Aaron Hussey and Reed Badman had only been on five dates when they found themselves plunged into coronavirus lockdown together.
Just three weeks later, they’re a coupl. They say coronavirus lockdown has helped them get to know each other. How could it not?
Aaron, 34, and Reed, 25, first met on Instagram a few months ago and they started chatting and both realized early on that they really liked each other. One little obstacle: Reed lived in Cardiff and Aaron lived 3 hours away in London. Meeting in person wasn’t so easy.
But they managed to meet “a couple of times” and “talked a lot”. Then Reed got offered a job in London!. He moved to the capital quickly, but rented his own place as he still hardly knew Aaron.
“And then the coronavirus stuff started.”
Aaron says. One day, while visiting Aaron, Reed found out that his housemate had come into contact with a suspected case of COVID-19. They decided to exercise caution, and Reed spent the next few days in Aaron’s house.
“He stayed for a few days to protect himself and see how that played out. And then in the middle of that time, the lockdown was announced and it just made sense for him to stay until Boris Johnson told us otherwise…”
In the meantime, PM Boris Johnson himself contracted the virus himself, but he’s out of the hospital now though.
Going into lockdown with someone you’ve only been on a few dates with could be a recipe for disaster. But Aaron and Reed say that 3 weeks on, they’re officially a couple and loving every minute they spend together.
“When you’re suddenly locked in a house with someone 24/7 it definitely accelerates the ‘getting to know you’ phase. Luckily we’ve not annoyed each other too much and haven’t run out of things to say yet.”
Reed echoes this sentiment.
‘“We’d already had some really nice moments together, but suddenly being forced into lockdown certainly accelerated things. But in the strangest way, it’s been kind of nice to get to know somebody without any distractions.”
…there’s something about a global pandemic that makes you suddenly realize that sometimes you have to just go with the flow and let things happen as they happen.”
“In a weird way, I’m really happy that this is the way we’ve started our relationship because we have really been able to get to know other with distractions. And it’ll make for an excellent dinner party story.”
The new couple have kept busy during lockdown and have spent plenty of time cooking and baking together and they’ve started watching Schitt’s Creek from the start and have been going out for their government-sanctioned daily run together.
“We were going to learn a language and write a book, but then Disney+ launched and that all went out of the window.”
Good luck guys, if you can stay locked up together for weeks on end, you can weather any storm, lets hope.
#ConDRAGulations, Aaron & Reed!
(Photos, provided; via Pink News)