Last April, husband and wife team Ben and Becca Elman, launched DateBritishGuys.com, an online dating community that aims to pair British men with American women. Inspired by their own romance (Connecticut-born Becca met Ben while studying abroad in London six years ago and the rest, as they say, is history), DateBritishGuys.com now has more than 10,000 members trying to find love—or at least fun times. Ben and Becca recently spoke to NewsFeed about their website and America's obsession with Will, Kate and the whole royal affair.
Judging from the scores of New York women who turned up last Saturday at an East Village pub called Central Bar to watch the United States play England in the World Cup tournament , the reputation of British men remains unsullied.
The match doubled as the inaugural party of the dating Web site DateBritishGuys.com, which introduces American women to British men. Throughout the raucous pregame warm-up, women in T-shirts that read “BRITISH MEN WANTED” jockeyed for position — their eyes peeled for an English dreamboat — amid an unruly throng of soccer fans.
“Who doesn’t like a British guy?” asked Meghan O’Malley, 29. “They travel a lot more, they know a lot more, and the accent is amazing.” Ms. O’Malley, who works in fashion, had spotted an ad for the site the week before. “My entire office knew about it,” she said. “The girls think it’s funny.” Quickly, she added, “It’s not that we don’t like Americans!” As she spoke, a rousing chant of “U.S.A., U.S.A., U.S.A.” shook the room.
THE TIMES (UK) Features DBG June 19th!!!!
Accent is on romance, but can British men talk the talk?
The Times, keen to discover whether American women really are hot for British men — and if so, do they know what they are signing up to? — oversaw a blind date in New York to test the mission of a new website DateBritishGuys.com, aimed at helping US women find “100 per cent British beef”. In the Viceroy restaurant in fashionable Chelsea.
Jillian Severin, 23, from midtown Manhattan and an aspiring actress, was paired by Ben and Rebecca Elman, the website’s founders and themselves a transatlantic love match, with Chris Smith, 25, originally from Newcastle and a medical researcher living in Hoboken, New Jersey. They talked for an hour, then The Times grilled both separately.
Ms Severin — perfectly made up, funny and sharp — said, yes, the accent was a definite draw. “My friends and I joke it makes us melt on the spot. It’s a primary attraction for me because it signifies someone from a different, unfamiliar culture.