Husband and wife, Kelly and Kelly Hildebrandt decided to file for divorce after 3 happy years together.
Mr. Hildebrandt told NBC on Friday that it was all just because of irreconcilable differences and that they had truly given it their best shot.
Not long after the couple filed for divorce in March, the husband Kelly returned to his hometown of Lubbock, Texas, where his tree service is located.
“She’s a Florida girl, and I’m a Texas guy. We really did come from pretty different worlds.” he said.
Mr Hildebrandt went to South Florida just this week to meet with his former wife for the first time since the split, saying that there were no hard feelings.
Their crazy romance for the digital age took the world by storm in 2009 and it all started in February of that year when the female Kelly stumbled upon the Facebook profile of her future husband.
She was fascinated to discover that they had both shared the same first and last name. Immediately, she had sent off a friendly message to note the awesome coincidence.
After just 3 weeks of phone and online conversations, 24 year old Mr. Hildebrandt flew down to meet his 20 year old female counterpart in South Florida. The two had instantly fell head-over-heels for each other.
A few months into the relationship, Ms. Kelly had found a diamond engagement ring hidden in a treasure box planted on the beach earlier by Mr. Hildebrandt.
“He is just everything that I’ve ever looked for. There have always been certain qualities that a guy has to have, and he has all the ones I could think of – and more.” Ms. Kelly said about her fiancé at the time.
What had launched their international fame was when NBC had covered their story in July of 2009, leading to appearances from them on several different shows, including The Today Show.
In October, they had their wedding at Lighthouse Point in front of 100 or so guests, and a picture of their nuptials had made it into People Magazine.
Although Mrs. Kelly refused to publicly address the split, her mother released a statement saying: ‘Yes, I am sorry to say they have separated. I am happy to say they have remained good friends and are both doing well.’
Mr. Hildebrandt, thinking ahead, said he would be very reluctant to marry anyone sharing his name again so as not to become food for the media.