MEET the world’s shortest couple who are each less than three feet tall – but insist their height doesn’t limit their lifestyle at all.
Paulo Gabriel da Silva Barros and Katyucia Hoshino are from Brazil and both have forms of dwarfism which mean they are 34.8in and 35.2in respectively.
Paulo, 30, has diastrophic dysplasia dwarfism, while 26-year-old Katyucia has achondroplasia dwarfism.
They are hoping to enter the Guinness Book of World Records for their size after meeting on social media 10 years ago.
“I found her very beautiful from the first moment I saw her,” Paulo recalled.
She explained: “The first time I started talking to Paulo, he was really annoying. He had cheap pick-up lines.”
Paulo added: “She thought I was trying to flirt but I was just being nice.
“According to her I was a really boring guy.”
Things almost didn’t go any further, but Katyucia had a change of heart 18 months later and decided to unblock Paulo on the site.
They got talking, and their romance grew from there.
“One day something happened in my head and I went and unblocked him. By then he was already more relatable,” Katyucia explained.
Paulo added: “When she unblocked me, it didn’t take me more than a minute to say hello.
“We started speaking and she said I was more civilised.”
After two months Paulo took the 186-mile trip to visit Katyucia in Londrina, the city where she’s from.
He was bowled over by her beauty – while she was shy and unimpressed with his dress sense.
Paulo said: “What most attracted me to her, besides her beauty, was how sweet she was. It was her sweet personality.”
Katyucia added: “He was wearing an orange shirt, jeans and sunglasses – thank God it has improved since then.”
She was initially worried about having a long-distance relationship, but after five days they started dating and four years later they moved in together.
“I had never dated before so Paulo is my first boyfriend, my first everything,” Katyucia said.
Now they say they are like any other couple.