By Leah Fox
A male model dubbed ‘Mr Tinder’ after becoming the dating app’s most swiped right man in history has finally found love – the old-fashioned way.
Unlucky in love Stefan Pierre-Tomlin, 29, shot to fame in 2017 after Tinder announced more users had swiped right for him – an incredible 14,600 in two years – than anyone else.
But ironically, romance blossomed with new love Natasha Boon, 27, a former X Factor contestant, in a completely traditional way after the pair met through a mutual friend on a night out – not through Tinder.
Stefan, who spent five years looking for love on dating apps before meeting Natasha in April this year, said: “When I first saw Natasha, she instantly reminded me of Marilyn Monroe – she wore a tight red dress, red lippy and her trendy blonde hair was styled amazingly.
“She knocked me off my feet and that rarely happens with me.
“I had butterflies in my stomach, which left me thinking ‘this isn’t normal for me’!
“After we spent an hour or so hanging out and chatting that night, I grabbed her number before my manager ushered me home.
“We ended up texting all night long and the rest is history – now we’re totally in love.
“Usually people these days use modern technology to find love but Natasha and I just have that natural chemistry, so it was nice to have met her the ‘old-fashioned’ way.
“After the whole Mr Tinder hype I kind of thought the universe would help me meet ‘Miss Right’ offline, and there we have it!”
Stefan’s Tinder profile.
But he struggled to build a connection with girls through the app, despite it leading to 15 dates over the two years, including one during a lads’ holiday to Marbella.
Stefan did end up in two relationships from his Tinder matches, but said generally the partnerships didn’t work out as the women were more interested in fame than his personality.
So he fell head over heels when Natasha first caught his eye this April at London’s Opium nightclub, where she was performing for the Big Narstie wrap party.
He didn’t get the chance to speak to her that night, but luckily soon after a mutual friend who was singing at a private rooftop party in Croydon invited Natasha along when he was there too.
After swapping digits and texting non-stop, the couple met up for their first date in July at Hampstead Heath Park – and have been inseparable ever since.
Stefan came to the date straight from a charity football match in Scotland and was armed with a ‘Mr Tinder’ branded suitcase, which was when Natasha found out about his unique accolade – and prompted some awkward questions.
Natasha, from Camden, said: “At first, Stef’s nickname was weird for me because I didn’t understand why he would need to use an online dating app – he’s so handsome.
“I do get a little jealous when I think about all the women he’s matched with, but I appreciate that a lot of people fancy him and I feel privileged to be with him.
“I’ve never used dating apps myself, but I think they’re great for people who are looking for love in the modern era because these days people seem to be busier than ever before, so they deliver convenience in the mix of people’s busy schedules.”
When Stefan was first dubbed Mr Tinder by a women’s magazine, he thought it was all a big practical joke but reckons the key to his successful swipe right stats was his TV appearances and modelling.
While he was active on the app, he found it challenging to find people who wanted to get to know him for him.
Stefan added: “When I was still on dating apps, I got the impression that people just wanted to speak with Mr Tinder so that didn’t make it easy for me, in the sense of working out who genuinely liked me versus those who wanted to be a bit of a roadie.”
Stefan Pierre-Tomlin, 29, with new love Natasha Boon, 27
Now Stefan, who is also a trained pilot, is head over heels for Natasha, who has jokily dubbed him ‘The Gok Wan of dating’ after sharing his relationship tips with pals.
The former dating app addict claims he’s now matched more than 10 couples by introducing them to each other at club nights and events, who are now married or enjoying solid relationships.
Natasha added: “I love his outgoing, witty and humorous personality, and his respect for people – it’s really endearing, which allows me to think of a future with him as I hold respect real high.
“He surprises me with different red lipstick all the time too, and I bought him a moonstone for his birthday which represents protection and his pure personality.
“I also love that he’s a pilot – that’s a winner for me as I love flying!”
Since their first date, the couple have gone from strength to strength after becoming official in July and have already moved in together.
Stefan said: “We’d like to start making music together and vlogging, and if things continue to go well in the future we’d like to get engaged, buy a house and start a family together.
“I love the way Natasha is so patient and that she’s a great team player, she’s kind, importantly she understands my industry and work because she’s a signed singer and been on national television.
“I also love her voice so much – it makes my hair stand on end, not that I’ve got much!”