Tinder’s most sought-after man has found love – after ditching the app.
More than 14,600 people swiped right for Stefan Pierre-Tomlin, 30, in two years but none proved to be Mrs Right.
After a fruitless stint on the dating app during lockdown he gave up – and immediately found love with old pal Egle Damulyte.
Stefan met the 26-year-old model – known as Damu – on a fashion photoshoot two years ago but was so focussed on online dating did not then see her as a potential partner.
Now the couple have moved in together in Greenwich, south-east London.
Stefan said: “It’s very cool to have found love outside of Tinder again because it’s quite unexpected given my title.”
He continued: “I met Damu on a photoshoot two years ago and I quite liked her but I didn’t think anything would happen between us.
“It was more of a professional relationship and we exchanged Instagrams so I kept seeing her pop up and I started to really fancy her.
“I reached out to Damu after the first lockdown and asked her on a date when we were allowed to do things together and we just clicked.
“After that we were pretty much together and have been since June.
“By the second lockdown we had moved in together and throughout the third we’re still going strong.”
Male model Stefan – who has previously dated X Factor star Natasha Boon and Big Brother’s Aisleyne Horgan-Wallace – joined Tinder so he could hunt for love worldwide.
But the trained pilot said he could not find anyone he shared a genuine connection with.
“I put my pin in lots of different places in the world and hopped around,” he said.
“I felt like a love charity for lonely people in lockdown.
“But I didn’t really feel like I was going to meet someone and ended up leaving it in the end.”
He got back in touch with Damu and after swapping messages the pair agreed to meet up for a real date – pedalling a boat together on a canal.
“The chemistry was perfect,” he said.
“I had been eyeing her up for a few years anyway so it was great that we had such a good connection romantically.
“She’s gorgeous inside and out and I’ve been really lucky. I have such a good feeling about it.
“I’ll always like Tinder and I have nothing against it. It was great for my mental health in lockdown to speak to people.
“But if you’ve had your eye on someone for a while now is a good time to try and talk to them online and get to know them a little better while we all have this free time.”