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22-Year-Old Rapper Meets 81-Year-Old Words With Friends Opponent For First Time

Friendships come in all shapes and sizes, but none that spell C-U-T-E like this one.

When a Silver Spring rapper, Spencer Sleyon, 22, logged on to a random game of Words With Friends over a year ago, he was matched with 81-year-old Rosalind ‘Roz’ Guttman, of Florida.

Little did Sleyon know she would come to be his ‘best friend’ sooner or later.

The pair sparked a rare companionship after Roz pulled a ‘phat’ out of the bag, impressing Sleyon, whose username ‘F*CKFACEFILTH’ was deemed ‘masterful alliteration’ by the octogenarian.

The pair developed a burgeoning friendship, Sleyon told The Root, adding:

One day I searched for a random game, and that’s how I ended up finding her. And we pretty much played every day for five months.

Sometimes we’d speak about personal things, but nothing extra personal… Politics, the election, hurricanes.

Sleyon logged off after life ‘became too hectic’, and the pair lost touch. Roz had told Sleyon to always reach for the stars, and in some way, that advice led him to move to Harlem to pursue his dream of producing and rapping.

While there, he reconnected with an old friend, Hannah, whose mother, Pastor Amy Butler, helped Roz and Spencer meet for the first time in person in Florida just last week.

Butler told The Root:

One night, a few months ago, they started a conversation about who their best friends were, and Spencer said, ‘My best friend is an 80-year-old white woman who lives in a retirement community in Florida’, and I said, ‘What?’

…Because I’m in the business of bringing people together…I pitched the idea of meeting Roz to Spencer, and he said yes.

The story quickly went viral after Sleyon shared it with Twitter, writing:

so last summer i randomly met this 80 y/o woman on words with friends. we played 300+ games together and she actually ended up becoming a good friend of mine. today i got to go to florida and meet her in person


He shared some pictures of the friends’ reunion:


Needing some good news, the tweet has since racked up over one million likes, at time of writing.

The story has conjured a serious wave of feels, with some people confessing they cried when they saw the photographs of the two companions meeting for the first time.

Join them, and us, in sharing more of this love:


Others also shared stories about their own Friends with Words:


When The Root asked why he thought the story went viral, Sleyon said:

Besides the obvious — the fact that I’m a young black male and this is an old white woman — a lot of people enjoyed the fact that we were able to get so close, especially given the tension in the country.

Ironically, there are no words to express the feels.

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