Heartwarming video documents 23-year friendship: ‘Brotherhood’

Two best friends have garnered viral attention online after they shared a video showing their heartwarming friendship spanning decades.

Kory Kuhl and Jordan Francis have been best friends since they were seven years old when they met in Sunday School at New Life Baptist Church in San Antonio, Texas.

In a now viral video shared across the internet, the couple put together a montage of images from when they first met in 1999 to a recent pic from 2022.

The video garnered viral attention on Reddit’s r/MadeMeSmile subreddit, where it received more than 76,000 upvotes and hundreds of comments.

Kory Kuhl & Jordan Francis' 23 year friendship
Pictures of the best friends, including when they first met in 1999, left, and more recently with their families in 2022. A video showing their strong friendship has swept the internet.
Korykuhlio/TikTok & 4jlivestock/TikTok

“How great to meet your other person so young,” said one commenter. While another Reddit user wrote, “This is adorable. To our best friends!”

Francis, 29, recalled the couple’s first meeting and recounted news week: “We became friends immediately. I wore a cast on my left arm, Kory asked me how I broke my arm, I told him about riding a pony.

“He later shared with me that he was having a cast removed from his right arm for falling out of a basketball hoop – and that’s where our friendship began.”

“We’ve been best friends ever since,” Kuhl said.

The pair’s long-standing friendship could be considered a rarity.

In 2021, the May American Perspective Survey noted the gradual decline in male friendships over the years. They shared that thirty years ago, 55 percent of men reported having at least six close friends, but today that number has halved, with just 27 percent of men reporting having six or more close friends.

Meanwhile, 15 percent of men say they have no close friends at all, a fivefold increase since 1990.

This downward trend in male friendships is of particular concern for young people, who often rely on friends for emotional and personal support. The survey revealed that young men today depend more on their parents than on their friends. Only 22 percent said they rely on friends when times are tough, and 36 percent said their first call is to their parents.

But for these friends, their close relationship was a constant: “It never really felt like a big deal to me,” Kuhl said. “We’ve just always been brothers through thick and thin. There was never a time I thought we wouldn’t be best friends forever.

“We used to talk about growing up and having families of our own and our families spending time together, hanging out, having barbecues. It’s amazing and surreal that we’re there now.”

“It’s really more than a friendship, it’s grown into a brotherhood. Something that not only benefits both of us, but everyone around us,” said Francis.

“Beautiful friendship and beautiful families. God bless you both,” wrote another commenter on the viral post.

While the two now live farther apart than they’d like — about four hours — they’re still incredibly close and often catch up.

Thrilled by the viral attention the video received, Francis said, “It’s amazing to see the positive effects of the video.

“It’s incredible,” Kuhl said of the viral response. “I’m so glad it went viral, we live in such difficult times and there is so much hate in this world. I’m just glad we got to share our story of brotherhood and show the world that we can all love one another.”

https://www.newsweek.com/heartwarming-video-23-year-friendship-strong-1711972 Heartwarming video documents 23-year friendship: ‘Brotherhood’

Rick Schindler

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