How we met: ‘My love life was in lockdown. I’d given up looking’

Clare, 36, fell for Leon, 41, after spotting him on a plane. They now live with her two children in Ipswich

Six months before the pandemic, Clare went on a holistic retreat to Spain. On her way home, she spotted someone she recognised on the flight. “I used to work in the construction industry and I’d seen him at work events,” she says. Although she didn’t speak to him, the man he was with caught her eye. “I told my friend he was fit, then forgot all about it.”

When lockdown hit in March 2020, she realised that she and the “fit man” were connected through the networking service LinkedIn. “We’d never met, but had similar work circles. He sent me a message to say happy birthday just as the UK was about to shut down. I wrote back and we chatted briefly,” she says. “We both said it was a bad time to be single, but, to be honest, my love life had been in lockdown for years. I’d given up looking.” With a marketing agency to manage and two children to care for, romance was the last thing on her mind. “I was trying to home school and save my business. I started getting up at 5.30am so I could take a long walk and clear my head,” she says.

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