Oh, this breaks our heart a little.
Is there anything more romantic than a long-distance relationship that can stand the test of both time and distance? We've all heard those stories. Couples meeting because of the power of the internet, falling in love, and having a sweet meeting for the first time at the airport.
That's probably what 41-year-old Alexander Pieter Cirk was hoping for when he flew from the Netherlands to China to finally meet his online girlfriend, a 26-year-old simply named "Zhang," according to Cosmopolitan. Unfortunately, Zhang wasn't quite on the same page as Cirk when he told her he was coming for a visit and a romantic first meeting.
According to reports, Cirk had informed Zhang that he was coming to visit... but she didn't believe him and thought he was joking!
Photo: CCTV News
"We had advanced our romantic relationship but later he seemed a little callous toward me," Zhang told a local station. "One day he sent me a photo of air tickets abruptly, and I thought it was a joke. He didn't contact me later."
In the interview, Zhang said that she had made plans for plastic surgery in another city, so her phone was off and Cirk could not contact her.
"But Cirk waited," says a report on CCTV News. "He waited for 10 days hoping his girlfriend would show up, just like she had promised."
The poor Dutch man was found frail at the airport and later taken to the hospital to recover. Meanwhile, Zhang was still in recovery from the plastic surgery procedure, but she told media that she was still interested in maintaining their romantic relationship.
Unfortunately, because Cirk spent most of his time in China waiting for his girlfriend who would never arrive, he had to return to the Netherlands soon after.
It's kind of tragic, isn't it? But perhaps this whole affair would allow Cirk and Zhang to work on their communication skills, so the next time one visits the other, no one is left hanging at the airport.