After an online romance Angharad Lovering, 38, from South Wales, flew to the Caribbean for a three-week holiday to meet Loric Bullock, then 19,and says she knew it was ‘meant to be’ when she came back pregnant. Her new lover then proposed by text and despite having only met him once she accepted. In October 2013 she gave birth to their baby boy, Tyrese – with a doctor holding her hand and Loric 5,000 miles away on the end of the phone.
It was not until March 2014, when Tyrese was five months old, that Loric got his visa thanks to her £3,000 loan and could fly to the UK to meet his son for the first time – and his fiancé for the second – before marrying in the May. The couple now live together in Cardiff with their son, now one, and Angharad’s daughter from a previous relationship, Daisy, 15.
Ms Lovering admits that people often mistake Loric for for her son or her teenage daughter’s boyfriend.
She said: ‘A lot of people confuse him for her boyfriend. I don’t look as old as I am and I certainly don’t dress my age because I don’t want to look my age. I don’t have wrinkles so I’m lucky. But Loric has a baby face. A couple of people have said to my daughter, “Is that your boyfriend?” and she has to say, “No, it’s my stepfather.”
‘I keep a very small circle of friends and I don’t really get on with my family so I don’t give a damn what they think.’
Angharad and Loric, now 22, first started talking when she took Daisy – whose father is Jamaican – over to the country to meet her grandparents in 2012.
‘While I was there I met some guy and through that I got talking to Loric on Blackberry Messenger,’ said Angharad. “I didn’t think anything would come of it because he was really young – he looked about 12 in his picture.He looked like a baby, but we just kept chatting and got on really well.’
When Angharad got back to the UK, she and Loric embarked on transatlantic courtship over Skype, texts and voice messages.
Six months later Angharad went on a three-week holiday to Portmore, Jamaica, so that they could finally meet in real life.
‘I was desperate to go and meet him,’ she said. ‘We spent almost three weeks and we just had a lot of fun.
‘I thought he would just be nice to chat to but we completely fell for each other. We got on really well and then he said ‘I love you’.
‘When I got home and found out I was pregnant we saw it as a sign that we were meant to be.’
‘All we had had was three amazing weeks together and a million phone calls, but actually we didn’t really know each other at all,’ said Angharad.
‘When he finally got here, he became a father and we had no time together. Our whirlwind romance was now a reality.
‘We didn’t realise how much we didn’t know about each other and we were tiptoeing around each other, but then we started getting to know one another as a family.’
Source: UK Daily Mail