Couple Defend Relationship After Negative Comments Swarm In

February 28, 2016 Updated: February 28, 2016

Ashley Stevens and Christopher Reed have been in a relationship for more than two years.

At a wedding, the two shared a funny picture, but for some strangers who commented on the photo, something was wrong.

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“I told them we should make funny faces,” Stevens, 21, told People magazine. “We posted it on Facebook, our friend sent it to Reddit, and the following morning we were on their homepage.”

The Georgia couple got negative comments after the picture was shared on June 21.

“People were saying she was too good-looking for me and that it looks like I have Down syndrome,” Reed, 21, told the publication. “Some comments said there was no way I could be her boyfriend and they made fun of my weight.”

When we looked at what people were saying, we laughed.
— Christopher Reed

Reed added that “when we looked at what people were saying, we laughed.”

“We both have the mind-set that we understand who we are as individuals and what we have for each other,” he said. Stevens added, “Our relationship is real, and we both care about each other very much. Our relationship – it’s not about looks – it’s about what is inside.”

“People should care about what’s inside,” she told the publication. “What matters is how happy and special he makes me feel. I’m the luckiest girl in the world.”

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And some of the comments were downright nasty–like these two:

One user wrote: “That fatty should be jumping up and down that this girl is even with him let alone him possibly getting that much closer to marrying her.”

Another added: “My thoughts exactly. He’s clearly punching above his weight (and he’s not a tiny looking fella). He should be putting a ring on her ASAP.”