I gave up my life to marry a traveler

A WOMAN has told how she gave up her job and life in her family home to live with her traveling husband in a caravan.

Non-traveler Sam Norton, who was a 17-year-old barmaid when she appeared on Channel 4’s hit series My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding in 2011, explained that she had known her gypsy girlfriend Pat Lee – a 20-year-old wood surgeon – since childhood.

Sam Norton was a 17-year-old barmaid when she appeared on Channel 4's hit series My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding

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Sam Norton was a 17-year-old barmaid when she appeared on Channel 4’s hit series My Big Fat Gypsy WeddingCredit: YouTube
She has known her gypsy girlfriend Pat Lee - a 20-year-old wood surgeon - since childhood

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She has known her gypsy girlfriend Pat Lee – a 20-year-old wood surgeon – since childhoodCredit: YouTube

“I do not see it because I am not a gypsy and I am marrying a gypsy,” she said. “I just see it as if he’s my partner and I’m marrying him.”

I’ve known him for a long time and he was like my best friend when we started dating. “

We got really good at it, and then I did not see him forever, and then I see him again, and then we just started going out. “

Sam was then asked if she thought she would still get married young if Pat was not a traveler.

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“I do not know,” she admitted. “Most couples, instead of getting married, they start living together and stuff like that first.”

But we can not live together because they do not believe in living together until you get married. “

I know it’s him I want to be with for the rest of my life so we might as well get married and live together. “

For Pat, marrying a non-traveler meant defying travelers’ conventions by falling in love with an outsider.

Speaking of the reaction he received from friends for going out with a non-traveler, Pat said, “Everyone thought, ‘what are you going to do with a non-traveler girl for?’ I’m like ‘it’s my choice, it’s my life, I can do what I want’. ”

He added: “There will be some travelers who think, ‘I do not know how you can do that at all, marry someone from a non-traveling community, but if anyone has a problem with it, they can be welcome. to come and say something to me. “

“It’s not going to change my plans for the future.”

To keep the travel culture alive if an outsider marries into society, they are often expected to reject their own lifestyle and adopt gypsy habits.

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And Sam, who was seen with caravan purchases on the show, revealed that she gave up life in her family’s home to go and live with Pat in his caravan.

Asked about people who might think she’s crazy about living in a trailer, Sam replied, “They’ve crazy because they’ve never tried it. I do not really think it’s a big deal. It’s like that. really looking for houses. “

During the show, the couple bonded, and the most memorable part of the big day was undoubtedly Sam’s 20-stone pink dress, which was adorned with butterflies and fairylights, which she illuminated for her first dance.

In a conversation with The Mirror six months after hitting the knot, Sam – who gave up her job as a barmaid – revealed the daily cleaning routine she follows while her husband Pat is at work.

“When someone walks on your floor, wipe it off right away,” she explained. “… I have to make the floor six or seven times a day. I do not want a mark on it if someone comes in and sees it.”

“People like to keep their trailers clean and tidy.”

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Sam and Pat have since had a baby together, and Sam has even published a book called “Gypsy Bride: A Girl’s True Story of Falling in Love with a Gypsy Boy.”

However, there has been some speculation that the couple may no longer be together.

Sam gave up his life in his family home to move in with her husband Pat in a caravan

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Sam gave up his life in his family home to move in with her husband Pat in a caravanCredit: YouTube
Sam's 20 stone pink dress was adorned with butterflies and even brightened up

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Sam’s 20 stone pink dress was adorned with butterflies and even brightened upCredit: YouTube

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