The world’s shortest couple has gotten engaged, eight years after social media brought them together. Katyucia Hoshino and Paulo Gabriel da Silva Barros, from Brazil, both have forms of dwarfism and measure a combined five feet and eight inches.
Paulo, 30, popped the question in front of friends during a sushi dinner. Katyucia, 27, made sure he wasn’t joking before accepting with a huge grin on her face.
Katyucia and Paulo, who stand at 35.2 inches and 34.8 inches respectively, hope to enter the Guinness book of world records once they tie the knot – thus becoming the world’s shortest married couple, a title which currently belongs to another Brazilian couple: 46-year-old Douglas Maistre Breger da Silva and 43-year-old Claudia Pereira Rocha.
Paulo and Katyucia met on a social media website and started chatting on MSN Messenger. It was love at first sight for Paulo but Katyucia didn’t reciprocate and at first blocked him on the instant messaging site.
“The first time I started talking to Paulo, he was really annoying. He had cheap pick up lines”.
Paulo, who works as a legal secretary, said:
‘She thought I was trying to flirt but I was just being nice. According to her I was a really boring guy.’
That would have been the end of the matter, if Katyucia hadn’t suddenly decided to unblock him 18 months later.
Now, the world’s shortest couple have started planning their ceremony, not long after Paulo summoned the courage to pop the question. He told Katyucia ahead of time that he would take her out for dinner. Amidst grave nervousness, he was sure he was going to forget his well rehearsed lines so he decided to speak from his heart.
Their friends didn’t know ahead of time that they were about to witness a proposal. All were sharing sushi when Paulo began:
‘As everyone knows, we’ve been together for eight years, between living together and dating.
‘And we haven’t gotten married yet. And since you are friends that have accompanied our journey for a long time I wanted to share this with you and ask her to marry me.’
Katyucia had a startled look on her face during his monologue. She asked him if he was serious and jokingly checked if he had a fever.
Then, once she made sure Paulo meant every word, she finally replied: ‘Of course I do!’
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