A woman who could not find a real husband after divorce has married the ghost of a 18th-century Haitian pirate.
Reports have it that they also go on dates together as regular husband and wife.
The woman who is a Jack Sparrow impersonator has married her dream man – a Haitian pirate who died in the 18th century, who she has never seen.
Amanda Teague, 45, from Downpatrick, Northern Ireland, married the ghost who is also named Jack – and the two go on dates just like a regular married couple.
The unlikely pair sailed a boat away from Ireland into international waters so that the marriage would be legal.
A psychic said ‘I do’ for Jack.
Amanda said: ‘He is my soulmate. I am so happy. It is the perfect kind of relationship for me,’ reports the Daily Star.
Although Amanda cannot see her husband, she believes he looks like Captain Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean. He has told her he is black with jet-black hair.
She added that she wanted to spread awareness about the novel type of pairing. ‘There are a lot of people out there who don’t know about spiritual relationships, but it could be right for them.
‘I want to get the message out there.’
The mother-of-five, who was married previously, says that she has never felt a connection to anyone like the one she has with her husband, who was left at the altar in his earlier life.
The Haitian pirate was put to death in his previous life for his crimes.
It all started in 2014, when she felt his presence, and eventually the pair began talking and got to know each other. She explains, ‘The more I learned about him, the more I liked him.’
Two years after they first met, the couple got engaged.
‘Jack proposed to me,’ Amanda said.
‘I told him I wasn’t really cool with having casual sex with a spirit and I wanted us to make a proper commitment to each other.
‘If I am going to be in a long-term relationship with somebody I have the right to be married.
‘I wanted the big traditional wedding with the white dress, it was very important to me.’
The couple’s wedding rings incorporated brass, which is Jack’s favourite metal, and white-gold, which is Amanda’s.
Because Jack cannot wear his ring, it has been fitted to a candle which was used in the wedding ceremony to represent him.
After the wedding, the couple bought their first home together, and even though Jack couldn’t contribute financially, he helped pick the new house and had an input with the interior design.
Amanda says sex with a spirit is surprisingly similar to sex with a physical human.
She says: ‘It is well known that people often feel a spirit touch their hands, their face or their hair.
‘The only difference with having a sexual relationship with a spirit is obviously that sense of touch goes a lot deeper.
‘You can feel the weight of the spirit, their touch, the pressure.
‘You can literally feel the physical act of what the spirit is doing to you, and the spirit can feel it too.’
They also buy each other birthday and Christmas presents, with Jack making clear what he wants to buy her through one of her daughters, who often has vivid dreams that Amanda is convinced are messages from Jack.
In 2015, Amanda legally changed her name to Amanda Sparrow and spent over £4,000 turning herself into Captain Jack Sparrow, from the film Pirates of the Caribbean.
She made the transformation after watching the film franchise for the first time – when her 13-year-old daughter said that she was just like Johnny Depp’s distinctive character.
Amanda has even got tattoos like the drunken sailor, and got pirate-style dreadlocks and gold-plated teeth in a bid to mimic the character. She set up her impersonator business off the back of the look.
Amanda, said: ‘My daughter Carla Rose screamed in front of the TV ‘Mum you are so much like Jack Sparrow!’ and I was like – ‘who is Jack Sparrow?’
‘I settled down to watch 15 minutes with her because it was on Sky and I was instantly hooked.
‘The way he gets on with life, his freedom and his walk is so much like me in personality – I’m quite masculine and have that sense.
‘The way he deals with things is identical to me. I just really related to him.’