How did The Little Couple’s Bill Klein and Jen Arnold meet?

Bill Klein - Jen Arnold Wedding Picture

Many viewers know The Little Couple‘s Bill Klein and Jen Arnold connected as adults on a dating website for little people. But, did you know their love story actually extends back three decades?

“My first meeting with Jennifer was when we were 10 years old. We were both in the hospital in Baltimore. She was in for surgery, and I was in for physical therapy,” Bill told TLC of his eventual wife. They both traveled from the home states in opposite corners of the country to meet with the same orthopedic surgeon. “I remember that I was very happy when I first saw her but she was not in a good mood, because she just had surgery the day or two before… I remember it very, very, well. I even remember the room that she was in. Nonetheless, she didn’t remember me, at all.”

Although she doesn’t recall that meeting, Jen said she absolutely believes it: “Everything he described about that day, me and the people in the room was perfect.”

Young Bill Klein Childhood - Young Jennifer Arnold
Young Bill Klein and Jen Arnold.

After that encounter, Bill and Jen’s paths didn’t cross for another 10 years. By that point, Jen was studying with their doctor and preparing for medical school.

“Our doctor and nurse practitioner actually tried to set us up a few times, believe it or not,” Jen said. “Both Bill and I were interested in going into medicine and we both shadowed our surgeon, but I never got to meet him because we did it at different times.”

That blind date never came to be and — once again — Bill and Jen fell out of each others lives for another 10 years.

“I registered for a website called… I wrote to her, but she wasn’t paying the bill for her registration, so she could not read my email,” Bill said.

Three months later, Jen logged online “with my best friend and a glass of wine.” Although she was more interested in finding female friends, she agreed to email one guy.

“I searched all of the profiles for young men, my age, with good jobs, who weren’t married, looking for love, and looking for people that I didn’t already know,” Jen recalled. “I came across Bill’s profile so I sent him a random email and said, ‘Have we ever met before at a Little People in America conference? You look familiar.’ That was my great pickup line.”

Bill Klein - Jen Arnold Honeymoon

Bill and Jen began chatting on the phone, but both were working long hours and had little spare time or energy.

“After about a month and a half of calls, she fell asleep on the phone one night — at that point I decided she was either too comfortable or too bored,” Bill said of Jen, who was a Neonatal Fellow at the time. “Either way, I needed to close the deal here because I was in love with her at that point.”

Determined to get the girl, Bill flew out to Pittsburgh, where Jen was living at the time. Still, Jen was apprehensive and only agreed to meet him at Starbucks.

“After I was vetted through that process, she felt comfortable enough to go to dinner,” Bill said of their first official meeting.

Jen added, “We had the longest conversation ever in Starbucks. It was awesome. I knew right away that this one was great, so I went home, got dressed again, and we went out to a sushi dinner where neither of us ate anything — to the point where the owners came out and they were like, ‘Is it bad?’ And we said,’No, we’re just talking so much.’ I had a wonderful time.”

Bill and Jen had a long-distance relationship for the next three years before tying the knot five years ago. Now the parents of two, Bill recently surprised Jen with a vow renewal.

The Little Couple airs on TLC Tuesday nights at 10/9c.

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  • LLCoolDay

    Great couple. Nothing bad to say about them at all (except maybe Bill could lay off the deuchey highlights in his hair lol)

  • Josie

    They’ve only been married three years? I didn’t realize they were newlyweds when the series began. Or were they?

    • starcasmnet

      Opps! Meant to say five years ago! They actually began on TLC with a special called “The Little Couple: Newlyweds” and appeared on Oprah around the same time.

  • Amish Electronics

    My favorite show! Jen is my role model. If i could be half the woman she is one day, that would be great!

    • GY

      If you were half the woman she is… you’d be 2 inches tall lol

  • RealityRealist

    Meant to be.

  • RealityRealist

    Bill used to be obnoxious. Go watch season 1

  • pegcity2011

    you guys have no idea how much i adore this couple, and show! ive watched it since day one.. so incredibly proud of both of them!

  • Carole Ann Davis

    Again, this disappeared all I see is No items??????????

  • Courtney Bixler

    They are such a cute couple. The kids they adopted are very lucky.

  • Cat

    Such a refreshing reality show. They are wonderful role models. A nice change from all the reality garbage on tv today. TLC, keep more shows like this on tv please!!! Bill and Jen, best of health and happiness to you both and your beautiful family. Your children are precious and blessed to have you both.

  • Sarita La Cubanita

    I just read this article about how they met. I love this couple! Watching the program comforts me, I learn a lot, and it’s so fascinating as they go through their successful lives and move forward with their family. It’s the only good reality show.

    • Lucille Lawwill

      This is the best reality show I have ever watched. Everything about it is so real, and unrehearsed. The kids are amazing. Bill and Jen great parents.

      • Sarita La Cubanita

        So true. They live their real lives, and even through difficulties, they handle things in a loving yet intelligent way. No Hollywood drama. I wish them the best always.

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