A Ukrainian couple who grew uninterested in arguing are attempting to fix their on-off relationship by handcuffing their fingers collectively for 3 months and documenting their experiences on social media.
On-line automobile salesman Alexandr Kudlay, 33, and beautician Viktoria Pustovitova, 28, started what they name their “experiment” on Valentine’s Day and have since gained 1000’s of followers on Instagram.
“When it comes to bodily consolation, with every single day passing, we’re getting used to it an increasing number of. It will get simpler,” Kudlay advised Reuters of their flat within the japanese metropolis of Kharkiv.
He got here up with the concept after Pustovitova mentioned she needed to interrupt up with him.
“We used to interrupt up a few times per week. When throughout one other combat Vika as soon as once more mentioned that we needed to break up, I replied: ‘Then I’ll connect you to myself.'”
Pustovitova refused his thought at first, hanging up the cellphone on him the primary time he instructed it, however ultimately modified her thoughts. For almost a month now, neither has had any private area and so they do all the pieces collectively, from grocery buying to cigarette breaks.
“I made a decision will probably be an fascinating expertise for me, that it’s going to deliver into my life new vivid feelings which I didn’t expertise earlier than,” Pustovitova mentioned.
“I like him, so I got here to a choice to do it.”
Now they put up pictures of themselves on Instagram portraying an idyllic coexistence, full with captions stressing the significance of mutual respect and understanding. They’ve additionally appeared on speak exhibits on Ukrainian tv.
As for his or her relationship, “some pressure has come up”, however the couple say they’ve discovered new methods of coping with discord.
“Fights between us didn’t disappear, we nonetheless combat. However once we method a lifeless finish and there’s no understanding between us, we merely cease speaking as a substitute of packing up our issues and strolling away,” Kudlay mentioned.
The general public response has been a mixture of reward, skepticism, and easy curiosity. Feedback on Instagram vary from “Beautiful couple” to “Can anybody clarify me what for?”.
Among the many most burning questions is how the couple go to the bathroom. The reply: The opposite has to attend outdoors with a hand remaining inside the toilet. They take turns showering.