Man Flies 650 Miles For First Date With Woman Who Commented On TikTok Video
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Matt Bannon went viral when he posted a video of him having a swimming race with his brother, John, as part of a gender reveal stunt for his pregnant sister Lindsay.
Hundreds of women - including an Olympic athlete - posted admiring comments, and one of those women was Taylor Bier.
She wrote: "Ooo 25, single, saw there was an Olympic athlete on board - I might not beat that."
CT Scan technologist Taylor was then shocked to see that event manager Matt replied - and the pair subsequently hit it off via Facetime calls and messages.
After just two weeks of chatting, 26-year-old Matt booked flights from Dallas, Texas, to Omaha, Nebraska, and they eventually met at the airport just six weeks after Taylor's first flirtatious message.
After a whirlwind romance, they became boyfriend and girlfriend, and have visited each other every month since.
Taylor said: "We are taking things one month at a time, we both know we really like each other and that we're not interested in meeting anyone else.
"Matt jokes that this season of the TikTok Bachelor is over.
"It really does not feel like it's only been three times of seeing each other in person, just because of how often we FaceTime.
"We are away more than we are together, but we look at it as those three or four days together as so worth all the missing each other in between."
When they first met, Matt said he was just relieved that Taylor wasn't a catfish. But more than just avoiding embarrassment, he found someone who he really connects with.
Now the couple have already scheduled to visit each other one weekend a month for the remainder of the year.
Taylor said: "Typically, I am not the person who would comment on a stranger's video, much less follow the random guy in the video for the mere chance he follows me back and messages me.
"But in this instance, I don't know what got into me, but I did both of those things.
"This was indeed a chance encounter, but because of the way things are panning out, I now more than ever, have full faith in the fact that everything does happen for a reason.
"I am so grateful for this darn app and for Lindsay and her sweet quarantine baby, because without any of that, Matt and I would still not know the other existed."