This woman is sexually attracted to objects and just proposed to a chandelier
Over the years, we've heard some pretty strange stories about people in unconventional relationships. Just recently, an account of a 'throuple' (a three-person relationship) made headlines, as did a story about a woman who had chosen to marry herself.
Even before that, though, there have been instances of people becoming romantically involved with video game characters, inanimate objects, and, in the most extreme cases, iconic structures such as the Berlin Wall and Eiffel Tower. People who enter into such relationships are considered to have "Objectum sexuality", or an attraction to non-human objects.
While it may seem extremely odd to anyone who does not experience such an attraction, the feeling of romantic affection for an object is apparently not that uncommon. Most recently, a woman named Amanda Liberty has come forward to announce her engagement to one very special object in her life... a chandelier.
Liberty, a 33-year-old woman from Leeds, realized that she was attracted to objects when she fell in love with a drum kit at the age of 14. Her first major romance, though, was with the Statue of Liberty, which is actually where she got her surname from.
Later on, however, she discovered her affection for chandeliers, and now has 25 around the house.
"I’ve always loved the look of chandeliers and when I saw my first chandelier, Luna, it was love at first sight," she said. "You can’t control who you fall in love with and things just went from there."
Last year, Liberty added to her collection when she bought a chandelier on eBay for £400 ($537). She named it Lumiere, and the romance between them quickly blossomed. Despite owning two dozen other chandeliers, Lumiere earned a special place in her heart, and the pair are now engaged.
"Last Valentine’s Day I proposed to her, to signify our long-lasting love," Liberty said. "I hope at some point we will have a commitment ceremony. I haven’t been engaged before, so it’s very new and exciting!"
After having sealed the deal with a ring (which Lumiere wears at all times), Liberty is keen to live life as a married woman. However, she doesn't plan on giving up any of her other chandeliers any time soon.
"None of my chandeliers are jealous of each other," she explained. "They understand that I love them all for their different personalities. For example, I love kissing and cuddling Lumiere, but I sleep with Jewel every night as she is portable and very nice to cuddle."
To Liberty, her emotions are totally natural, and she sees nothing wrong with pursuing her relationships.
"I want others to see how happy the chandeliers make me, and how much they’ve enriched my life," she said. "I’m not hurting anyone by entering into a relationship with them. I am simply just following my heart."
When she puts it like that, it seems sort of reasonable, actually. Not that everybody should suddenly abandon their human partners in pursuit of a light fitting, of course, but it makes sense that - if something makes you happy and it doesn't hurt anyone - people shouldn't have much of a problem with it.