Woman Falls In Love With A Bridge And Marries It
An Australian woman has opened up about her bizarre relationship with a bridge she married six years ago.
Jodi Rose, originally from Sydney, first met Le Pont du Diable - 'The Devil's Bridge' - on the Tech River in Ceret, when she was travelling through southern France in 2013.
She says she fell in love with the stone structure and the couple got married in front of 14 guests at a service blessed by the mayor of neighbouring town Saint-Jean-de-Fos.
Jodi was speaking to Channel 7 about object personification synaesthesia, which causes people to associate objects with personalities and genders.
She said: "I was really quite nervous... I felt like a bride. I got to have my princess wedding day.
"I put a ring on it, baby... I mean you've seen him, he's very handsome, he's strong and sturdy and I thought, yes, this is someone I can really connect with, and who I feel can give me some grounding."
Writing on her blog at the time of the wedding, Jodi said she was travelling the world while recording a music project involving bridges and decided the C.14th was 'The One'.
She said: "He makes me feel connected to the earth and draws me to rest from my endless nomadic wanderings. He is fixed, stable, rooted to the ground, while I am nomadic, transient, ever on the road.
"He gives me a safe haven, brings me back to ground myself, and then lets me go again to follow my own path, without trying to keep me tied down or in thrall to his needs or desires. I am devoted to him.
"He understands that I love other bridges - and men - ours is a love that embraces the vagaries of life, as materialised in the swirling currents of the river that flows beneath his magnificent body.
"The Devil's Bridge is everything I could desire in a husband - sturdy, trustworthy, sensual, kind and handsome."
But despite Jodi's love for Le Pont Du Diable, their marriage is not recognised by French authorities.
Dr Amy Marsh is a sexologist and expert on 'object love'.
She said: "Sexual or affectionate romantic orientation consists of people who have very robust, rich, complex relationships with an object or maybe a number of objects.
"There are different forms of sensory perception. I guess you would say where you might smell colours or taste sounds, and there's a form called object personification in synaesthesia where you can sense personality in objects. That's very real for the person who has that going on."
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