An octogenarian with an Egyptian toyboy lover broke down in tears as she told how she has spent weeks without him and is ‘skint’ after returning from his homeland.
Iris Jones, 81, said she fears having little time left to spend with Mohamed Ahmed Ibriham, 36, who is apparently struggling to secure a spousal visa for the UK because of red tape.
She told Metro.co.uk she has had no word on when her husband, 45 years her junior, will able to join her at her modest bungalow in Somerset.
The grandma said she won’t be making a fourth visit to Egypt after making expensive trips to the country, where she says the environment is ill-suited to her health.
Breaking down in tears, she said: ‘I get days when I’m alright and other days when I’m just crying all the time,
‘I’m separated from someone I love, it’s so hard. I haven’t got time on my side, his lawyers know that.
‘I’ve had to go over there three times and come back without him.
‘I keep on at Mohamed to get his law firm to hurry up with the visa, I don’t know what the delay is, but it is complicated.
‘There’s lots of documents and papers to get; in Cairo people have to queue up men in one line, women in the other, and there’s nothing online.
‘Mohamed has to get many, many documents to fill in to come to Britain.
‘I’m suffering from headaches and stress and I’m going to the doctor to get a letter saying I’ve got so many health issues I need my husband with me in Britain, hoping they’ll bend the rules a bit and let him come over and look after me.
‘I can’t go back to Egypt, that country does not suit me.
‘It’s too hot, it’s too dusty, I don’t like the food and the fumes from the traffic is absolutely horrendous. Half the cars on the road would be crushed if they were in Britain.’
Iris married her young flame in Cairo at a low-key ceremony after they met on a Facebook group exploring atheism.
Celebrating with fried chicken at a local KFC, it was meant to be the start of plans for him to join her in Weston-super-Mare before a move to Bristol or Birmingham where he can find work.
A few days after the wedding in November 2020 the straight-talking pensioner shrugged off concerns from her family as she gave intimate details of their sex life to Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield on ITV’s This Morning.
She returned alone from her latest visit on December 11 and spent Christmas with her two sons, Stephen, 54, and Darren, 53.
Mohamed, who lives with his parents and siblings in Giza, has insisted their relationship is ‘true love’ and said he is not using Iris – who divorced her former husband more than 40 years ago – as a route to money or British residency.
The couple speak every day on Windows Live Messenger.
Iris, however, fears she does not have long left to spend with her spouse.
‘When I was over there I was spending £50 a day on accommodation, and when you work out £50 a day for three months, I’ve come back skint,’ she said.
‘Although Mohamed is an engineer, the money over there is absolutely lousy. I get more in benefits from the Government here than he does in wages over there.
‘He just can’t save and I can’t afford to go back.
‘I don’t what the future holds if he can’t get a visa.’
Iris, a former cleaner who claims pension and disability benefits, now fears she may never see the love of her life again.
‘They say all will come to those who wait, trouble is I don’t have long to wait,’ she said.
‘I haven’t got age on my side. I could drop dead tomorrow. Every day is precious. It’s bloody awful being apart.’
Mohamed previously said: ‘I don’t care where we live or how rich or poor she is, I just want to be with Iris.’
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