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A woman was in disbelief after spotting herself in a random photo of her husband that was taken years before they met, having gone viral on TikTok with the revelation. Watch her video here:
Ailiz Melina Zambrano Pinargote, 26, was looking through childhood photos of her husband when she no doubt found herself having to do a double take.
The snap, which was taken 15 years ago, shows a little boy at a parade – with a a young girl in the background watching on.
Little did Pinargote know, at the time, she had been staring at her future husband Pedro Pablo Pico Moreira, now aged 29.
Speaking to NeedToKnow.Online, Pinargote, from Ecuador, said: "I don't remember anything about the photo, because I was a girl and I didn't know him, I hadn't seen him, I just remember that every year we went to the city parades with my mom."
She said she had mixed emotions when she realised the link behind the photo, continuing: "One day we went to my mother-in-law's house and I asked her to show me my husband's photo album from when he was a child and that's when we discovered the photo.
"We were totally surprised, we couldn't believe it, it gave us fear, happiness, many emotions because it is incredible that the photographer in the middle of the parade stopped him right at that moment where I appear looking at him."
After sharing the discovery online, Pinargote’s video has attracted more than nine million views and 500,000 likes, with TikTok users as stunned as she was.
One user said: "They say that before 16 you have already met the love of your life and I think it is real.”
Someone else commented: "I have read before that before meeting the person destined for you, they coincide in many places, they travel together without knowing each other yet!"
A third added: "I think that to know someone is to see them consciously because it is likely that in this or another life we have already seen them without noticing.”
Pinargote, who is the director of the Spanish company Yanbal, said she had no idea her story would have such a strong reaction online.
"For many this story seems incredible, but it is real, we believe in God and I know that he had already destined us to be together and that photo was one more proof of our love and union as spouses,” she said.
While the couple were photographed together as youngsters, they didn’t actually meet until she was 17 years old.
Pinargote had spotted Moreira around her local town, but never had the courage to speak to him.
However, fate brought them together properly when she saw him outside her university.
"I was about to enter my classroom when it turned out that Pedro was sat on a bench outside the classroom,” she recalled.
"I saw him and he looked at me (he had never seen me before), at that moment I smiled and I was very embarrassed because I'm not flirty and that was the first time something like this had happened.
"I carried on and entered my classroom.”
After Pinargote’s ‘smile’ confirmed that she was into him, Moreira – now a teacher at a local institution – messaged her on Facebook and the two spent the next fortnight talking to one another.
He eventually plucked up the courage to propose, and the pair have now been married for a year and 10 months.
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