings physically and when you don't have that, it's so much more important just to keep talking to each other.
"It sounds so weird to be with someone when you haven't even held their hand, but there are days where Rosanna calls to say 'I've missed you so much today' and I feel the same.
"It's just about talking to each other."
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