Don't doubt the power of a direct message, y'all. Though sliding into Instagram DMs has a bit of a bad rap — as it can be perceived as too forward, too impersonal, or even a little creepy — it works more often than you may realize. Next time you're thinking about shooting your shot, I suggest using these celebrity couples who met through Instagram DMs as inspo. Whether they tried corny pickup lines or kept their messages short and sweet, a few A-listers have proven that posting thirst traps on IG isn't the only way to get someone's attention.
Here's the cool thing about asking someone out through a direct message: If they turn you down or don't reply, no one ever has to know. While some of these celebs got instant responses, others were kept on read for months (though IMO, Barbara Palvin had a good reason for waiting to reply to Dylan Sprouse's DM). Not all inbox romances have led to a fairytale ending, but may celebs have turned their DM connection into long-term relationships, engagements, marriage, and even babies. Too shy to DM your crush? Maybe these A-list success stories will give you the confidence to take the plunge.