However, one good thing has come out of Iris Jones’ heartbreak: she will be able to enjoy the holiday season with her sons.
Iris, from Weston-super-Mare, stunned Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield on ITV’s This Morning after sharing intimate details about her relationship.
The couple, who first spoke on Facebook, got married earlier this year and spent their honeymoon in Sharm el-Sheikh.
And Iris now has plans for them to eventually move to Bristol, Mirror Online reports.
But speaking so openly about her love life has damaged her relationship with her sons Stephen, 54, and Darren, 53.
Stephen has once said it “causes a lot of friction” in the family – but now they’ve put their differences aside so Iris doesn’t have to spend Christmas Day alone.
Iris said, “My boys now accept the fact that it’s genuine. We really love each other.
“I will be spending Christmas with Stephen, his wife and my stepchildren. But I will always wear a mask and I will not touch any surface. I don’t want to be alone. ”
Iris, divorced for 40 years, started chatting with Mohamed on Facebook last summer.
They first met in November 2019 and have been together ever since – but Mohamed has so far failed to secure the necessary documents to settle in the UK from Egypt.
Iris said she didn’t talk to her new love on Christmas Day “because he’s a Muslim and doesn’t celebrate it.”
But she said the couple usually talk every day and admitted that she was still taken aback by her feelings for Mohamed.
Iris said: “I didn’t think that would happen at my age – falling so deeply in love with someone half my age – but you can’t help but fall in love.
“Age doesn’t matter. I go from being so happy when we’re together to the absolute depths of misery when we’re apart. ”
Iris and Mohamed’s wedding in Cairo was very low key.
Instead of going for a traditional ceremony, they just signed the papers to make things official and then celebrated with fried chicken at the local KFC.
But since his return to the UK on December 11, Iris has sadly missed Mohamed.
‘All I want is for us to be together’
“It’s very, very, very difficult,” she says. “I lived with him for three months in Egypt. But I can’t go back – the heat is not good for my health.
“I told Mohamed that he had to come here to see me but if he doesn’t get a visa, I don’t know what will happen. He wants to come here to take care of me.
Iris can’t wait to start a new life with Mohamed.
She said: “I want to sell my little bungalow and have Mohamed get his visa and then we can move to Bristol or Birmingham where he could find a hell of a good job. All I want is for us to be together.