Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas had a thoroughly modern meet-cute.
In an interview with Harper’s Bazaar UK, the Game of Thrones actress revealed how she met her now fiancé. The answer? On social media.
“We had a lot of mutual friends, and they’d been trying to introduce us for a long time,” she said. “We were following each other on Instagram and he direct-messaged me one fine day, out of the blue.”
And hey, it very much worked. Public news broke about the couple’s relationship in December 2016, and, by October 2017, they were engaged. Turner was 21 years old at the time. She opened up about her young engagement to Rolling Stone: “I think once you’ve found the right person, you just know. I feel like I’m much older a soul than I am in age,” she said.
Joe isn’t the only Jo-Bro to employ the “sliding into the DMs” tactic. In Priyanka Chopra’s recent Vogue cover story, Nick Jonas opened up about how their love story began, in part, thanks to Twitter. After meeting at the Vanity Fair Oscars party, he direct messaged the actress on the platform, asking for a date. “She responded day of with a message that said, ‘My team can read this. Why don’t you just text me,’ ” he recalls.
Social media’s use as a dating tool is a growing phenomenon overall: A recent story in The Atlantic concluded “because Instagram is such a good way to get a sense of someone’s personality and interests, it’s also a great way to suss out dating opportunities.” At the same time, more and more dating apps also give users the option to add their accounts. So when it comes to making moves on Twitter and Instagram, celebrities (they’re just like us!) seem to be a noteworthy example of a millennial trend.