This may be old news, however we decided to write about it even though most of you already know about it, it´s interesting to write for the onesthat haven’t heard of them.

In Oklahoma, part of America’s ‘bible-belt’ teens Katie Hill,19-years-old and Arin Andrews, 18-years-old made headlines last year when their unique romance went viral.

University student Hill formerly ‘Luke’, and high school student Andrew, formerly ‘Emerald’ met when both of them were in the process of transitioning – Hill from male to female and Andrews from female to male. It was during this transitioning that they fell in love while supporting each other.

Both had difficult childhoods, they were the target of malicious pranks and vicious talk in school. Moreover, their internal conflict was overwhelming; the mirror didn’t reflect their true selves.. Arin said he did not understand why he had to stand in line with the girls when the teachers separated them by gender; the teachers, the ones that are supposed to educate and protect, made him into a for joke. “It was torture every day,” said Andrew.

On the left, Emerald Andrews before and now, as Arin Andrews: "Finally," he says on his Facebook.

On the left, Emerald Andrews before and now, as Arin Andrews: “Finally,” he says on his Facebook.

 

On the left, Luke Hill, and right now as a Katie Hill, considered a woman legally since she turned 15 years-old.

On the left, Luke Hill, and right now as a Katie Hill, considered a woman legally since she turned 15 years-old.

“I had to say goodbye to my son,” said Hill’s mother Jauzlyn. She also said she did not care, what really mattered was to see her daughter happy. Both started therapy early, and met years later in a support group for trans in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA, and fell in love.

Photos: Laurentiu Garofeanu/Barcroft

Photos: Laurentiu Garofeanu/Barcroft

Parental acceptance process was slow and gradual, but now Katie’s grandmother, Judy, believes that her granddaughter was “born in the wrong body”. The two have a future, and the support of family plays a crucial role in this story. Thanks to their parents, Arin could have the breast removal surgery and later sex change; Katie was blessed by the gift of transformational surgery from an anonymous donor…

The couple decided that telling their story would help others struggling with trans issues. They know that so many children and adolescents go through the same problems, such as doubts, constraints and lack of parental support. These struggles only complicate and delay the procedures that not only transform the body but moreover the psyche.. In the photos below, some of the moments the couple has shared with us. We can see how happy they are now; a testament to how wonderful life can be when we are true to ourselves.

Whey they posted their breakup, their online followers took to sites like Facebook to express their sadness.

“I seriously hope this info is false,” said Facebook follower Shaun Michael Alfred.

Another –Laura Bryan, said: “Awe, what a shame :'( were so cute and lovely together.”

Fabi Niemeyer, another Facebook fan of Arin’s, said: I’m so sorry for you…Hope this hard time will pass quickly.”

Katie explained: “We have a very unique bond because we’ve been through the same stuff, even though it was in opposite directions.

“But we’re at a point in our lives where things are happening and it’s harder to spend time together.

“I’ve started college and Arin will soon, so we don’t see as much of each other.”

Katie Hill had full gender reassignment surgery in 2012 costing $35,000 (£20,000).

According to the Mirror, “A mystery donor heard she’d been targeted by bullies at school because she was changing gender and actually fronted the huge sum for her procedure.

“It’s the best thing that has ever happened to me,” she said. “I’d felt like a girl trapped in the wrong body since I was born.

“I finally saw what I wanted to see in the mirror and didn’t burst into tears any more.”

Katie now loves living life as one of the girls and enjoys sessions at the nail salon.

“Getting my nails or my hair done helps me to keep my mind of the breakup so I’m just trying to embrace life,” said Katie.

“I’m pretty much like one of the girls,” she said. “I get invited to sleepovers, asked to share apartments at university, none of them any of the wiser about it.

“It’s amazing and it’s not unusual. I’ve never been one of the boys.”

But while Katie is being one of the girls, Arin still feels he has more to do on his journey to becoming a man.

He regularly works out with heavy weights to sculpt his body to give him the masculine shape he craves.

In June last year, he moved one step closer to his dream body, having his breasts removed at a clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, after he started testosterone therapy in 2012.

However his parents, Mitch and Denise, faced a difficult decision when Katie initiated the breakup with Arin.

Arin’s mum Denise, 43, a business owner, said:

“As soon as they broke up one of the first things that he started hounding me about was his genital surgery. “There was a part of him that felt that he needed to have full reassignment surgery and finish his transition, because he’d be more attractive to girls like Katie. “It was a real worry because female-to-male genital surgery is very risky. It’s said to be more complicated than male-to-female.

“Also there is a serious danger with all surgery, however small the procedure. We didn’t want Arin making a rash decision and his top surgery had made him so much happier, so we wanted him to keep enjoying that.

‘We didn’t want him to sink into depression like he suffered before he started his transition.”

Andrews said,

“The breakup did make me think about having the bottom surgery but that was more of an impulsive thing”.

“I was emotional and thought I needed to do it, but I realise now it has nothing to do with why Katie and I were separating.

“The real reason is that we are just growing up and we need to focus more on ourselves instead of our relationship.”

“It sure would be nice to have and not risk that issue in a relationship,” he added. “I’d love to be married one day and have my own kids and have a kid that calls me their dad, even though I won’t be able to have a conventional pregnancy with my partner.”

“The breakup did make me think about having the bottom surgery but that was more of an impulsive thing”.

“I was emotional and thought I needed to do it, but I realise now it has nothing to do with why Katie and I were separating.

“The real reason is that we are just growing up and we need to focus more on ourselves instead of our relationship.”

“It sure would be nice to have and not risk that issue in a relationship,” he added. “I’d love to be married one day and have my own kids and have a kid that calls me their dad, even though I won’t be able to have a conventional pregnancy with my partner.”

Even though Arin and Katie decided to breakup, they are still friends and they will continue supporting each other.

Because they broke up, they announced to PEOPLE that they’re sharing their stories in two separate memoirs.

Simon and Schuster

Simon and Schuster

“It’s a story of acceptance, love, triumph and standing up when you’ve been knocked down,” Andrews writes in a press release for his upcoming book Some Assembly Required: The Not-So-Secret Life of a Transgender Teen.
Their books will describe the good and bad things that happened during their romance, including their painful breakup.

Andrews who was fighting with bullying and low self-esteem to the point of thinking about suicide, writes that his book “gives me the opportunity to open the hearts and minds of those that just don’t understand and inspire those that do.”

“I don’t want this book to just appeal to transgender people or their allies,” she writes. “I want people to understand that there really is no such thing as normal.”
“There were many factors that caused Arin and me to break up – but arguably many of them were caused by the attention we were getting,” Hill tells PEOPLE. “There was a lot of pressure on us to be together and to be happy.”

Andrews adds: “The breakup was more about needing to discover who we were becoming.”

Despite their separation, Hill tells PEOPLE, “We still understand each other better than anyone else ever will.”

You can find their books in several places. To make things easer for you we researched where you can find their books.

Rethinking Normal: A Memoir in Transition by Kate Rain Hill, click here.

Some Assembly Required: The Not-So-Secret Life of a Transgender Teen by Arin Andrews, click here.

 

Authored by Xiluva Costa, edited by Jocy Rowe

 

Check out some videos that we found about their romance:

We found a video where Hill tells how it was their first kiss.


Transgender love story: Arin and Katie break up

“A Teenage couple who became world famous after BOTH switched gender have split up – to the dismay of an army of fans and followers.”

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