Husband Marries Woman He Met When He Thought He Was Texting His Wife

Right, see if you're buying this one. A man claimed that he got his wife's number wrong while sending a few texts, but then ended up marrying the woman he was accidentally texting.

Yep, nothing strange about that.

I mean, we've all done it, right? Forming a deep emotional connection with someone that we texted by accident? Unavoidable, really.

Allow me to explain. Forty-six-year-old Peter McTaggart met his now-wife, 60-year-old Mary, when he sent a text to a number that was only one digit different to his wife at the time's number.

Peter McTaggart and his wife, Mary. Credit: Kennedy News and Media
Peter McTaggart and his wife, Mary. Credit: Kennedy News and Media

After getting three texts from a strange and unknown number, Mary responded to tell Peter about his mistake. However, the pair stayed in touch and exchanged texts between themselves in which they confided in each other about their ailing marriages.

Eventually, Peter travelled from his home in Bolton to stay with Mary and her husband at the time. Even by this story's standards, that's a strange one.

Inevitably, Peter's wife found out about the friendship. At a similar time, Mary split from her husband and the couple realised that it was a matter of serendipity.

Mary, from Newcastle-upon-Tyne, said: "It was fate that brought us together.

"When I first received Peter's messages, I just ignored them - I had no idea who they were from.

"I was receiving messages in the early hours of the morning because Peter worked at a similar time to me and thought he was texting his wife.

"Then one day I had the courage to say, 'I'm sorry, but I don't know who you are,' and he apologised.

"But we kept in touch on and off about our days after realising we both worked similar hours.

"We chatted about what was going on in our lives and eventually got round to talking about our relationships at the time.

"It turned out Peter was having the same problems in his relationship too and we used each other as a backbone really."

Credit: Kennedy News and Media
Credit: Kennedy News and Media

Peter explained: "I'd just bought a new phone so was saving my ex-wife's number but must have typed in the wrong digit.

"There was one number different between my wife at the time and Mary's numbers.

"I'd sent a few messages and Mary eventually messaged back explaining I'd got the wrong number.

"She explained who she was but I didn't mention it to my wife because we were going through a bad patch.

"From the same day we started talking to each other. It was a case of messaging back and forth then.

"Eventually, my wife found out about Mary but I was still keeping in touch and ringing her. She didn't like that - you can understand why.

"One day it just got too much and I left. I had to find somewhere to live."

Credit: Kennedy News and Media
Credit: Kennedy News and Media

So he did. In fact, he moved up to Newcastle to be near Mary and - while they were only friends at the time - romance blossomed after a trip to Blackpool.

In 2017, after 13 years together, the pair married. The pair put their success down to their shared sense of humour and similar experiences, as well as - you'd have to think - a fair bit of luck.

Well, all's well that ends well.

Featured Image Credit: Kennedy News and Media

Tom Wood

Tom Wood is a freelance journalist and LADbible contributor. He graduated from University of London with a BA in Philosophy before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. He has previously written for the M.E.N Group as well as working for several top professional sports clubs. Contact him on [email protected]

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