In Second Life I could be who I wanted to be, and when I met Nik I was in control for the first time in years.
I got my life back.” The fact that it was a pretend life didn’t deter Kristen and Steve: for them, the feelings were just as intense as if it had been face to face.
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It’s a world where you don’t have to be dumpy, or from Nuneaton, one where your avatar can look like a model, shop for virtual designer shoes and make virtual friends.
You can start a new career, own a big house with a pool and, increasingly, fall in love.
“Neither of us went on Second Life to find a new relationship,” says Kristen.
“I had heard Duran Duran were playing a virtual gig and wanted to see them, so when my avatar, Kira, saw Nik, I got her to go up to him and ask if he was Nick Rhodes.
He said, ‘Maybe I am, and maybe I’m not’ and it all started from there.