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Gay dating app Chappy is shutting down this month and now we’ll be single for all eternity

Josh Milton February 17, 2020
Chappy: Gay dating app is shutting down this month

Dating app Chappy has closed down its digital doors. (Chappy)

Single twinks up and down the UK gathered to mourn the loss of queer dating app Chappy after it was announced it was being shut down.

The news broke just days after Valentine’s Day, dooming hundreds of queer folk to re-download Grindr once again despite vowing never to do so.

According to the app’s website, Chappy’s team will join up with fellow dating app Bumble.

But Mister Rights and Mister Right Nows will now be demoted to Mister Nevers, as no matches made on Chappy will be carried over to the Bumble app after the merge, the website stated.

As a result, the app recommended users exchange numbers with any matches they’ve made using Chappy before it closes down.

Moreover, when current Chappy users log-onto the app, no new people will be shown as of Monday. All matches will be wiped from February 28.

Why is Chappy closing down?

Because love is dead.

OK, maybe not that.

“It’s been an incredible three years and we couldn’t be more grateful for the hundreds of thousands of you that have joined us on our mission to create a space for gay connection,” a Chappy FAQ said.

“While it’s the end of the road for Chappy, all is not lost!

“We’re joining Bumble because we have the opportunity to take what we’ve built together here to the next level by creating a space for healthy and safe connections across the LGBTQ+ spectrum.

“Bumble is committed to fighting all kinds of inequality, and we’re excited to land our spaceship safely in the Bumble Hive.”

User information will no longer be accessible to the public, the website page continued.

Chappy was founded by Made In Chelsea star Ollie Locke and Jack Rogers in 2017.

Ollie Locke. (Alberto Pezzali/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Ollie Locke. (Alberto Pezzali/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The digital venture eclipsed Ollie coming out as gay.

Locke told The Independent that he founded Chappy based on his own experiencing on the dating scene.

“I have had a really struggling coming out session in the last 10 years, it has obviously been quite well-documented but I didn’t really know what I was doing and I struggled,” he said.

“For me there was no platform for me to meet gay men.”

More: bumble, chappy, dating, Grindr, ollie locke

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