So, you’ve swiped right on what feels like every available person on Tinder.
You’ve tried online dating. You’ve had a go at speed dating. You’ve even gone on a date with your neighbour’s uncle’s ex-wife’s daughter’s best friend. (Spoiler: it didn’t work out.)
If it feels like you’ve exhausted every available avenue in the search for ‘the one’, meet 45-year-old Amanda Teague from Ireland.
Amanda happens to be a professional Jack Sparrow impersonator.
She also happens to be married to the ghost of a Haitian pirate named Jack who died in the 1700s. So she says.
Speaking to Daily Star, Amanda said she turned to the afterlife to find her “kindred spirit” (pun most definitely intended) after she became “fed up” with the real, living men that were on offer.
She said her relationship with “Jack” started in 2014, when she felt an ‘energy’ lying beside her while in bed. At first she wasn’t interested in making contact with the ghost because, well, that felt scary. But she said she soon became intrigued when she learned the duo were able to communicate verbally.
She said the pair spent a lot of time together, and grew closer as they watched TV (probably Ghost Hunters) and drove in the car together (… we really hope Amanda was behind the wheel).
“We became really close. The more I learned about him, the more I liked him,” she told Daily Star.
One of the things she learned? Jack is “black and has jet-black hair” and was executed for his exploits on the high seas. He was once even engaged to be married, but was jilted by his bride-to-be.
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“One day he said to me ‘We can actually be together you know’ but I had never heard of an intimate relationship between a spirit and a human before,” Amanda said.
“I did some research and found out it is a real thing and there are lots of people in spiritual relationships.”
Soon enough, Amanda was ready to get married. There was just one problem: weddings between humans and spirits are not technically legal.
So, staying true to Jack’s roots, Amanda hired a registrar, gathered her closest family and friends and sailed into international waters for the ceremony.
A spiritual medium was also on hand to ensure Jack was actually saying “I do”.
“He is my soulmate. I am so happy,” Amanda said of her relationship with her new invisible husband.