A man who married an 81-year-old woman when he was 35 has explained that it was love at first sight, despite there being a 46-year age gap.
Iris Jones, from Weston-super-Mare in the UK, met Mohamed on a Facebook group and they tied the knot in Egypt in 2020, though this was much to the disapproval of Iris’ family.
As per the Daily Mail, the now 83-year-old’s family gave her the silent treatment after the pair got married, maybe because the reception was in a KFC.
Iris and her husband appeared on the British talk show This Morning where they told hosts Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby about their relationship.
“He is wonderful, but the fact that their father is younger than their sons is maybe a point of contention. But it makes no difference. I’m older than his mother and father, my mother-in-law and father-in-law are younger than me, it makes no difference, we love each other and that’s all that matters” Iris said.
The topic then moved onto how the ceremony went, which they confessed was not a traditional wedding.
“It was an exchange of documents. We had to sign several documents for the signature,” Iris said. “After that, the document was handed to us, one for Mohamed and one for me, all in Arabic, I don’t know what it says at all. It might say that i’m completely under his thumb, but if that’s the case, I’m not.”
Mohamed said: “My [feeling] is very good, we have in the past difficulties. Egyptian men are good men who take care of their wives.”
Speaking to the Daily Mail, he further explained how he fell in love with Iris: “I was very nervous but the moment I laid eyes on her I knew that it was true love. I’m a very lucky man to have found a woman like this.
“I don’t care where we live or how rich or poor she is, I just want to be with Iris,” Mohamed continued. “At the end of the day, which country she wants to make her home is her choice; it can be either Britain or Egypt.
“People think I am with her for all the wrong reasons. I know Britain is a beautiful country and a lot of people want to go there but I’m not bothered. I’m prepared to live with her anywhere in the world.”
He went on to reveal that his mother is happy with his bride and getting his mother’s seal of approval is all that really matters to him.
Mohamed further explained: “It might seem a bit strange having a wife who is 20 years older than your mother but that’s love. It makes you blind. When you are a man and you fall in love with a woman, it doesn’t matter how old she is or what she looks like.”