It is reported that Mr and Mrs Richards had seen the television campaign for the dating site E-Harmony. The adverts claim that a scientific approach using 29 dimensions is adopted to determine compatibility between potential couples.
“It was Tracy who first suggested it.” remembers Mr Richards, a plasterer from Essex “It was a Saturday night and we were watching Take Me Out when the adverts came on. She thought it would be a laugh for us to both sign up to the dating site to see if we would be identified as a match based on true compatibility”.
Mr Richards went on to explain that his wife said she knew that they would be be matched as they are a perfect couple. Mr Richards said he only agreed to the suggestion as he was desperate for a distraction from “that twat Paddy McGuiness”.
The couple logged onto the site that evening and completed the online questionnaire.
Relations became strained after two weeks had passed and E-Harmony still hadn’t identified them as a match. Mr Richards recalls that Tracy started to seriously question their relationship. “She would even fly off the handle if I didn’t laugh at the same moments of Miranda as she did. She said it meant we weren’t on the same wave length”.
The relationship apparently deteriorated from there on, with Mr Richards walking on eggshells trying to second guess what his wife might be thinking so he could prove that they were compatible. “It was impossible,” he remembers sadly “in the end she left me. She said science is science”.
Friends say it is a shame Tracy ended the 15-year marriage and that she has since been on several dates with her “perfect matches” but none have ever called again.
Tracey refused to comment.