In 2002, Pariya and Viktor crossed paths in a nightclub in Sydney.
“I was very smooth,” Viktor told Mamamia.
“No, he wasn’t,” Pariya interjected, laughing.
“We met at a nightclub. I was dancing and Vik came up to me and he recited his line of, ‘Hi, my name’s Viktor, what’s your name?'” she recalled.
“He considers that smooth.”
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After meeting by chance on a night out with friends, Pariya and Viktor soon began dating.
But after spending seven months together, Pariya, who was 17 years old at the time, and Viktor, who was 22 years old, went their separate ways.
“Peach [Viktor’s nickname for Pariya] didn’t want to settle down with me and I was ready to have a family at the time,” Viktor explained.
After ending their relationship, the couple, who are featured on the upcoming season of SBS documentary Marry Me Marry My Family, lived totally separate lives as they both went on to study, travel and build their respective careers.
“Life sort of just went on as we lived our separate lives without looking back,” Viktor recalled.
“But for me personally, there were moments of looking back and moments of reflection where I thought about Peach and what she was doing and what she was up to,” he added.
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Over the years, Pariya had similar moments of reflection – but she never reached out to Viktor.
“My mum loved Viktor and she was speaking to him for over a year after we broke up,” the now 35-year-old said.
“But I never saw him. I never looked him up. We thought about each other though. Every once in awhile, my mum would say, ‘I wonder what Viktor is doing, he was such a nice boy.’ And I used to say to her, ‘He’s probably married and has a million kids right now.'”
After 15 years, Viktor reached out to Pariya on LinkedIn. Instead of messaging her directly on the platform, however, he simply looked at her profile. (On LinkedIn, users are notified when a person looks at their profile).