Fast forward several years, and Giberson was off to university, leaving her long lost preschool crush behind her. But love life in adulthood however proved to be a far tougher experience. After being hurt time and time again, her friends felt the need to step in. She was too full-on in her romances, always wearing her heart on her sleeve. But before getting seriously hurt, her friends were there to rush to her rescue.

“People would tell me, ‘Don’t be so open, Amy. Don’t trust so easily,’" Giberson told Cosmopolitan back in November 2016. "But if I stopped doing that, it wouldn’t be me. It’s just absolutely nuts that I [was] the tragically misguided girl who was always let down.” But at 32 years old, everything changed.

At 32 year old, Giberson was ready to settle down. What better place to do that than her hometown of St. Petersburg? But without her dream man, she was only half of the equation. So she signed up on an online dating site. Not soon after, her shiny profile caught the eye of fellow St. Petersburg local, Justin Pounders.

They were bound to hit it off. After all, much like Giberson, Pounders had also returned to his home town after his own heartbreaking love story. In 2012, Pounders and his the fiancée, Adrianne Roberts, were about to move in together when tragedy struck. On her way home after having a few farewell drinks with her roommate, Roberts was attacked and horribly murdered.

It took Pounders two years until he finally felt prepared to move on from his unfathomable loss. So there he was, back in St. Petersburg looking for a real connection for the first time since the incident, when he came across Giberson’s intriguing profile. After getting in touch, they felt an instant connection.

“I saw her photo and for whatever reason was instantly drawn to her," Pounders told PEOPLE in November 2015. "She just had this great energy, you could tell. I can’t explain it, but I knew I had to get to know this girl.” In no time at all, the pair planned their first night out.