Female Jack Sparrow Impersonator Legally Marries Ghost Who Looks Like Jack Sparrow
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We all need someone to while away the hours with, someone to share the delightful things in life and comfort us when things aren't going so well. If we're lucky, we might even find 'the one' - a partner so perfect that we don't feel complete as a person without them.
Other people aren't so lucky, and spend their lives waiting and waiting for the perfect partner to appear. That's what Amanda Teague, a female Jack Sparrow impersonator from Drogheda, Ireland, was doing, but without any luck.
Finding that she couldn't connect with anyone in the physical world, Amanda looked to the afterlife to find her kindred spirit.
Yes, Amanda married the ghost of a Haitian pirate who died in the 18th century. She's never seen him - because he's a ghost, obviously - but he's also called Jack and the pair got married on international waters so that their marriage would be legal. A medium was on board to say 'I do' for the ghost, since he cannot speak.
"He is my soulmate," Amanda said.
"I am so happy. It is the perfect kind of relationship for me."
In 2015, Amanda legally changed her name to Amanda Sparrow and spent more than £4,000 transforming herself into Captain Jack Sparrow after watching the film franchise for the first time her 13-year-old daughter, who told her mother she was just like Johnny Depp's character.
She even has tattoos like the drunken sailor, as well as pirate-style dreadlocks and gold-plated teeth in order to look like the character, and set up an impersonator business after her transformation.
And while she can't see her husband, he has apparently told her that he is black with jet black hair, and she believes he looks like the character she dresses up as for a living.
"He is black, so he is not the same colour as Johnny Depp, but he is dark skinned and has very dark jet-black hair, so he tells me," Amanda said.
Having lived hundreds of years ago, the world Jack lived in is very different to the one he sees today.
But Amanda says he is fascinated by modern technology, especially mobiles phones and tablets, and he likes trying to switch them on and off.
Amanda says: "I have always had a real fascination with his era, I like a lot of the stuff from that time.
"And there is a lot about the modern world that he likes. I am very 1700s and he is quite modern, so it balances out."
Amanda says Jack is a very powerful spirit and has witnessed him turning stereos on and off, flickering lights and even moving things.
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."
Amanda found a Shaman priest and legal registrar who agreed to marry the couple - despite their unusual relationship dynamic.
There is no provision in UK law for posthumous marriages, so the couple took a boat into international waters in the Atlantic Ocean, off the Irish Coast, for their ceremony.
Marrying a dead person is legal in certain countries such as France, Singapore and China, so by going into waters which aren't governed by any particular country, Jack and Amanda's union can be upheld.
Amanda chose a 1700s style dress - similar to the ones from Jack's time - to wear to the ceremony.
She also held a flag bearing a skull and crossbone as a symbol for her husband.
"I told him I didn't want him to see the dress before the wedding but if he had a cheeky sneak peak while I was trying it on, I wouldn't know," Amanda says.
"I don't know where he is or when he is around most of the time - it is hard to keep secrets from him."
The couple also had matching rings designed for the ceremony.
The design 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.
Only 12 people were allowed on the boat, so Amanda and Jack invited their closest friends and family to join them in international waters.
Her Jack Sparrow, however, was left at the altar in his previous life and killed for his crimes. And while Amanda, who has five children, was married before, she says she's never felt as connection to anyone like her new husband.
Amanda now signs all her documentation as 'married' and says her posthumous relationship has never been questioned by authorities. But she says if she had to go to court to fight for her relationship, she would.
After the wedding, the couple bought their first home together, and even though Jack couldn't contribute financially, she said 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 said: "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."
Amanda and Jack are now co-writing a book about their relationship, with advice for other singletons on how to find a soulmate on the other side.
The book will be called 'Ain't no grave can hold my body back', after the Johnny Cash song - one of Jack's favourite singers.