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I can’t wait to wed my jobless 35-year-old Egyptian boyfriend, he’s not after my money, says British pensioner, 80

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I can’t wait to wed my jobless 35-year-old Egyptian boyfriend, he’s not after my money, says British pensioner, 80

An 80-year-old British pensioner, Iris Jones, is planning to wed her 35-year-old Egyptian toyboy, Mohamed Ahmed Irbriham.

Iris Jones is 10 years older than Irbriham’s mummy. But she fell for the jobless Egyptian and fell into his arms the first time they met.

Within hours, four sexless decades were swept away on a tide of passion.

After four days they tried to wed in Cairo but didn’t have the right paperwork. Now Iris is saving up to return – despite opposition from her family.

Feisty Iris insists Mohamed isn’t after her money nor is he seeking a passport to Britain. She says:

“If he’s marrying me for my fortune he’ll be sadly disappointed because I live on a pension.

“I don’t suffer fools gladly. I’m honest and I’m truthful and I told him straight away he couldn’t be a freeloader.

“In Egypt we were quite frivolous, going out to the best restaurants all the time and we split everything 50/50.

“He’s even said he’ll sign a pre-nup because it’s me he wants – not my house.

“I’ve spent years making other people happy, now I just want to marry the man I love before I die.

“I’ve always been a bit of a rebel and he’s just perfect for me.”

Iris, of Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, tells how Mohamed greeted her when they first met at Cairo airport last November.

“I was shocked by how tall he is,” she says.

“He’s 6ft 2in and I’m a foot smaller but he just gave me a huge hug.”

After four days of meeting each other, they tried to wed in Cairo but didn’t have the right paperwork (Image: Iris Jones)

Hours later, they became intimate and Iris adds:

“It was incredible. I felt like a virgin again.

“It wasn’t easy but it was very loving and romantic.

“My ex-husband said I was frigid when we divorced 40 years ago but I now know I’m certainly not.”

She admits their first encounter came in a “sleazy run-down” area of Cairo – because, Iris says, respectable hotels would have frowned on their age gap.

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Iris lives on £200-a-week pension and disability benefit. A former cleaner, she has a £220,000 bungalow.

Mohamed, meanwhile, has little savings after quitting his job when his boss refused to give him time off for Iris’s visit. But the Romeo, from Giza, insists he is not interested in Iris for material gain.

He says:

“This is not about money. Money is not everything. It cannot buy you happiness.

“Love has no age and knows no limits. Iris and I found we understood each other well and felt the tenderness. I do not care about anyone’s opinion – only what feels good to me.

“Iris is wonderful, understanding and compassionate. We share the same views about lots of things. I’m not interested in Iris’s money. I work as a quality inspector in the field of welding materials and travelled to many countries.

“It is not right people look at everything through materialism. If they do, they have no feelings.”

Iris defends Mohamed, saying:

“We are absolutely equal in every way. He’s not using me. If anything I’m using him because my love for him is selfish – I’m not going to let him go.”

The romance has caused upset with Iris’s sons. While newlywed Steve, 54, has reluctantly accepted the relationship, Darren, 53, hasn’t. Iris says:

“Steve heard Mohamed and I on the phone. He could see how well we got on, how happy he makes me. He’s a bit wary but I’m sure, given time, he will accept Mohamed as a father.

“But Darren is worried Mohamed is just after my money and we had a big row which resulted in me asking him to leave the house. We have made up since, but I’ve asked him not to talk about it – I don’t want to argue.

“Mohamed’s never asked for money. I don’t have any. I’ve done a lot for my boys over the years and I want them to understand that it’s time for me to be selfish now and look after myself.”

The unlikely couple “met” last summer through a Facebook page exploring atheist views. They began messaging each other and, two weeks later, Mohamed proclaimed his love and jokingly referred to her as “wife”.

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Iris says:

“I asked him, ‘What do you want an old biddy like me for? You’ve not met me, you’ve never touched my skin or looked into my eyes’.

“But he told me I was a wonderful charming lady who he loved to bits. Slowly, I started to feel the same and then he sent me a picture of himself and I thought, ‘Ooh, you’re gorgeous’.

“We are both Virgos. I think that’s why we get on. We are soulmates. He’s a very intelligent man and was looking for an intelligent woman. I don’t look my age and I’m fit and healthy, but it’s definitely a case of brains over beauty.”

Their physical relationship hit problems in Cairo when she fell down some stairs and spent two nights in hospital – with, Iris says, “absolute gentleman” Mohamed by her side. They then spent five days in Cairo, visiting the pyramids and taking camel and boat rides.

Iris met her prospective mother-in-law – aged 70 – and says:

“She was marvellous and glad her son had found the woman he’d been looking for. She said age was just a number. We got on like a house on fire.”

Iris and Mohamed went to the British Embassy to check whether they could marry in Cairo. But she didn’t have her divorce papers and they also needed a certificate of no impediment to show there was no barrier to getting married.

“When they said we couldn’t get married I howled,” Iris says.

“We went to see a lawyer to find out what paperwork we need. The lift was broken but Mohamed is so wonderful he carried me up four flights of stairs.”

They later flew to the Red Sea resort of Hurghada for a fortnight, then Iris returned home. Mohamed wants to join her here but has been refused a tourist visa because of a lack of savings.

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However, Iris is determined to marry. Close to tears, she says:

“I’ve met the right person aged 80 and it’s true love. I’ve never known anything like it and can’t live without him. I’ll do what it takes, even sell up and go to a different country with him.

“I worry I’ll die before I get a chance to marry. Mohamed says we might not have much time but that I will never die because I will always be in his heart.

He’s amazing in every way… almost. His English isn’t amazing and he can get words mixed up, but who needs language when you are in love?”

Son Darren said: “I’d rather keep my views to myself. I just want to stay on the fence. She’s old enough to make her own mistakes.”

Mirror UK

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