Published: 16:00, 26 May 2020
| Updated: 17:22, 27 May 2020
A grandmother who fell in love and married a toyboy who is 36 years her junior is now desperate for him to move to the UK amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Isabell Dibble, who is 62 and from Dymchurch on Romney Marsh, fell for taxi driver Bayram Boussada, 26, after he added her on Facebook in May 2019.
The receptionist mistook him for a man she had met while on holiday in Tunisia, North Africa who had the same name, and she initially declined his online friend request - thinking he was "too young" for her.
However she gave him another chance and after they got chatting, she realised it was a different person altogether.
Although Isabell was sceptical at first, the pair hit it off, and she flew over to meet him in Tunisia, in October 2019, where he proposed.
Smitten Isabell said yes and despite their age gap, she says she has never been happier.
The lovebirds tied the knot in January this year in Madeira and celebrated with around 100 guests, including Bayram's family.
Isabell says her family is supportive of their relationship.
She said: "We got married in the local registry and had a reception just across the road from where his parents live.
"The wedding was incredible and his family are so supportive too.
"My family were unsure at first, of course they would be.
"But their attitude is: 'You had it tough in life, so do whatever makes you happy.'
"I lost three husbands and they know I need some excitement and love in my life.
"They know I'm young at heart and that he makes me happy."
Isabell adds that the pair are on the same page about having children together: "We've spoken about kids and I've already got three grown up daughters, so I don't want anymore.
"For now, he's happy not having kids.
"Plus he's young enough that if he does change his mind, he'll have time when he's older to have them with someone else."
But now the couple are struggling to get Bayram to the UK and they are not sure when they will next be together.
Isabell said: "There must be so many people in our position with their partners stuck abroad and finding it hard to get a visa during the Covid-19 outbreak.
"It's so difficult with everything going on at the moment, it's a bit up in the air.
"I'm hoping it may be by June but who knows.
"I just can't wait to get him over here so we can start enjoying our time together."
Isabell, who has 10 grandchildren, says the couple's priority is just being together
She added: "I know there are so many cons that go on so I had my doubts and I was sceptical.
"I read stories about women like this and I never thought I'd be in this position.
"He's never asked me for money, he's never asked me for anything. He doesn't care if I move there or he comes here, we just want to be together.
"I have family here, children and grandchildren, so I don't want to leave.
'She just makes me so happy - I trust her and she trusts me...'
"We're struggling to get him over here with everything going on, neither of us earn enough unfortunately, but hopefully things will turn around soon."
Bayram says he can't wait to start his life with Isabell once the travel restrictions are lifted.
He said: "I don't care about our age gap, I don't think about it.
"Age is just a number and I don't see her as an 'older woman', I just see her as a good woman.
"She just makes me so happy - I trust her and she trusts me.
"Corona is making it hard but she is my wife, I'd wait forever, and soon everything can start again."
Isabell's daughter, Emma, 37, was dubious when she first found out about Bayram but is now fully supportive of her mum's relationship.
She said: "You hear all sorts of stories about younger men meeting older women and they're only after one thing.
"Although after seeing their connection, I can see how genuine they are.
"He clearly loves my mum.
"She's been through a lot over the years and had lots of losses in life so it's really nice to see her happy."
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