Online dating is a beautiful thing.
If you're in your 20s or 30s and have been single at any point in the last three years, chances are you've hit up Tinder or Bumble to see what all the fuss is about.
The best case scenario, of course, is you meet the perfect person and go on to live happily ever after. And if that doesn't happen straight away, you'll probably at least get some good stories out of it.
You know, good stories like accidentally matching with your cousin and only realizing you guys are related when you start talking to them.
It may sound like your worst nightmare, but it actually happened to a girl from England.
She was swiping away on Tinder without a care in the world, and when she matched with a guy named Matthew, it opened up a world of possibilities.
Would they start messaging each other? Could this be the start of some amazing love affair?
In this case… erm. No. Nuh-uh. Not even a little bit.
The girl's opening line, asking Matthew how she knew her aunt, was admittedly a strange first move — but in hindsight, it was the best possible thing she could have written.
Matthew didn't just fan the flames of romance. He stomped on them and threw the charred remains in the trash.
I uhhh. She's my aunt…?
They are so, so lucky this is how the conversation started.
Can you imagine how far this could have gone if they hadn't realized they had some relatives in common?
But — and stay with me for this one — is it also kinda sweet?
Forget Tinder, this is Friends Reunited. It's bringing families together, and isn't that wonderful?
Apparently not, according to the girl in this fairytale love story. After tweeting a screenshot of the convo with the caption, “Well I'm never using Tinder again,” she tweeted, “I can't find a date on Tinder but I can find a f***ing cousin bye!”
On the plus side, the odds of her coming across another long-lost cousin have to be pretty slim, right?