Couple Handcuff Themselves Together to ‘Mend Their On-Off Relationship’


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Tired of occasional break-ups, Ukrainian couple Alexandr Kudlay, 33, and Viktoria Pustovitova, 28, found an unusual solution to stay inseparable. On Valentine’s Day, they decided to handcuff their hands together for three months and began documenting their experience on social media.⁠⁠


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“In terms of physical comfort, with every day passing, we are getting used to it more and more. It gets easier,” Kudlay told Reuters in their flat in the eastern city of Kharkiv.⁠⁠


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He came up with the idea after Pustovitova said she wanted to break up with him. “We used to break up once or twice a week. When during another fight Vika once again said that we had to break up, I replied: ‘Then I will attach you to myself.'”⁠⁠


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Pustovitova refused his idea at first, hanging up the phone on him the first time he suggested it, but eventually changed her mind. For nearly a month now, neither has had any personal space and they do everything together, from grocery shopping to cigarette breaks. “I decided it will be an interesting experience for me, that it will bring into my life new bright emotions which I did not experience before,” Pustovitova said. “I love him, so I came to a decision to do it.”⁠⁠


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Now they post images of themselves on Instagram portraying an idyllic coexistence, complete with captions stressing the importance of mutual respect and understanding. They have also appeared on talk shows on Ukrainian television.⁠⁠


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