Vancouver riot kissing couple still together 4 years later
Rich Lam’s iconic photo of Canadian Alex Thomas and Australian boyfriend Scott Jones went viral
CBC News Posted: Jun 25, 2015 9:56 PM ET Last Updated: Jun 26, 2015 9:16 AM ET
Vancouver riot’s ‘kissing couple’ tell their story
The couple seen in a viral photograph kissing on the ground during the Vancouver riot are still together — four years later.
As Vancouver marks the anniversary of the infamous 2011 Stanley Cup riot this month, the couple are still an item and are now living in Australia.
Canadian Alex Thomas and her Australian boyfriend Scott Jones now live in Melbourne. (CBC)
Canadian Alex Thomas and her Australian boyfriend Scott Jones now share a place in Melbourne, where Jones is a bar manager and Thomas works in sewage planning and wastewater treatment, according to The WorldPost, Huffington Post’s world news site. Thomas has also applied for Australian citizenship.
The couple were trying to get out of the downtown area, following the Vancouver Canucks’ Game 7 Stanley Cup loss to the Boston Bruins, when they were caught in the massive riot.
Thomas fell during the mayhem and Jones embraced her on the ground to comfort her, they told CBC News in an interview two days after the riot.
“She was a bit hysterical afterwards, obviously, and I was trying to calm her down,” Jones said.
The intimate moment was captured by photographer Rich Lam in an image that instantly went viral. The shot, which went on to win the 2011 National Newspaper Award for news photography, also inspired hundreds of memes and speculations about the couple.
“It’s just a moment that happened to be on camera. It’s not embarrassing at all,” Thomas told CBC News in the interview. “It’s actually a really beautiful shot. It’s amazing that moment got captured.”