11:35 EST 5 April 2013
Her good-looking DUI mugshot took a hold of the internet and hundreds of men’s hearts in 24 hours – prompting over-the-top declarations of love, countless memes and even a few marriage proposals.
But unlike the model or actress people presumed was behind the ‘Attractive Convict’ – a DUI driver pictured online yesterday – she is actually a mom-of-four medical assistant from Florida.
Meagan Mccullough, 27, of Zephyrhills, as she was then known, was arrested for DUI in July 2010 leading to her mugshot being taken in an orange jumpsuit.
Obsessed: Dozens of men made memes fawning over Meagan McCullough
Reality: Her name is now Meagan Simmons and she lives in Florida with her four children
Her natural good looks meant yesterday, three years on, it caught the attention of the sharing website Reddit and soon spread around the internet like wildfire.
Dozens of men fashioned memes featuring the police shot with captions such as ‘GUILTY – of taking my breath away’, ‘Arrested for breaking and entering – YOUR HEART’ and ‘Tell me what she did so I can end up in the same jail’.
Social media sites were overtaken by comments from men wanting to marry her, looking for her phone number and asking if she is a model.
Meagan, who is now formally separated from her husband and goes by her maiden name Simmons, has been left baffled by the sudden interest and bemused by the obsession with a picture she thinks ‘is terrible’.
‘I was out drinking in Tampa with a girlfriend at the time,’ she told Mail Online. ‘We were riding together and I wasn’t planning to drive at all that night.
‘It was a really fun night but she saw her boyfriend and said she wanted to go with him. So I decided to drive home which was a terrible idea.’
‘I had just been crying when the photo was taken and I was drunk. I knew I’d caused a lot of trouble and my parents were really upset and I was really upset. I wasn’t thinking about how I looked at all.’
‘I don’t think it’s that good a picture – there are other ones I would prefer. ‘
But her new legion of fans tend to disagree.
Even on the arrest site numerous men have commented in the most over-the-top fashion on her beauty.
‘The eyes of the sky. And hair like woven silk. I have taken photos of thousands of woman and never seen one with what you have in those eyes breath taking you are.’
‘I hope if you have a man he takes care of you and showers you with love and tenderness. If we were together you would need for nothing . I would go to the ends of the earth just to make you happy,’ one man posted.
Single: Simmons is unaware of the worldwide attraction she’s had as the ‘Attractive Convict’ picture went viral this week
Record: She was charged with a driving offense before 2010 but now appears to have turned her life around
Another asks her to move to Ireland: ‘What’s up with that surname, you must have Irish heritage?
You got bar work experience?’
‘Come to Ireland, I’ll put you up for a while and you can work in my friends pub while you find your feet, look up your family history and then move on to something better. ‘
‘Over here, we don’t call you a criminal for driving drunk (unless repeatedly caught). I’m not joking by the way.’
Meagan said the sudden attention has been ‘weird’ and she has received a lot of ‘gross’ messages from guys as a result.
‘I’ve had to block a lot of people,’ she said.
She has two daughters and two sons who are all of school age and says they come as part of a package.
However, fortunately for her new army of obsessive suitors she is still looking for The One.
Obsession: Men have proposed and asked her to move around the world to be with them after the picture went viral
‘Guys may find me attractive but they don’t want a relationship and it’s disappointing.
‘I am single and I’m a hopeless romantic and I’m really picky. If it was just a nice normal guy who happened to come across the picture – but I’d have to do a background check because who would do that?’
‘I think its weird, you can’t be serious about someone if it’s based off their mugshot and that mugshot is something I’m ashamed of – I’m not happy about it.’
She was previously arrested in 2006 for driving while her license was revoked while she worked at Hooters but it now appears she’s put her trouble with the law behind her.
‘After all that things are totally different,’ she told Mail Online.
‘That whole situation made me change a lot of things – it was a wake up call.’
She now works as a medical assistant and often posts about her close relationship with her mom and dad and raising her kids.
But that’s not to say she is unaware of her good looks.
‘I never know what to wear to my kids school functions…dress like a mom or the sexy woman I am #hotmomproblems,’ she recently wrote on Twitter.
Her family and friends are equally bemused by the attention although some like it less than others.
‘My mom is like me – she laughed it off and said at least the photo could be worse, but my dad was not happy with the whole situation at the time and he wants it to just go away,’ she said
using the number/letter grid:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z
A = 1 J = 1 S = 1
B = 2 K = 2 T = 2
C = 3 L = 3 U = 3
D = 4 M = 4 V = 4
E = 5 N = 5 W = 5
F = 6 O = 6 X = 6
G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7
H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8
I = 9 R = 9
451715 4333336378 66
her path of destiny = 66 = Working mom.
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