Professional wrestler Anthony Bowens has opened up about meeting his boyfriend Michael Pavano.
The bisexual pro sportsman came out last March, since when he has talked about the stigma and discrimination faced by being bi.
Now Bowens has revealed how he and his boyfriend met – and it wasn’t simple.
It turns out the pair met via Instagram, but one of them was already dating at the time.
“It was far from a fairytale,” Bowens admitted.
The 26-year-old says he chatted to Pavano for a while, before finding out he actually had a boyfriend.
“It was the last break that we took before we made it official that it was over,” says Pavano.
“And that’s when I met [Bowens] and was instantly attracted to him. I was just like ‘wow’.
“I even told my ex at the time that I was so attracted to him as soon as we got back together after that break.”
But it seems Pavano’s ex/not ex wasn’t on the same page.
“I was sitting at work and I got a message from this random dude that said ‘Yo’: very vague.
“So I messaged him back and he’s like, ‘Hey, I think you know my boyfriend Michael.’
“I replied, ‘I have no idea what you’re talking about,’ which I didn’t.
“And he says, ‘Michael Pavano.’ I’m like ‘Oh yeah. I’ve had two conversations with him.’
“And he said, ‘Well, that’s my boyfriend and I would really like it if you didn’t message him anymore.’
“I didn’t know they were on a break. I didn’t know they were together or anything. So, ‘OK, you want me to delete him? I’ll delete you too. I don’t give a shit. I don’t know the both of you.’
“So I deleted him [Pavano] and I deleted the ex.”
Thankfully, he received a friend request from Pavano a few months on, ad the rest is history.