"He was Benedick to my Beatrice"

Benedick and Beatrice are two characters from William Shakespeare's comedy drama Much Ado About Nothing.

At the start of the play, Benedick and Beatrice, who have previously had some romantic involvement, engage in mutual insults and witty repartee designed to show how much they hate one another.  However, Benedick is tricked by match-making friends into believing that Beatrice is madly in love with him, and Beatrice is similarly tricked to believe that Benedick is madly in love with her. The culmination of this at the end of the play is that the couple eventually come round to making a public declaration of their love for each other.