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"Hot or Not" game gets wedding bells ringing

Nicole from Newport met Dean from Minnesota on a dating site. Photo: Wales News Service

A mother has moved to America to marry a paralysed lonely heart she met on a Facebook game called "Hot or Not".

Nicole Joseph, 44, signed up to dating site "Hot or Not" for fun - but fell for Dean Wulfekuhle who uses a wheelchair..

Beauty therapist Nicole said she "just clicked" with bachelor Dean, 42, as they chatted over the internet every day.

Nicole, from Newport, South Wales, said it was just a chance, random meeting online.

I was only on the Hot or Not game for one day, it was kind of one of those meant-to-be scenarios.I can't explain it - we both just hit it off straight away.

– Nicole Joseph

Over the next two years Nicole visited Dean nine times at his home in Minnesota where he works as a life coach.

Quadraplegic Dean was upfront about his "challenges" and immediately explained to Nicole that he spends his life in a wheelchair.

He explained that his disability affects the lower part of his body but he has some movement in his torso and arms.

Nicole said: "I think he expected me to run a mile when he told me that - but it made no difference to my feelings for him. When I met Dean in person the first thing I thought was that he was quite a hunk."

Dean told Nicole how his hopes of having a family was ended when he was left paralysed by a spinal injury in a car accident in 1993.

But after meeting Nicole on the internet dating game his dream finally came true.

Nicole and her three daughters - Ffion, 16, Imogen, 15, and Mollie, 13 - have all started a new life in America with the girls enrolling at a high school in Minnesota.

Nicole said: "Some of our friends and family members on both sides were concerned at first. But we knew from that first in-person meeting that we were both sincere."

Dean said he had never let his disability get in the way of leading a full and active life. He said: "I feel very lucky - it was my dream to have a family and I got it."