Text mes­sage RING

The People - - NEWS FEATURES - By Tammy Hughes

WHEN lonely Jen­nie Mc­glashan had a mo­ment of weak­ness and de­cided to text her ex, the re­sult was to­tally un­pre­dictable.

Be­cause she got her old boyfriend’s num­ber com­pletely wrong... and ended up find­ing her Mr Right.

Jen­nie feared she might never be happy again af­ter her re­la­tion­ship broke down in the same year that her father died from a brain tu­mour.

But the 21-year-old shop worker had used her mo­bile to ac­ci­den­tally con­tact a to­tal stranger called Rob – and he turned out to be the man who could re­ally ring her bell.

Once he had an­swered Jen­nie’s mes­sage, the cou­ple got tex­ting, then talk­ing. They de­cided to meet, im­me­di­ately fell in love and then got mar­ried.

Seven­teen years later the cou­ple – who now have daugh­ters Grace, 11, and Sophia , seven – are still in­sep­a­ra­ble.

“Some­times I for­get how re­mark­able it is,” says Jen­nie.

“It must have been a one in a mil­lion chance, but we just clicked straight away. I knew it was some­thing spe­cial re­ally early on. I’m a big be­liever in fate.”


The cou­ple’s love story be­gan on a cold Novem­ber evening in 2001.

In a bid to move on from her ex, Jen­nie had deleted his num­ber but then de­cided to get back in touch.

She said: “I’d had quite a bit to drink and was prob­a­bly feel­ing sorry for my­self, so I sent a text which sim­ply said ‘Long time, no speak’.

“I didn’t get a re­sponse. I thought he knew who it was but didn’t want to re­ply. It was only in the morn­ing that I saw I had a mes­sage say­ing, ‘I think you’ve got the wrong num­ber.’

“I thought it was my ex pre­tend­ing he didn’t know who it was. So I texted back say­ing, ‘Very funny, it’s Jen­nie.’

“My now-hus­band came back on say­ing, ‘No, my name’s Rob. You’ve got the wrong num­ber. I live in Ger­many.’”

En­gi­neer Rob, from Manch­ester, was 28 at the time and had two phones – an English one and a Ger­man one.

He said: “I swear the English one had been turned off, but when I woke that morn­ing it was on and there was this mes­sage from a wrong num­ber.

“I don’t think I can ex­plain why we got speak­ing, but we both just wanted to keep talk­ing.”

By the time the cou­ple had es­tab­lished they were strangers, they were deep in text con­ver­sa­tion.

And Jen­nie could not get her stranger out of her mind. She said: “I was an as­sis­tant man­ager in a clothes shop in Belfast and I re­mem­ber I kept go­ing back to check my phone be­cause I wanted to hear from him. “It was very strange.” Af­ter a cou­ple of weeks of tex­ting, Jen­nie’s friends urged her to ac­tu­ally call her mys­tery man.

They were on a night out in Belfast while Rob was in an Ir­ish bar in Ger­many, with his pals.

Jen­nie said: “My friends were say­ing, ‘Ring him, ring him, and see what he’s like.’ I called, but he didn’t an­swer and I thought he didn’t want to speak to me.

“What I didn’t know was he was hold­ing his phone as it was ring­ing, but was too scared to an­swer.”

Rob’s friends per­suaded him to get

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