Pensioner Iris Jones raised eyebrows this morning when she talked about her Egyptian toy — 46 years her junior.
Iris, 82, married engineer Mohamed Ibrahim, 36, a year ago, and blushes TV hosts Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield with spicy tales of their sex lives.
But the Home Office has yet to grant Mohamed a husband-and-wife visa, keeping the couple 5,864 miles apart and harassing Iris.
Just before their first wedding anniversary, which is today, Iris says: “The heartache is unbelievable. We are just talking about what will happen when we meet.
“My lawyer says I have to be positive. I’m just hoping it will be good news. I miss Mohamed so much, I want him to be with me in the UK.
“If he doesn’t get the visa it will feel like the end of the world. It looks like he’s dead but he’s not dead – just missing.”
Mohamed says: “I miss my iris so much.”
A decision on whether Mohamed will be allowed to visit the UK should be made in early November, when the pair applied for visas in August.
Iris from Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, says: “All home office cares are proof of a relationship and we have a lot in common. They want proof that they too have somewhere to live and that’s okay, my own. It’s a bungalow.
He said, ‘He is also interested that he should have a good hold on English. He has passed the required English test.
“They care about finances too. Obviously you need to have £64,000 of finances for someone to come from the Far East on a spousal visa. I don’t have it, but it might be a little different as I am a pensioner.
Iris says Mohamed’s move to the UK would be “very good for the economy”, adding: “He could have worked at Hinkley Point power station – he is a trained engineer.”
Iris left viewers speechless in January last year by admitting on TV that she used an entire tube of KY Jelly lubricant when she first got intimate with Mohamed.
“The pills I take make my skin very thin,” Iris says. “So we can only do it by lying down, with him on top of me. Otherwise it’s very painful and I’ll get hurt.”
“I teased Phil and Holly by saying that we did it doggy style and the situation we manage is something similar but not really — it’s flattering.”
She says: “I like shocking people. Why not? It makes them laugh. I’m actually a sane – although I used KY Jelly. It spices up people’s otherwise boring lives to hear about what I’m doing in the bedroom.
“Having said this, Mohammed is my pharaoh. He is pure Egyptian. He is very, very sexy. He is a wonderful man.”
But many viewers were concerned that Iris might be betrayed by her new boyfriend, whom she met on Facebook in early 2019.
Iris, who is a mother to 55-year-old postman Stephen and recycling truck driver Darren, 53, says: “I’ve seen shows on television where women are duped by the thousands by young men, but I Never before has there been love like this.
“I know people think I’m an old bidder and he’s taking advantage of me, though not for money – I don’t have any. I’m not the kind of woman who can be duped. And he Never asked for any money – we split all expenses 50/50.
“I’m not afraid he will get a visa and then leave me. I trust him with my life.
“We last saw each other in December 2020 because of the pandemic and also because neither of us could afford to fly back and forth.
“But we talk morning, afternoon and night on the phone or on Facebook and he swears he is loyal to me. I will not give up until the Home Office gives him a visa.
When the retired care worker met Iris Mohamed, he had been divorced for 27 years and love was the furthest thing from his mind.
She says: “I met my first husband, Gwyn – who died of cancer in 2016 – at the local Chippy in Weston in the summer of 1962.
“We married in 1963. I was 24 and he was 26. But the marriage was not a happy one and we hadn’t had sex for five years until we separated in 1993. After the divorce, I had absolutely no sex with men. Didn’t care either.
“But I wasn’t alone. I’m not the only person — I like my company.”
Iris’ life changed forever in early 2019 when son Stephen bought her a laptop and signed her up on Facebook. She joined a group of atheists, where she conversed with Mohammed.
She says: “His wit shone and when he sent me some pictures, I thought, ‘Oh my god he’s drop-dead gorgeous’. But I realized how young he was, so I never thought he would Something from this will happen. He was in an arranged marriage for ten years which ended in May 2020, though they parted ways two years ago.
“When he started calling me ‘Babe,’ I said, ‘Don’t start making romantic assumptions, I’ll be an octogenarian soon’.
“But I realized that I was falling in love with him. He told me that he was in love with me before, about three weeks after we met. He said, ‘I didn’t mean to fall in love with Iris, 79, I did. just done’. He thinks we have a spiritual connection and it was meant to be.”
In November 2019, just five months after connecting online, Iris took a five-hour flight from London’s Heathrow to Cairo for their first meeting in real life.
She says: “I had a wedding dress in my bag. It was just assumed that we would get married, we were in love.
“In the arrivals hall I saw this tall, incredibly handsome man and just jumped into his arms.”
Mohammed, who moved back in with his parents after their marriage broke up, paid him to live in an apartment in the city. It was there, hours after they met, that they got intimate for the first time.
She says: “I was a little shy about seeing my body. He is very short and muscular whereas I am an old hag.
“But he thinks I’m really gorgeous. I always feel ugly but he says I’m beautiful.
“We didn’t just have sex, we even lay in each other’s arms.”
Unfortunately, they weren’t able to marry because Iris didn’t realize that she needed to bring her divorce papers with her. After a month, Iris was devastated to return to the UK but a month later she paid a further £600 to return to Cairo.
She says: “It was perfect to see him again. We learn a lot about each other every time. I am a jittery old dialect while he is more relaxed. But we balance each other out.”
Unable to marry either during that visit, as Mohamed’s divorce had not yet been finalized, the pair eventually tied the knot during Iris’ third visit, where she spent all official travel in October 2020. Followed the guidelines.
She says: “My sons didn’t know about it until they read about it online, but I didn’t care what they thought. This is my life. The wedding was very simple in the office building. Later we celebrated with Coca-Cola and KFC. That night, we just hugged, then made love the next morning. It was the best sex of my life and I was so happy.”
Now Iris is focused on bringing Mohammed back to Britain after a gap of ten months.
She says: “I don’t know what to do if I don’t see her soon, I can’t live in Egypt – it’s too hot and I need the NHS. But I’ll go there if I have to. Something Won’t keep me and Mohammad apart too.”
A Home Office spokesman said: “This application was submitted on August 12, with biometrics taken a week later.
“We will aim to make a decision within our service standard of 60 working days from the receipt of the biometrics.”