‘We have created something I would use.’ Alas, it is too late, as evidenced by the colossal, antique pear-shaped diamond on her ring finger. He is also the son of her former teacher Kelli Herd at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. I never knew she had a son and didn’t meet him until five years later,’ says Whitney. It’s kismet, or something.’ The couple are getting married this September in Positano, Italy.
Whitney met her fiancé, 29-year-old Michael Herd, heir to a Texan oil company, through mutual friends when skiing in Aspen three years ago. Whitney (and her younger sister Danielle) grew up in a small town outside Salt Lake City, Utah, where her father Michael is a property developer and mother Kelly was a housewife.
Whitney began dating Justin Mateen, one of the co-founders.
The relationship ended after a year, Whitney has said, and she claims that Justin subsequently became verbally abusive, allegedly calling her a ‘slut’ and a ‘whore’.
Bumble removes that fear as they don’t have to make the first move, so it benefits both men and women.’ She believes this reversal of stereotypical gender roles itself encourages better behaviour.‘I can guarantee that back in the day, if a woman was left alone and she needed to eat, she would have to hunt,’ says Whitney.‘It’s not biological imperative that says men have to ask us out, it’s social conditioning.The media reporting of the case was extensive and in the summer of 2014 Whitney was the subject of vicious trolling from strangers of both sexes.‘Emails, texts, tweets, people showing up at my house – really weird and horrible stuff happened,’ she remembers, shaking her head.