Some people believe in love at first sight, and that you’ll know instantly when you meet the one.
But some couples’ real life tales of falling in love are far more interesting than the fairytale – as a new Twitter thread shows.
Among the people from around the world to have shared the story of how they met their partner online was a woman who said she narrowly avoided hitting her now partner with her car – only to hit it off with him when she took him for coffee to apologise.
Another person said they hated their husband when they first began working together, only to find herself falling for him as time went on.
Many met their partners in very unromantic settings, including at the supermarket doing the weekly shop, or in one case while playing World of Warcraft online.
One tweeted: ‘Went to Trader Joe’s for the first time ever. I’m in the frozen aisle trying to figure out what vegan ice cream is and a woman walks up and says ”Are you Ethiopian?”’
‘Been married for 2 years.’
Another posted: ‘At a yard sale. He bent over to grab something and I saw how nice that a** was… 11 years later, we still going strong.’
Others said they met when they were very young and are still together years down the line.
One said: ‘We went on the worlds worst date in high school that literally was so uncomfortable. Like y’all he shook my hand when I went in for a hug. I got sick from dinner. Like holy s***.
‘But then we fell in love so like worth it.’
Another tweeted: ‘I was outside in the front lawn with a friend. I was 15 years old. We watched a family move in next door. I saw him.. he saw me. I told my friend (yes at 15) that I was going to marry him.
‘Last month we celebrated our 32nd Wedding Anniversary and have been together for 39 years!’
However, others had hilarious tales of romances that got off on completely the wrong foot.
One said: ‘I was texting & driving in a parking lot…Omw to meet a different date & almost ran over this HOT guy, I slammed my brakes…He came to my window, I thought he would yell at me…but he asked me out for a drink…
‘I quickly bailed on the other guy, & been w/hot guy since,8 yrs.’