Ryan Lochte Tells Story Of Meeting Fiancée Kayla Rae Reid On Tinder
Ryan Lochte and his fiancée had one of the weirdest meet-cutes imaginable.
It's been an odd year for the Olympic swimmer. After evading a band of made-up Brazilian gangsters after taking home a bunch of medals at this past year's Rio games, the 32-year-old headed back to America and proceeded to get engaged to a former Playboy model, Kayla Rae Reid.
What makes their story interesting is that they met the same way I've met 85 percent of the women I've talked to in the past 15 months... through Tinder.
Yup, supposedly Tinder in certain areas is just full of Olympic athletes and Playboy models.
Lochte recalls how after swiping with the future Mrs. Him, he ran into her at a bar. The soon-to-be couple instantly recognized one another, he told Cosmo,
We did that double-take, like, 'Oh, my gosh, it's you,' and then we reached out and grabbed each other's hands.
OK, OK, OK, let's take a break for a second. Who does that?!?!
Who sees someone they recognize and automatically goes for their hands? I feel like Mother Teresa and hand doctors are the only ones that is an acceptable move for.
Also, why the hell was she on Tinder to begin with? She's a Playboy model! Shouldn't she be on some upscale dating app that's just full of Marc Cubans?!
That being said, Lochte makes sense for Tinder.
The next night, he took her on their official first date: to see Justin Bieber perform at a nightclub.
In the interview, Reid went on to prove she is Lochte's true soulmate without even meaning to when she said,
I don't like the term 'Playboy model.' I'm not a Playboy model. I'm a centerfold. Once you're a centerfold, you're a centerfold for life. I have a month designated for me. No one can take that away. I am Miss July 2015 — like, that's it.
At the end of the day, she seems to be pretty devoted to Lochte, standing by him during that whole fake robbery story.
He told Cosmo,
She was like, 'F--k this, I don't care. I'm with you no matter what... She saw my life pretty much going up in flames. I was like, 'What am I doing here? I should just die and end this.' I was getting death threats. It was just the darkest point in my life. I was like, 'I'm just never going to come out, never.'
Reid went on to say,
You kind of felt violated, in a way. Yes, he did let down a lot of Americans, and Brazilians as well, but at the same time, it felt like it was a murder case or something. It was something just completely, I don't know, catastrophic.
Luckily, their lives have seemingly turned around.
Mazel tov to the future Lochte mishpacha!