“Nothing will stop me from marrying him.” Says Mom-of-9 Who Abandoned Her Family for Gambian Toyboy

As many think that she might have been brainwashed, a mother-of-nine who left her children and husband for a Gambian toyboy has said she is determined to marry him.

The 44-year-old mother, Heidi Hepworth, from UK who abandoned her children and husband of 23-years Andy for 30-year-old Mamadou Jallow from Gambia after a ‘mid-life crisis’, had never been abroad before, but left her nine children to fly out to be with him in the Gambian capital, Banjul, since last month.
The woman’s 44-year-old husband, Mr Hepworth, who says the ordeal has been difficult for their children, and is convinced his wife’s lover has brainwashed her.
But Mrs Hepworth defended her actions, telling The Sun:
”I don’t have a single regret. I’m not a terrible parent. It was really hard for me to leave my kids, but they couldn’t come with me so I had no choice. We are in love and nothing will stop me from marrying him. If other people don’t like that they will just have to lump it.”
Last month Heidi’s heartbroken husband spoke of his ­horror at discovering his wife of 23 years had gone off to meet her young lover, who had contacted her on Facebook from The Gambia, West Africa. Her decision sparked a police investigation and Andy said:

”It’s a mid-life crisis. A caring mum wouldn’t go off gallivanting around Africa with her new boyfriend. The person she has become is horrible. She was a loving, caring mum.”

Heidi has two sons and a daughter from a previous relationship. She and Andy have three daughters aged six, nine and 23 and three sons aged 11, 17 and 18 and Mr Hepworth has raised the three children she had from a previous marriage as his own.

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Heidi Hepworth with husband Andy (pictured together)

“The three youngest were left with my eldest daughter. She moved into my home while I was away so that they were disrupted as little as possible. I went online every night and we video-chatted. They seemed happy and I know my kids well.

They also chatted to Salieu and have become very fond of him through talking online over the past few months. If people think I went over to The Gambia and didn’t give them a second thought, they are so wrong.

But having said that, I make no apologies for following my heart. I’ve been unhappy for a long time and I think I have found someone to spend the rest of my life with.”

Photo credit: The Sun

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