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But they met in a rather modern way by DMing on Instagram
- Michael Koropisz, 24, a portrait painter from Stockport, lives life like a Victorian
- He has found a new love interest in Charlotte Brindley, 21, who shares his passion
- The couple met through Instagram and have been going on a series of dates
A man who lives like a Victorian and claims to be one of England’s most eligible bachelors has finally met the woman of his dreams who shares his passion for the 1800s.
Michael Koropisz, 24, a classical portrait painter from Stockport, Greater Manchester, refuses to watch television and writes with a quill and ink.
The Victorian enthusiast insists on living in the past by dressing strictly in clothes from the 19th century and filling his house with antiques.
Despite getting odd glances from strangers, Michael claims that his unique lifestyle leaves him inundated with offers from the opposite sex – and he has now found a match in Charlotte Brindley, 21.
However the couple didn’t meet the old-fashioned way and, despite their penchant for the past, they first started talking the way most Gen Z youngsters do – through Instagram DMs.
Michael has already amassed 12,000 on his Instagram page, where he shares his paintings and unique outfits.
He said: ‘I am one of the most eligible bachelors for miles around and have always been inundated with offers.
‘I base my personality on that of a Victorian man – I am very much a gentleman and always polite and would need a lady who was well mannered also.
Michael explained his ideal woman would be a ‘delicate flower’ who wears a bustle and feathers in her hat and could sing for him while he plays the piano late into the evening.
And now he is now putting his chance of finding love first as he embarks on dating with love interest, Charlotte.
He said: ‘She is brilliant – we have so much in common.
‘She is an actress and I am a portrait artist, which are both very Victorian careers.
‘Charlotte is also very beautiful and quite mature for her age, she is very well spoken and a very delicate flower.
‘This is a quality I really look for in a young lady. She is great company and also adores history.
‘We both wear fashion, not only from the same era but from the same decade, the 1880s – very specific!
‘I can’t wait for the future of having her in my Victorian home for a game of croquet and afternoon tea.’
Meanwhile, Charlotte says her love interest’s ‘politeness and respectability’ are qualities she deems the best.
She said: ‘Michael appears the most eligible bachelor for me – his creative pursuits were most attractive, particularly his portraiture and inclination to music.
‘His passion for all things Victorian did appeal to me as it is rare to find someone of a similar age who is interested in such things.
‘He is quite the gentleman – it is evident that he is well versed in politeness and respectability; both qualities that make a man desirable to any lady.
‘I have never dated a man like Michael who shares my love for the era – it is quite rare to come across someone like him, unless one is to walk past a cemetery!
‘It will be interesting to see how our relationship may develop.’
Despite having only recently started dating Michael, Charlotte claims that she has been a lover of all things Victorian for many years.
She said: ‘As long as I can remember I have been entranced by the era and have been dressing in the style for many years – I even used to wear it to school!
‘I love the extravagance, the elegance, and the excess.
‘It was aesthetics over functionality.
‘All my friends and family are incredibly supportive of me and always nurtured my love for the past.
‘You always get the odd look or comment in town but they are far outweighed by the love and support.’