Is there something in the Moroccan air? Something, maybe, in the water? Whatever it is it seems to be a powerful force when it comes to instant love. While there are many stories that could be told, our Celeb Affairs Editor, Amanda Huntingdon-Smyth, takes up the story of a love affair in Agadir, that has tongues wagging across the UK.She is 46. He is 21. She is a well known British soap opera star and he is a virtually penniless Moroccan goatherd. According to various media reports (RTE, News of the World et al) Eastenders' star, Cheryl Fergison is to wed a Moroccan goatherd Yassim al-Jemoni "after romping with him in a field".
The happy couple.
Divorcee Cheryl, who plays the dimwitted Heather Trott in the soap and is described by her friends as being diabetic and clinically obese, met Yassim on a social networking site. After a few Skype conversations she travelled to Morocco to meet him. Unable to spend private time in Yassim's parents apartment they spent time out amongst the goats and love was born!.
"It was electric," Cheryl says,"He made me feel like a woman."
Then, according to The News of the World, there was a second visit to Morocco at the end of June when Cheryl booked a luxurious villa for them both and revealed that she was a famous TV star in Britain.
The goatherd soon proposed to her, insisting it had nothing to do with her wealth. Smitten Cheryl was unsure at first but returned home to confide in friends that she'd found "the one". Well, good for him! Now, believe it or not the happy romping couple are to get married.
Will it end in smiles or tears? We'll keep you posted.
As promised here is the update: Moroccan Love Story Part 2