The Egyptian toyboy husband of a British pensioner who stunned the nation with intimate details of their sex life has insisted he isn't using his wife for money and is a 'rich man' despite critics concerns.
Iris Jones, an ex-cleaner from Weston-super-Mare in Somerset, who gets by on a £200-a-week pension and disability benefit, met Mohamed Ibriham, from Cairo, on Facebook in the summer of 2019.
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The pair later met in person, before marrying each other in November 2020. But due to Mohamed's wait for a visa, they hadn't seen each other in person since last December, keeping in touch via phone and Facebook chat.
Iris - who gained national notoriety after sharing details of her sex life with Mohamed - was shopping earlier this month when Mohamed rang to tell her that he'd been granted a three-year visa after meeting the English language requirements and proving he was able to move in with Iris.
Appearing on This Morning today to talk about their reunion, the two dismissed negative reactions they've received to their 46-year age gap and insisted they will love each other 'forever' - with Mohamed adding that he's a 'rich man' with a bungalow in Cairo.
Viewers first met Iris in January 2020 when her love story with Mohamed first began. Finally, on November 3, Mohamed's visa was approved and they were reunited.
Co-host Holly Willoughby began by explaining Iris didn't know what was going to happen while waiting for the visa and Iris said: 'No, no, living day to day. Living on a knife edge, really, you know.
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'Just talking, messaging morning, noon and night, that got boring. I thought, "When is he going to come over?"
Co-presenter Phillip Schofield asked where Iris was when she found out the visa had been granted.
Iris recalled: 'In Tesco, doing my shopping, in the fruit and veg aisle. Tears just poured down, I couldn't stop crying. One of the assistants said, "are you alright?" And I said, "Yes, I'm just very, very happy."
Mohamed also described the moment he found out the news. He said: 'I am feeling in the sky. "Iris!" I was screaming in the street in Cairo. Some people think I'm mad, crazy. My wife, we'll be together at last!'
On being reunited in the airport, Iris said the moment felt 'surreal'. She added: 'It was like I was outside of myself, looking in.'
Phillip asked what life has been like in the UK and Mohamed said, 'I can't explain. We have very high pressure. I can't explain. Some people attack us. Why? I am working… I have business administration. I'm not with Iris because I need something… I am a rich man, I have a bungalow in Cairo.'
On the negative comments from critics who claimed Mohamed was using Iris for her money, Iris said it hadn't spoiled the romance for her.
Mohamed Ahmed Ibriham, 35, swept British grandmother Iris Jones, 80, from Somerset, off her feet when they met on Facebook last year and she flew to Egypt to be with him.#kenyaatoscars#WhoKilledMutula#Wakstikitaka pic.twitter.com/sm2sIAVauy— Veronica Hope (@VeronicaHope_) November 10, 2020
'Love conquers all,' she said. 'We're going through problems now because Mohamed is adjusting to life in the west and I'm adjusting to having a man around the place.
'He is very, very tidy now, he hasn't dropped anything on the floor, he asks if I want a cup of tea.'
Mohamed revealed: 'She's very, very fussy.' Phillip smiled and said, 'She's the boss' and Mohamed laughed.
On plans for Christmas, Iris said: 'We don't yet, we don't know whether we'll be invited to one son or the other or we'll be on our own, they might think we want to be on our own, it makes no difference.'
Mohamed added: 'They visit us in our home and say congratulations and they give their regards for us. I give you all of you and all the people around the world who support us, strong thanks, strong regard, because all of you support our love story.'
Iris said she thinks their story could be turned into a drama. She revealed: 'I'd like Julie Hesmondhalgh to play me. They'd make her look older, but she's a magnificent actor and she's got the same accent. I think [Mohamed] could play himself… He's a dish.'
On what Iris' friends Glenys and Joyce think of Mohamed, Iris said: 'They can't get enough of him, they can't get enough of him, he's very popular, very famous in Sand Bay. We've been recognised in Bristol in a taxi. The taxi driver said, "Are you the KY jelly woman?"
And on their sex life, Iris explained: 'Yes, our time isn't restricted, so we don't need to ration ourselves. [The magic] will never go away, it'll never be destroyed. Anyone who says to me, "How do you find love?" You don't look for love, it finds you.'
Mohamed said: 'Maybe I married a younger woman, but [I wouldn't] be happy. [Happy] is our target. The money does not make me happy. Love makes miracles.'
This article has been adapted from its original source.