It’s been said that every romance is unique, and that’s never been more true than it is for one British woman and her partner: a 90-year-old chandelier from Germany.
Amanda Liberty is a 33-year-old shopkeeper from Leeds, England, and last Valentine’s Day she officially proposed to her paramour, which she has named, “Lumiere,” after the candelabra who came to life in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.
Amanda is an “objectum sexual,” meaning she forms emotional romantic attachments to inanimate objects. And although she has had relationships with other objects before, she feels Lumiere is The One.
“Last Valentine’s Day I proposed to her, to signify our long lasting love,” Amanda told The New York Post. “I hope at some point we will have a commitment ceremony — I haven’t been engaged before so it’s very new and exciting!”
In her spare time, Amanda restores old and broken chandeliers, which is how she first discovered her new fiancee. “As soon as I saw Lumiere on eBay, I knew immediately that she was the one for me and it was love at first sight,” Amanda said. She was so smitten that she paid $500 dollars to win the online auction.
Before Lumiere arrived, Amanda had 24 other chandeliers and was in an open relationship with all of them. However, she insists there’s no jealousy between any of her light fixture-lovers. “They understand that I love them all for all of their different personalities,” she told the Post.
In fact, while Lumiere is her primary romantic partner, Amanda still kisses and sleeps next to another chandelier she named Jewel, because it’s smaller and “more cuddly.”
Amanda has been in other relationships with objects before Lumiere. When she was 14, she fell in love with a drum set. Then, in her twenties, she fell in love with the Statue of Liberty–you may have seen articles about it. That relationship is actually the origin of her current last name. Originally “Amanda Whittaker,” Amanda officially changed her name to “Amanda Liberty” in 2012.
Amanda first fell in love with the the 131-year-old, 204-ton statue when her friend posted a picture of it online. Amanda made the trip to New York City five times to see the statue. On one visit, things got so intense that the sight of the statue gave Amanda an orgasm.
As Amanda told The Sun, she felt the statue hugging her back and then, in front of a group of shocked tourists, she cried out her love for “Libby.”
As you might expect, people who identify as objectum sexuals face difficulties, particularly a lack of understanding and empathy from the general public. “People often can’t understand that this is just a natural orientation for me, that I can find the beauty in objects and can sense their energy,” she told The Daily Mail.
So let’s all remember to be nice in those Facebook comments, shall we? 🙂
We wish Amanda and her beau all the best. And if you’d like to buy them a wedding gift, I’m sure they can always use more brass polish.
h/t: NY Post