After being handcuffed together for 123 days – using the bathroom one in front of the other and taking showers a few inches apart – troubled Ukrainian lovers Alexandr Kudlay and Viktoria Pustovitova removed their chains and separate from each other.
“Hooray,” cried Pustovitova, 29, in late May as giant bolt cutters cut through the steel chains that had tied her to Kudlay, 33, for three months, according to the Mirror.
“I am finally free,” she added.
Pustovitova, an eyelash technician from the eastern city of Kharkiv, proposed that she and Kudlay, a car salesman, handcuff each other on Valentine’s Day as a last-ditch effort to save their romance.
“I decided it would be an interesting experience for me,” Pustovitova told Reuters at the start of her romantic lockdown with Kudlay in February.
The couple documented their unmissable Instagram experience for their more than 7,800 followers.
“It will bring new bright emotions into my life that I have never felt before,” she said.
But instead of adding a ray of sunshine to their cloudy couple, the ill-fated lawsuit rained hellfire on the relationship.
“As soon as we find an advantage in a situation, there are immediately two disadvantages,” Kudlay explained to their followers in an Instagram video posted during the experiment.
“Vika wants to find the rhythm of her life before, she misses what she loved to do before,” he added, noting that the difficulties of being linked had “snowballed”.
“She doesn’t respond well to my suggestions to continue doing what she loves to do with me. “
In addition to taking care of their personal hygiene in front of each other, Pustovitova and Kudlay went shopping together, took cigarette breaks side by side, and even went with each other to work.
But Pustovitova eventually had to quit her job as a beautician because clients weren’t comfortable with Kudlay standing over them while she manicured their eyelashes.
Their constant camaraderie and lack of personal space sparked four-hour arguments, bitterness and emotional neglect between the two.
“We stayed together all day, I received no attention from Alexandr because we were constantly together,” Pustovitova told Reuters at the end of the experiment. “He didn’t tell me, ‘I miss you’, when I would like to hear that. “
Kudlay said the experience revealed to him that he and Pustovitova were not “like-minded people”.
“We are not on the same wavelength,” he insisted. “We are totally different. “
The handcuffs – which left unsightly burns and bruises on their wrists – were finally removed on May 19.
The endurance of Pustovitova and Kudlay broke the Ukraine and world record for the longest time a couple has ever spent in a chain.
A handcuff-cutting ceremony, overseen by Ukrainian archival chief Vitaly Zorin, was held in front of the monument to Unity of the country in Kiev, and broadcast on national television.
Zorin, according to the Mirror, is planning to introduce himself to the new bachelor Pustovitova.
But immediately after being released from the restraints and announcing her breakup with Kudlay on social media, Pustovitova made it clear that she was happy to fly solo for a while.
“I want to live my own independent life and grow as an independent person,” she revealed to the audience.
The latest photo shared on their Instagram account showed the embittered lovers standing aside and staring at the ground.
Pustovitova and Kudlay now lead separate lives in remote areas of Ukraine.
However, they plan to jointly sell the handcuffs at an online auction and donate some of the money to charity, according to Reuters.
And as a warning, Pustovitova warned lovers around the world against putting their love to the test by attaching themselves to each other.
“I think it will be a good lesson for us, for other Ukrainian couples and couples abroad not to repeat what we have done. ”