THEY WERE ONCE TORONTO SOCIETY’S POWER DUO. INSTAGRAM TELLS THE TALE OF THEIR BREAKUP

The news coursed through the sewers of Toronto society in the way it so often does these days: via Instagram.

Nolan Bryant, left, and Mary Symons at a Max Mara event in Toronto in 2015. (GEORGE PIMENTEL PHOTO)

The news coursed through the sewers of Toronto society in the way it so often does these days: via Instagram.

“Home…where this ring belongs,” declared Mary Symons, a self-styled bon vivant, in a post she put up late last year, riffing on an image of three interlocking gold bands. “Bought at age 18 in Florence,” she went on, “the #trinityring stands for #love #trust #friendship…never let it go where it does not belong.”

In the symbolism of the day, this much was clear: when the going gets tough, the tough go hash-tagging.

That — and because posts likes these this is the electronic equivalent, in our age, of putting up a billboard at Yonge-Dundas Square — it was an open invitation to speculate.  In the parlance of millennial love on social media (though Symons is far from a millennial), it was definitely also performative. For those of us who’d heard the sotto voce whispers, it served, too, as confirmation: the biggest “divorce” in see-and-be-seen circles here, in some time, had occurred not between two lovebirds, but between a young widow and her gay BFF (or “gusband,” as that too-trite sobriquet goes) .

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