Photo: Pavel Danilyuk
They say that love is a battlefield.
That saying came from Pat Benatar’s 1983 classic of the same name but those finding love as a vegan would know this all too well.
Alex Felipelli, a computer engineer who spent two decades working in IT, marketing and sales, found this out the hard way when he turned vegan six years ago.
Photo: Alex Felipelli
“Dating can be hard… it's always a challenge finding someone that connects with you,” he says. “For vegans and vegetarians, it can get even harder because many will not consider dating an omnivore.”
Alex realised that most regular dating app users are simply not willing to accommodate going out with someone with a vastly different way of life – nevermind that more restaurants than ever are now offering plant-based options.
“A lot of people started to make jokes or simply ghosted me after I told them I was vegan,” he explains.
Misconceptions and stereotypes of vegans aside, the crux of it is not just about the culinary logistics of going on a date. It’s about deciding to build a life together.
“There's a whole set of values involved in being vegan that makes having a relationship with someone who doesn't share these values quite difficult.”