He Tweeted About a 'Hot Girl' in 2009. His Next Tweet Was Awesome

Jared Matthews' 2009 joke paid off in the end
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 19, 2019 9:00 AM CST
A Spicy Love Story Told in 2 Tweets— a Decade Apart
Florida's Jared Matthews is now happily married to his "jalapeno."   (Getty Images/Gordo25)

Before logging off Twitter for a decade, Jared Matthews tweeted about meeting "a really hot girl" who was half Japanese and half Filipino. "Think i ruined it by constantly callin her a jalepeno," he wrote on Nov. 28, 2009. Turns out he didn't ruin anything. Matthews, 32, revisited his account this month to announce—in a tweet liked more than 640,000 times—that he's now married to the woman he met at a bar in Las Vegas. "I'm not going to lie to you, I was getting a little drunk" at the time of their first meeting, Matthews tells BuzzFeed. "Fortunately, she found the jalapeno joke hilarious" and "we continued talking for weeks," he tells Yahoo, adding he proposed marriage after three years of dating.

Congratulations have been flooding in despite the fact that the marriage has now been going strong for seven years. Matthews—who lives with his wife, 31-year-old Analyn, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.—is even offering relationship advice. "It's truly about the personality and the way they make you feel," he writes. And "for everyone dealing with nervousness about telling someone how they feel: You miss 100% of the shots you don't take." The love story has "made people a little existential and sentimental about a decade that is so quickly reflected in two tweets," Tanya Chen writes at BuzzFeed. "I can't believe we've been on this hell-forsaken website for a decade," she adds of Twitter, "and don't @ me saying this isn't news." (More Twitter stories.)

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