When this U.S. couple got together during high school, there was an instant connection – and they were married just ten years later. But it wasn’t long before they realized that there was something else that meant they were destined for each other all along.
Yes, Jessica and Aaron Bairos are newlyweds that share a stronger connection than most other married couples. The story of their lives is so remarkable, in fact, that it made headlines all over the world. And you’ll probably find it hard to believe that it’s true.
So how did it all begin? Well, the couple first met when they were at high school. They actually attended different schools in Taunton, Massachusetts, but they found each other through mutual friends. And having started dating in 2007, they waited a further ten years before tying the knot in September 2017.
“I knew from the very beginning that he was different – he was respectful, and he made me laugh,” Jessica told People.com in October 2017. “He still makes me laugh! No one else can do that. From the start, we both knew we were right for each other.”
So you’d be forgiven for thinking that there’s nothing particularly special about the way that the couple met. In reality, though, the couple had a sneaking suspicion that they may have met before. And it turned out that these two had even more in common than they had originally thought.
It all came out shortly after they met. You see, the pair were sitting in a driver’s education class when the topic of birthdays came up. Jessica was convinced that Aaron was teasing her when he said that he was born on the same day as her.
“I didn’t believe him at first when he told me he had the same birthday, it was crazy, I thought he was trying to pull a smooth one and win me over,” she told People.com. But after having showed each other some ID, Jessica realized that it was true.
Thinking that having the same birthday was a “pretty cool coincidence,” the teenagers carried on with their blossoming relationship. But it wasn’t long before Jessica and Aaron found out something else about each other that totally blew their minds.
They realized, of course, that they had been born in the same area – Taunton, Massachusetts – but the young couple still had no idea quite how much they had in common. When they got onto the subject of which hospital they were born at, then, the pieces of the puzzle came together.
Incredibly, Jessica and Aaron worked out that they had both been born on April 28, 1990, at the very same hospital. They simply couldn’t believe it. “The coincidence of this happening, the more I think of it, is pretty weird,” Aaron told ABC News in October 2017.
He went on to say, “If somebody told me that this was their story, I’d be like, ‘This is really freaking cool.’” And that is exactly what most people think about Jessica and Aaron’s story. But the couple were so astounded by their discovery that they decided to dig a little deeper.
First, they decided to find their birth announcements in the local paper. And sure enough, there they were, their names printed right next to each other. According to the newspaper clipping, no other babies, just Jessica and Aaron, were born at Morton Hospital that day. But there’s even more to the story.
When the couple asked their moms if they recalled seeing another lady in labor that day, they both said that they “vaguely remembered” greeting another woman. It helped that both women were of Portuguese descent – meaning that they were more likely to remember each other.
“It sounds silly but both of our families are Portuguese, and when you’re Portuguese, you know everyone around you,” Jessica told ABC News. “When his mom went into labor, she saw my mom and they remember saying ‘hi’ to each other casually.”
After the families realized the incredible coincidence, they had a look through old photographs from the maternity ward, and something in particular caught their eye. It was a photo of newborn Jessica – and there was another baby in the background of the photo.
They had an inkling that the other baby in the maternity ward might have been Aaron, but as the camera lens was focused on Jessica, the image of the other baby is too blurry to tell if it really was him. “That’s the whole mystery,” Aaron said.
“The inside joke is that it’s probably me, but there’s no way to prove that,” he continued. Even if there’s no way to prove that he’s in the picture, it’s certain that he wasn’t too far away. And although the pair went to separate schools, fate somehow managed to bring Jessica and Aaron into the same room once again.
After they had eventually found their way back together, then, Aaron asked Jessica to marry him in the Boston Public Garden in November 2015. He had secretly got their friends and family to hide all over the park – ready to reveal themselves when the time was right.
There’s no doubt that Aaron and Jessica’s connection is truly incredible. Their unusual story has been all over the media, too, and the newlyweds have been overwhelmed by the attention that they’ve been receiving. “It’s unbelievable. We can’t believe it… It’s a good memory for us to one day tell the kids,” Jessica told ABC News.
The couple’s remarkable story is something that the two of them still laugh about every time their birthday comes around. And they also hope that their story continues to make other people smile. “That’s what the world needs right now,” Jessica said.