Relationships are built on trust, and it seemed that a woman from Texas was having hers completely betrayed. By all appearances, her boyfriend was cheating on her, and she had no way of knowing – until an acquaintance apparently caught him in the act.
What this acquaintance did next shocked everyone involved: she went far out of her way to make sure the man’s girlfriend knew exactly what was going on. But when the informant received a reply, she found out a part of the story she could never have imagined.
In the midst of finals week at the University of Texas at San Antonio, 19-year-old Rebekah Pendley headed to the on-campus John Peace Library. The facility is the university’s main library, with more than 2,000 seats – the perfect place to study ahead of exams.
But Pendley quickly found herself focused on something other than the classwork that no doubt sat before her. She was instead transfixed on a couple and their flirtatious behavior. According to MySA.com, she noticed them being “touchy.”
It wasn’t their lovey-dovey behavior that had struck Pendley as odd, though. It was the fact that she recognized the guy involved. And she was convinced that he was the boyfriend of one of her Twitter friends, Jasmine Rios.
Pendley and Rios had never met in real life, but they followed each other on the social media site. And because Rios regularly shared smiling images of herself and her beau, Pendley was certain that it was him. She just wasn’t sure what to do next, however.
So, first she reached out to her own friends with a group text. In it, she asked whether or not she should send a message to Rios – and her friends must have given her the green light. Pendley herself believed that she should, too. “It’s just the right thing to do,” she told BuzzFeed in December 2017.
As a result, the 19-year-old snapped a photo of Rios’ boyfriend, his hand placed lovingly on the other woman’s leg. She then logged onto Twitter, opened up a direct message, and sent her observations to Rios. “Hey girl, I know we don’t know each other, just been mutuals on Twitter for a little bit,” Pendley wrote.
She continued, “I recognize who I think is your boyfriend from all y’all’s pictures on here, and he’s with a girl, and he’s being kind of touchy with her.” She then shared her own trepidation, adding, “I really didn’t know if I should message you [or] how to tell you.”
Then, Pendley decided to reveal the heartbreak of her own that had inspired her to send the message. “I have been full-on cheated on before and, girl to girl, I’d want to know,” she admitted. “I hope this doesn’t cause you a lot of problems – I feel really bad, but I just thought it’d be wrong to witness it and not say anything.”
She finished her message with a fiery final thought: “Tell me if you want me to fight him, I’ll be here for a while.” With that, she pressed send – and ran away from her seat in the library. “I, like, bolted upstairs because I didn’t want anything to happen in public,” she told BuzzFeed.
At that point, Pendley could only do one thing. “I sat there anxiously waiting on a couch for her to respond,” she recalled. And when the 19-year-old did receive a response from her Twitter friend, it was incredible.
“Omg thank you for telling me, girl,” Rios’ reply began. “But that is not my boyfriend.” There was actually a very good why the guy in the library was a spitting image of her 21-year-old beau, Isiah Williamson. “He has an identical twin brother,” Rios explained.
And according to Rios, 18, the image was of her boyfriend’s twin brother, Aaron, and his girlfriend, Macie Morales. Rios knew this as soon as she read the message, because she was with Isiah when she received it. “I looked at the picture before I read the message and wondered why she sent me a picture of his brother and his girlfriend,” she told MySA.com.
Still, at the end of her message, Rios thanked her online friend for reaching out, even though she had misread the situation. Pendley told BuzzFeed she felt “so relieved” when she heard back from Rios. She also clarified that she would never have fought Williamson, but “would have verbally confronted him” if asked.
The rest of those involved found the situation to be pretty comical. Identical twins Isiah and Aaron were used to being confused for one another by their classmates all the time, although they had never been mixed up like that before.
Rios subsequently texted both Aaron and his girlfriend while they were still in the library to tell them what happened. The pair of them apparently cracked up laughing in the middle of the study space. And Rios told MySA.com that her boyfriend found the whole story – and what happened next – to be “hilarious.”
With the situation resolved, Rios decided to share the mix-up via Twitter. Alongside snapshots of their conversation – and the image of her boyfriend’s twin and his girlfriend – she wrote, “So, my boyfriend has an identical twin brother and someone thought my boyfriend was cheating on me, but it was really his brother and his girlfriend. Thanks for having my back though, girl.”
With that, Rios’ tweet quickly went viral, with more than 45,000 retweets and nearly 250,000 likes. Many Twitter users responded favorably to the story, with one writing, “If you’re not here for me like Rebekah was there for Jasmine then I don’t need you in my life.”
And it seems as though Pendley may have the chance to really be there for Rios as a real-life friend. The girls told both BuzzFeed and MySA.com that they had plans to hang out as soon as the next semester of school started in early 2018.