Thea's been blogging about her upcoming wedding with 37-year-old Geir on October, 11 2014.
In her first blog post back in September she wrote:
"I learned from Mom yesterday that I'm getting married. I will marry a man named Geir and it is a bit strange because I know he really is so grown up."
In just two days, the 12-year-old One Direction fan from Norway will tie the knot with a 37-year-old man named Geir — becoming the first-ever child bride in Norway. To save you from having to pull up Google calculator, that's a 25 year difference. Twenty-five years. And the preteen has been blogging about it (with lots of selfies) this whole time.
Wait, before you contact authorities (like several people already have) you need to know the significance behind Thea's wedding date, October 11, 2014. This day is the UN's International Day of the Girl Child. This year's theme is Empowering Adolescent Girls: Ending the Cycle of Violence.
Thankfully, Thea and Geir are not getting married—but other young girls Thea's age are not so lucky. Thea and Geir are just involved in an incredibly smart (and important) viral marketing campaign to raise awareness for the 39,000 kids under 18 who are being forced into marriage all across the globe every day.
Executed by children's development charity Plan International, the campaign hopes that people will fight against this human rights violation and become sponsors to save these young girls being robbed of their childhoods.
Want to get involved? Use the hashtag #StopTheWedding (or #stoppbryllupet) to get involved on social media. To find out more information or to donate to Plan International, click here.
See pictures from Thea's wedding planning blog below.
The wedding invitation
Thea in her wedding dresses
Thea and her wedding ring
Thea holding the rings
Thea's One Direction poster
Thea and Geir