Woman reveals her boyfriend flew 650 MILES for a date after she commented she fancied him on TikTok

A woman has told how her boyfriend flew 650 miles for their first date – after she commented on TikTok to say she fancied him.

Matt Bannon, 26, from Dallas, Texas, went viral when his pregnant sister posted a video of him racing his brother in a swimming pool as part of a gender reveal stunt. He wore pink shorts to represent ‘team girl’ while his sibling wore blue – and was the eventual champion.

Hundreds of women – including an Olympic athlete – posted admiring comments, so Taylor Bier, 25, joined in the fun and added a flirty message.

She typed ‘Ooo 25, single, saw there was an Olympic athlete on board – I might not beat that.’

Matt Bannon, 26, flew 650 miles for a first date with Taylor Bier, 25, after she commented on TikTok to say she fancied him

Matt Bannon, 26, flew 650 miles for a first date with Taylor Bier, 25, after she commented on TikTok to say she fancied him

Matt Bannon, 26, flew 650 miles for a first date with Taylor Bier, 25, after she commented on TikTok to say she fancied him

Matt went viral when his pregnant sister posted a video of him racing his brother in a swimming pool as part of a gender reveal stunt

Matt went viral when his pregnant sister posted a video of him racing his brother in a swimming pool as part of a gender reveal stunt

Matt went viral when his pregnant sister posted a video of him racing his brother in a swimming pool as part of a gender reveal stunt

CT scan technologist Taylor was then left shocked when event manager Matt replied back – and the pair hit it off immediately via Facetime calls and messages.

After just two weeks of chatting, Matt booked flights from Texas to Omaha, Nebraska – and they met at the airport just six weeks after Taylor’s cheeky message.

After a whirlwind romance, they became boyfriend and girlfriend, and have visited each other every month since.

Taylor said: ‘Meeting in person was so much better than I could’ve ever expected. It’s super crazy how things work out.’

Event manager and consultant Matt added: ‘Thank God for TikTok right?’

CT scan technologist Taylor was shocked when event manager Matt replied back - and the pair hit it off immediately via Facetime calls and messages

CT scan technologist Taylor was shocked when event manager Matt replied back - and the pair hit it off immediately via Facetime calls and messages

CT scan technologist Taylor was shocked when event manager Matt replied back - and the pair hit it off immediately via Facetime calls and messages

CT scan technologist Taylor was shocked when event manager Matt replied back - and the pair hit it off immediately via Facetime calls and messages

CT scan technologist Taylor was shocked when event manager Matt replied back – and the pair hit it off immediately via Facetime calls and messages

After just two weeks of chatting, Matt booked flights from Dallas, Texas, to Omaha, Nebraska - and they met at the airport just six weeks after Taylor's cheeky message

After just two weeks of chatting, Matt booked flights from Dallas, Texas, to Omaha, Nebraska - and they met at the airport just six weeks after Taylor's cheeky message

After just two weeks of chatting, Matt booked flights from Dallas, Texas, to Omaha, Nebraska – and they met at the airport just six weeks after Taylor’s cheeky message

Matt and his brother John went viral in a video racing against each other in the pool, each representing blue and pink for sister Lindsay’s baby gender reveal.

The video popped up on Taylor’s feed and she saw that a Canadian Olympic ice skater had already shot her shot for the man in the video in the comments.

Taylor’s comment on May 10 said: ‘Ooo 25, single, saw there was an Olympic athlete on board – I might not beat that.’

Matt replied and Taylor said their messages were ‘super easy’ and added: ‘Every conversation sparked a new conversation.’

She asked him to FaceTime to check he wasn’t a catfish – and Taylor pulled into a Target car park for what she thought was a 10 minute chat.

‘I sat in the Target parking lot for two hours and didn’t even ever go in,’ she said. ‘He was way more handsome than I ever thought he was going to be.

After a whirlwind romance, they became boyfriend and girlfriend, and have visited each other every month since

After a whirlwind romance, they became boyfriend and girlfriend, and have visited each other every month since

After a whirlwind romance, they became boyfriend and girlfriend, and have visited each other every month since

‘We both half jokingly, half seriously, mentioned that after the first time we met in person, we were kind of hoping we’d feel like more friends than anything more.

‘That would make everything easier, but, clearly that wasn’t the case.’

After two weeks of speaking to one another over FaceTime, Matt surprised her with plane tickets to visit her in Nebraska on May 24.

‘He booked it a month out, so we still had a full month to get to know each other before he actually came here for the first time,’ Taylor said.

At the airport, Matt said he shouted, ‘Oh my god, you’re real and not a catfish.’

It wasn’t until they were sitting side by side in her car she realised how weird it was to see him not through her phone.

‘She’s the sweetest, nicest person ever,’ Matt said.

The happy couple have seen each other three times since, as she flew out to Matt's hometown a few weeks after, and they attended a wedding in Denver together last weekend (pictured)

The happy couple have seen each other three times since, as she flew out to Matt's hometown a few weeks after, and they attended a wedding in Denver together last weekend (pictured)

The happy couple have seen each other three times since, as she flew out to Matt’s hometown a few weeks after, and they attended a wedding in Denver together last weekend (pictured)

Taylor added, ‘He would pinch me and be like, “sorry, never thought I would see you”. It really didn’t feel real.’

They spent their time together attending the College World Series, and Taylor introduced him to her family.

The happy couple have seen each other three times since, as she flew out to Matt’s hometown a few weeks after, and they attended a wedding in Denver together last weekend.

Taylor said: ‘We are taking things one month at a time, we both know we really like each other and that we’re not interested in meeting anyone else.

‘Matt jokes that this season of the TikTok Bachelor is over. It really does not feel like it’s only been three times of seeing each other in person, just because of how often we FaceTime.

‘We are away more than we are together, but we look at it as those three or four days together as so worth all the missing each other in between.’

Matt's sister Lindsay shared this snap of him and Taylor together in the pool where they filmed the gender reveal to say they're 'still going strong'

Matt's sister Lindsay shared this snap of him and Taylor together in the pool where they filmed the gender reveal to say they're 'still going strong'

Matt’s sister Lindsay shared this snap of him and Taylor together in the pool where they filmed the gender reveal to say they’re ‘still going strong’

They have already scheduled to visit each other one weekend of every month for the remainder of this year in different holiday spots.

Taylor said: ‘Typically I am not the person who would comment on a stranger’s video, much less follow the random guy in the video for the mere chance he follows me back and messages me.

‘But in this instance, I don’t know what got into me, but I did both of those things.

‘This was indeed a chance encounter, but because of the way things are panning out, I now more than ever have full faith in the fact that everything does happen for a reason.

‘I am so grateful for this darn app and for Lindsay and her sweet quarantine baby, because without any of that, Matt and I would still not know the other existed.’ 

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