WHEN Shaun Nyland and Cat Keenan joined TikTok in November 2019, the couple could never have predicted how the app would completely turn their lives upside down.
In a new video on Cat’s Youtube Channel, the Newport couple – who share two children – explained how they had been together for about six years when they became famous online.
Within the first four months, Shaun amassed over a MILLION followers while Cat quickly started earning her monthly dog walk salary in just one day thanks to her hilarious clips.
But while this may sound like a complete dream, the pair find that working together has taken a huge toll on their relationship.
Cat explains: “You would think we were going to get closer and closer – but in reality, we were getting further and further apart.
“It’s almost like we’ve become friends who just work together.”
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Although they did their best to prioritize dating and spend more time together, Shaun and Cat split in March 2021 – but they remained friends so they could be Tommy’s parents and Climb.
However, Cat said she started to experience financial hardship when Shaun moved out because she had a mortgage to pay and expensive Range Rover payments to keep up with.
She said: “I feel stressed about money because I have to pay to buy a house – we have a pretty big house with four bedrooms and we pay a lot of money every month.
“I had a Range Rover that we bought together but it was in my name so I took over it.
“That costs me £1,000 a month on fuel alone.”
“You had a lot of outings,” Shaun said. “Don’t get me wrong, I’ve paid all the child support but deep down I know that’s not enough.”
So for her 31st birthday last October, Shaun decides to surprise Cat by paying off his mortgage.
I know we’re not together anymore, and I’m so proud of you, you’re the best mom ever, so I did something. I called the bank, I paid off the entire mortgage. This house now belongs to you.
In a clip on TikTok, which has garnered 4.3 million views, Shaun is seen throwing Cat a bunch of keys, with her questioning, “why are you giving me these?”
Shaun explained: “Today is your birthday, I want you to have the best birthday ever. And look, I know we’re not together anymore, and I’m so proud of you. you, you are the best mom ever, so i did something.
Of course, Cat initially thought it was a joke – but Shaun emailed the bank to confirm that she currently doesn’t need a mortgage.
In the second clip, he explains: “At the end of that day, my ex-girlfriend gave me the greatest gift any man could ask for by bringing Leo into this world. and I know it’s going to be hard for Cat to try to live like that. the lifestyle we lived but her alone.”
Unsurprisingly, the gesture of kindness brought the couple closer together and so they decided to start filming TikToks again.
She explained, “I caught the feeling again […] To be honest, I was a bit confused. I was wondering, ‘do I love him? Right? ‘”
But three months later Shaun and the couple decided to try their relationship again.
Although Shaun thought they were shooting a video telling their followers they were going to take things slow, Cat used it as an opportunity to surprise him.
At the end of the clip, Cat turns to Shaun and asks him to be her boyfriend again – bringing him to tears.
She said: “We’re in a really good place and my feelings are really strong for you and I realize how much I love you.
“I just want to be with you again and as a family with the kids and everything and I want it to be really official now.”
Shaun said: “You tricked me! Oh my gosh, I’m really crying.”
“Congratulations guys,” replied one fan. “I’m so happy you’re back together, you make a great couple!
Another added: “You guys made me cry, congratulations! You’re both amazing people.”
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https://www.thesun.ie/fabulous/8186483/man-pays-off-ex-mortgage-response-tears/ I secretly paid off my ex’s mortgage to thank her for being such a great mother