Photo from December 2008 of Kelly Katrina Hildebrandt, 20, left, and Kelly Carl Hildebrandt, 24, in South Florida. …
The couple who met, fell in love and married over a shared name, have now filed for divorce. Kelly Hildebrandt and Kelly Hildebrandt have gone their separate ways.
The pair with matching names made news when they tied the knot in 2009. But the couple came to realize that sharing a name wasn't enough to keep them together. “She’s a Florida girl, and I’m a Texas guy,” Kelly Carl told Miami news station NBC 6. “We really did come from pretty different worlds.”
The romance started in the same world: Facebook. One night in 2008, Kelly Katrina was curious and bored. Wondering if anyone on the website shared her name, she typed it into the search engine on the social networking site and up popped Kelly Carl.
The then-20-year-old emailed the 24-year-old about the coincidence. Emails led to phone calls, phone calls to visits, and the whirlwind romance led to an engagement ring hidden in a treasure box on a Florida beach. The two wed in 2009, and their news made People magazine and the "Today" show.
But even sharing a name, blond good looks and worldwide attention was not enough to save the marriage. “How do they term it at the courthouse? ‘Irreconcilable differences,' that is what I would say,” added Kelly Carl, who has since returned to his native Texas. “We gave it our best shot.”
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