Kelly Hildebrandt and Kelly Hildebrandt, the Facebook couple who met, fell in love and got married all because they have the same name, are getting divorced.
The pair with matching names made news when they tied the knot in 2009. But both Kelly Hildebrandts came to realize that sharing a name wasn't enough.
“She’s a Florida girl, and I’m a Texas guy,” Kelly Carl Hildebrandt (the guy) told Miami news station NBC 6. “We really did come from pretty different worlds.”
The romance started in the same world: Facebook.
One night in 2008, Kelly Katrina Hildebrandt was curious and bored. Wondering if anyone on the website shared her name, she typed it into the search engine.
Up popped Kelly Carl.
The then-20-year-old emailed the 24-year-old about the coincidence. Emails led to phone calls, phone calls to visits, and the whirlwind romance led to an engagement.
The two wed in 2009; the news made People and Today. But despite sharing a name, blond good looks and worldwide attention, the marriage crumbled.
“How do they term it at the courthouse? ‘Irreconcilable differences,' that is what I would say,” added Kelly Carl Hildebrandt. “We gave it our best shot.”