As the saying goes, love knows no bounds – and this certainly applies to a woman who fell in love with a rag doll.
Meirivone Rocha Moraes has found her soulmate in the life-size doll she calls her husband – and the pair have even gone on to have a ‘baby’.
The 37-year-old from Brazil said her mum made her the rag doll named ‘Marcelo’ after she complained about being single and having no one to dance with.
Little did she realise it would be love at first sight, and after a few months of dating Meirivone she fell ‘pregnant’.
They decided to tie the knot before the newborn arrived in a ceremony that was attended by 250 people.
Unsurprisingly, the birth was a painless one, with Meirivone claiming it took just 35 minutes.
"It was a wonderful day for me, very important, very emotional,” she told NTK. "He is a man I always wanted in my life. Married life with him is wonderful."
Meirivone continued: "He doesn't fight with me, he doesn't argue and he just understands me. Marcelo is a great and faithful husband. He is such a man and all women envy him.
"When my mum made Marcelo and first introduced me to him, I fell in love with him. It was love at first sight.
"It was because I didn't have a forró dancer. I would go to these dances but wouldn't always find a partner. Then he entered into my life and it all made sense.
"The wedding was a wonderful day for me, very important, very emotional. It rained a lot but it was wonderful.”
But as is often the case, marriage isn’t always easy, with the doll-mum-of-one adding: “"He has so many great qualities but the only downside is he's lazy. He doesn't work at all.
"But I am a warrior and I keep it going for us."
Meirivone said after Marcelo ‘didn’t use a condom’, she fell pregnant and even gained weight as she eagerly awaited for the new arrival.
On 21 May, they welcomed doll-child Marcelinho into the world following a pain-free birth.
She explained: "I didn't feel the contractions in pain. Seeing the placenta and the umbilical cord and the blood made it all real. He was here in 35 minutes and he is great.
"It really upsets me when people say this is fake. It makes me so angry.
"I am a woman of character. My father, my mother taught me to be honest, to be a good person and to not want to take advantage of anything."