London, Jan 12 (ANI): A 26-year-old woman dated 1,000 men in the last five years to find the love of her life.
Amy Hinkley, a secretary, went through 13 dating agencies and spent 5,000 to find her other half.
"When I came out of a three-year relationship aged 19 I decided to hit the bars and clubs in search of a new man...But after a few months I realised it wasn't for me," The Mirror quoted Amy as saying.
Amy then signed up to an online dating agency. She created a profile spent a month chatting to various men before she started liking a man.
She recalled: "His name was Steve* (name changed) and he lived on the other side of London. He seemed kind, confident and when he said he looked a little like Tom Cruise my heart raced.
"He was unable to send a picture, he said, because his phone was broken. I should have known better really. But we spoke for hours and he oozed confidence. I couldn't believe my luck and it wasn't long before my excitement got the better of me and I asked him out for a drink."
And Amy dresses up in her favourite purple top, a black skirt and knee-high boots for the date.
She said: "I didn't want to look too racy for a first date but I definitely wanted to make a big impression - I was expecting a Tom Cruise lookalike after all!
"Sadly a chubby 40-something man with a comb-over appeared at my side and my stomach lurched.
"My fears were confirmed when he looked me in the eye and announced: 'I'm Steve.'"
She continued: "I told him to order the drinks while I popped to powder my nose. I was distraught and tried to hide my disappointment.
"I rushed to the loos, prised open a window and hurled my bag, followed by my body, on to the street below."
But Amy was not the one to give up.
Within a year she had gone to 200 dates and was a member of 13 dating sites, paying nearly 40pounds per month.
At 21-year-old she was dating three men in a day.
She said: "I would meet one guy for morning coffee, another for lunch and after work I'd go out with a third man for dinner. It was exhausting.
"My diary read like this: Monday, pizza with Dave, Tuesday, cinema with Andy, Wednesday, dinner with Paul. I was one busy lady. Because I was eating so much I put on about a stone in the first year.
"My favourite venue for first dates was an American diner around the corner from work. I've had more than 150 dates there!
"'The usual, Amy?' the waiters always winked and asked me, knowing I'd order a cheeseburger. I'd have to brush off my date's raised eyebrows by telling him I came in a lot with friends."
And then just before Amy was to end her quest for love she came across Adam Want's profile in May 2007.
She said: "He caught my eye because he didn't look like he was trying too hard in his picture.... And he only worked a few streets away from me in Peckham, South London. We chatted online for a few weeks before swapping numbers and talking on the phone. It was two months before we agreed to meet up but by then I was smitten."
Her first meeting with him was 1,000th date.
Recollecting the date Amy said: "The conversation flowed and we flirted easily all night...I couldn't believe he worked two minutes from my home. How we'd never bumped into one another before I'll never know."
And Adam too was charmed by Amy.
He recalled: "I thought Amy was stunning when I saw her and we clicked straight away.
"I didn't know at the time how many dates she'd been on and when I found out - I have to admit I was a bit surprised."
He added: "After dating for two weeks I told Amy that I was in love with her, and I knew we were meant to spend the rest of our lives together."
The lovebirds now plan to stay together and get engaged this year.
Amy said: "Finally, after dating 1000 men, I'm marrying the perfect one... and he was around the corner all along!
"But the journey was worth it - you could say I've definitely kissed a lot of frogs before I found my prince!" (ANI)