Meet the couple who moved in together after finding love online during lockdown

Crystal Barquinha and Ryan Swain.
Crystal Barquinha and Ryan Swain.

A couple who met on a Take Me Out-style virtual dating show during lockdown have now decided to move in together.

Crystal Barquinha and Ryan Swain took part in a socially distanced dating show, filmed via Zoom, but never expected to find love.

Presenter Ryan won Crystal over with his cheeky charm and before long the pair began to fall in love. After three months of talking on the phone, they finally met face-to-face. 

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More significantly, Crystal is so sure of the relationship she has quit her job as a plant-breeding technician to move into Ryan's flan more than 300 km away in Malton, North Yorkshire, England.

Crystal has started settling into her new life with a new business Whimsy Online. 

"I think that the thing we probably most got in common, alongside a lot of things, is probably the fact that we're both very adventurous people and we like exploring, we like doing the most adventurous things but at the same time we also like the fact that we don't have to spend a lot of money on each other to have a fun a great time together," Ryan says.

"That's probably one of the biggest things that we have in common."

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