Love on the Spectrum couple’s perfect ending
They stole the hearts of viewers across the world on Netflix's Love on the Spectrum and now Brisbane couple Ruth and Thomas Wyndham have gifted fans the perfect happy ending - by getting married.
The pair, who are both on the autism spectrum and became standout stars on the uplifting dating series, tied the knot in Ruth's family's backyard in Chermside West, in Brisbane's north, last month.
Viewers of the show fell in love with the couple from Deagon when Thomas, a Brisbane bus driver, proposed to an unsuspecting Ruth on his local bus route.
They originally planned to get married in April at a railway station in Old Petrie Town in Pine Rivers to indulge Thomas' fierce passion for buses and trains, but COVID-19 restrictions forced them to postpone.
But it was just as perfect, says Thomas, because he married the love of his life.
"She is everything, she is absolutely lovely," he said of Ruth, who is also hearing-impaired.
"It (the wedding) was something we had wanted for ages so to have it finally happen was great."
An antidote to shows such as The Bachelor and Married At First Sight, Love on the Spectrum follows the romantic lives of Australians on the autism spectrum - and it has struck a chord with viewers.
It has been listed in the top 10 most popular series in Australia for nine consecutive days and is streaming in 190 countries.
Thomas, 26, and Ruth, 24, can't believe their new-found fame.
"I saw one of those gossip sites, the ones with that celebrity trash, and it was about me and Ruth," Thomas, who was diagnosed with autism at 19, said.
"I had someone want to take a selfie with me at work, which I'm sure for the rest of the passengers on the bus was a weird occurrence.
"I've got nearly 400 followers on Twitter. I had about 50 beforehand … I reckon I need a blue tick."
The show's production company, Northern Pictures, approached the couple to be part of the series after seeing them featured on ABC's Lateline for a similar story about autism. The series first screened on the ABC last year.
Thomas said they were not paid, even when Netflix picked up the show and re-released it worldwide last month, but he was happy to volunteer to "make autism real."
"I was always the odd one out and a bit different … when I ended up with my diagnosis (of autism) and they said, 'Yes, you are different, and here's why' … I started to learn being different isn't a bad thing," he said.
"I would have liked to watch a show like this as a kid.
"It's like everyone else is living in greyscale and people with autism are living in colour.
"Autism is having a great burning passion for things … why should that passion not be for a relationship with other people?"
The couple are settling into married life at home with their five chickens, cat and Ruth's pet snake, Cleopatra. And, Thomas jokes, he's embracing the fame more than his wife.
"Ruth says she doesn't want to be a Kardashian," Thomas said.
"She's not as attracted by the allure of fame as I am."
Yet his star power hasn't changed his lifelong dream of working for Queensland Rail.
"I would love to one day drive trains … or if not drive, I'd love to do anything there."