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Odd Couple: Art imitates life for this real world 'Will and Grace'

 by Stephanie Berger
 published on Thursday, August 25, 2005

Jacque Wing (left) and Matt Vincent (right) are comfortable in bed together, but their relationship isn't quite what you may think ... they're more Will and Grace than Rachel and Ross./issues/arts/693531
Jacque Wing (left) and Matt Vincent (right) are comfortable in bed together, but their relationship isn't quite what you may think ... they're more Will and Grace than Rachel and Ross.
 

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He loves to cook, she loves to eat. She does the laundry, while he cleans the house. Every night when he gets home from work, she asks how his day was.

They sound like the perfect couple, but there are just a few minor issues. They aren't married. The two aren't even dating. And then there's the big one: he's gay.

"How am I supposed to argue with him on that one?" says Jacque Wing, public relations junior.

Wing, 20, and Matt Vincent, a 21-year-old bioengineering major, are roommates who spend all their time together, love each other and just happen to be straight and gay, respectively. Things could get confusing, but it makes sense within the framework of "Will and Grace," their favorite TV show.

Main characters Will and Grace dated in college, separated for a year when Will revealed he was gay, and then reunited to become best friends and roommates for the past seven seasons.

Wing says that when Vincent admitted he was gay after dating her for over a year, she cut him out of her life because he had been dishonest. At the time, Wing was going to Pepperdine University, while Vincent attended ASU. The distance kept them apart, but Wing soon missed Vincent so much that she broke down and called him.

Vincent and Wing met in February 2001 at Teen Lifeline, a peer counseling hotline for troubled youth, where both volunteered. Vincent, a junior in high school, was Wing's peer trainer. He quickly became friends with the sophomore.

Wing asked Vincent to her junior prom as friends, but when they attended the senior prom together a year later, the relationship had developed into more. The two began dating, and although they never kissed or held hands, Vincent introduced Wing as his girlfriend at his family's Fourth of July barbeque.

The following August, Wing went off to school.

"It was easier to pretend our relationship was normal, because it was long distance," Vincent says.

But by the time Spring Break rolled around, Wing wanted some answers.

"It was time for a DTR - a define the relationship talk," she says.

During dinner one night, Wing mentioned that she didn't approve of gay marriage. That's when Vincent knew he was going to have to tell her the truth.

When Vincent finally managed to get the words out, Wing was devastated. She was so distraught that she got lost driving home to Scottsdale, where she had lived her entire life. Wing says that when Vincent admitted he was gay after dating her for over a year, she cut him out of her life because he had been dishonest.

But she couldn't keep from calling Vincent for long.

"We would fall asleep on the phone together," says Vincent "We called it phone sleep, instead of phone sex."

That summer they learned to finally have a completely open and honest relationship, by promising to tell each other everything. During this time they discovered "Will and Grace."

"It really helped us because even though it's just a TV show, it showed us that there are other couples like us out there," said Wing.

When Wing returned to Pepperdine the next fall, she saw the school from a different perspective.

"Pepperdine's not gay friendly or open minded," Wing says. "I felt extremely shut off because I no longer agreed with their positions against homosexuality."

So, she decided to transfer to ASU at Christmas break. At first, Vincent thought it would be a bad idea for Wing to live with him. But when one of his roommates moved out, it seemed only natural to at least try it out. The situation couldn't be more ideal.

"Actually, it's horrible and I hate it and I want to leave every day," Wing says jokingly, punching Vincent in the arm.

Both Vincent and Wing are currently single, and they want each other to find love.

"I'm going to be Jacque's maid of honor at her wedding," Vincent says.

"And we're going to have a choreographed dance to the "Will and Grace" theme song," Wing adds.

"Speaking of theme song," Vincent says, "We think that our life would make a great musical. We're currently looking for a lyricist and choreographer, if you know anyone."

Reach the reporter at Stephanie.m.berger@asu.edu.



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