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Long-lost brother and sister reunited on Tinder... after flirting on dating app

Published 24/04/2015 | 16:51

Tinder has more than 150000 users in Ireland (Stock photo)
Tinder has more than 150000 users in Ireland (Stock photo)

A long-lost brother and sister were reunited after they expressed an interest in each other on an online dating app.

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Erik de Vries (24) and Josephine Egberts (22) said they only realised who each other were after a 'fair amount of flirting'.

The brother and sister had not seen each other in 16 years after their parents split in 1999.

After the break-up, which was described as 'messy', their father took Erik and his twin brother to Belgium and their mother stayed with Josephine in their native Netherlands.

According to reports, Erik moved back to the Netherlands recently and joined dating app Tinder where he 'swiped right' on Josephine's profile, expressing an interest in her.

"The first time I swiped her profile I had absolutely no idea," Erik told Mic.

"In our first conversation I was actually flirting with her so the conversation was very superficial."

The pair messaged each other for a few days before Erik began to get suspicious of who Josephine may be.

Erik asked Josephine a series of questions about her past and the penny dropped.

The pair realised they were siblings and decided to meet for coffee.

"When I saw him, it was suddenly very clear," Josephine told DatingSiteKiezen.

"It was so special to see my own blood brother again after 16 years."

The siblings’ other brother, Maarten, was equally as shocked with the turn of events.

“Erik and I obviously knew for years that we had a little sister. You obviously don’t think about her every day, but a few years ago we did undertake a vain quest to find her,” he told NL Times.

“It’s too crazy for words that you come into contact with each other again like this, but that also makes it very special. I am very happy that I can now still get to know my sister.”

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