Every couple has a story about how they met, whether it concerns who introduced them or who asked whom out first. However, Pete and Chasten Buttigieg’s love story began on Hinge, a dating app that’s “designed to be deleted,” according to its website. Translation: This is a place for optimistic singles to find lasting love.
The couple’s road to romance began in 2015, just months after Pete Buttigieg publicly came out as a gay man in an essay written for the South Bend Tribune. While discussing the first time he laid eyes on his future husband, the mayor revealed on The Van Jones Show, “As soon as I saw his pic, there was something in his eyes. I said, ‘I gotta meet this guy.’ And then I did.” (Cue the chorus of “awws.”) Unlike the popular dating app Tinder, he didn’t “swipe right” on humanities teacher Chasten Buttigieg (né Glezman), but instead sent him a “like.” It’s a similar concept, but a different format.
The lovebirds tied the knot just three years later. And, of course, Hinge CEO Justin McLeod was especially thrilled about the couple’s success story with the app, telling Slate, “Obviously it’s really exciting for us to think that we could have paired a first couple.” We can’t say for certain, but we have a feeling Hinge’s customer base may have expanded ever since the Buttigieges’ meet-cute went public.