Siblings Erik and Josephine were separated 15 years ago when their parents split up. They have been reunited via Tinder this year!
They are Erik de Vries and Josephine Egberts. According to Jezebel, Erik's father took him to live in Belgium and Josephine stayed with her mother in The Netherlands. Soon, the siblings lost contact with each other and didn't reconnect until they both thought the other was attractive on Tinder.
Separated for 15 years, Eric eventually moved back to The Netherlands for school, and in March 2015, like any other young adult, joined Tinder and started swiping
"The first time I swiped her profile I had absolutely no idea," de Vries told Mic. "To be honest, it hasn't been on my mind in the past few years after Maarten, my brother, and I finished a failed search for Josephine a few years ago."
And yet he happened to swipe right, assuming Egberts was just a nice stranger. So de Vries started talking to her like anyone else. "In our first conversation, I was actually flirting with her, so the conversation was very superficial," he said.
Eventually things got weird
But then curiosity got the best of him and he just had to know whether the woman he had flirted with might be his long-lost sister
The two exchanged stories about their pasts — parents with a rocky divorce, long lost siblings — and soon realized: They were brother and sister.
“The fact that we had a lost sister and she had lost her twin brothers did give her suspicion as well,” de Vries said. According to the NL Times, the two siblings met up a week later.
The pair are now happily reunited
Sjoerd Zwart, a writer for an online dating review website in the Netherlands called Datingsite Kiezen, got wind of the story from a friend, who also knew de Vries, Zwart told Mic. So earlier this month, he reached out to de Vries and ended up bringing all three siblings together for a family portrait, their first in 15 years.
"When I saw him, it was suddenly very clear," Egberts, now 22, told Datingsite Kiezen. "It was so special to see my own blood brother again after 16 years."