The stock photo the internet has come to know as the “distracted boyfriend” meme for all possible purposes may have found its real-life version.
Trishna Pema, 16, visited Venice, Italy with her sister last month.
While walking along St. Mark’s Square, the sisters decided to get some vanilla ice cream and take pictures of themselves.
Trishna, who came from Cape Town, South Africa, told BuzzFeed News:
“As we were walking along St. Mark’s Square we got some ice cream and my sister decided it was a good photo opportunity.
“She randomly snapped a couple photos of me. Later, we scrolled through the photos and noticed the couple in the background.”
And that’s when they realized the uncanny resemblance of the popular meme.
“We immediately noticed the similarity between the pic and the meme!
“We didn’t really think about it, it was the first thing that came to mind when I looked at it.”
Pema shared her picture to a group chat where one of her friends, Amahle Mnyamana, then took to Twitter.
“She didn’t have a Twitter account at the time, so I posted it because I found it absolutely hilarious!” Amahle told BuzzFeed News.
Unsurprisingly, the photo became an instant hit.
Apparently, some have been trying to find out who the mysterious guy is.
“People have said he looks familiar but no one has managed to track him down. Everyone seems to want hit him up,” Trishna said.
Meanwhile, others believe he was clearly photobombing.
Still, the mysterious man could be looking at something else entirely.