It’s the photo that captivated the world for a day…
Amid the mini-riot engulfing the city of Vancouver following the 4-0 loss in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals, Rich Lam of Getty Images snapped this photograph of a couple seemingly having some sexy time in the streets. The infamous “kissing” picture, Lam explains, was really just an accident:
But was it sexy kissing or comfort kissing? Was this a moment of hot passion or simply a man coming to the aid of his girlfriend? The girl in the photo may just have been hurt.
We still don’t know everything, but it appears the couple in the photo have been identified as 29-year-old Australian Scott Jones and his Canadian girlfriend Alex Thomas. That’s according to Hannah Jones, who says her brother has been living and working in Vancouver for six months.
Scott’s mother Megan told Australia’s 9News, “It is something he would do, that’s our boy. He has always lived in his own world, he’s special like that. He doesn’t always connect with what going on around him. I knew it was him because he doesn’t have a lot of clothes with him and he always puts on the same thing. I’d have to have my house flooded to get on the news, but he just has to kiss a beautiful girl.”
The CBC also confirmed the couple’s identity: Scott’s father, Brett Jones, “said Scott is fine, and Alex suffered a bruised leg from falling to the ground.”
“They are both just totally stunned by it, actually.”
The dad of the now-famous bartender-standup comedian said Scott was in Vancouver on a work visa, and is leaving in a few days for the U.S., and then heading back to Australia.
So what happened to Alex in the melee? A man wrote in to The Vancouver Sun to explain:
This photo from above adds some context:
And The Sun also posted this exclusive video of what happened after the mysterious kiss:
So it’s time to consider this one a fantastic mystery solved. We hope she’s okay.
UPDATE: Jones and Thomas appeared on the TODAY Show on Monday: