A woman who left her husband for an Egyptian toy boy half her age was left devastated when he dumped her after pocketing £1,500 of her money saying: 'You're old and fat.'
Joanna Girling, 45, fell for 24-year-old waiter Hassan Kahlied while on holiday with her husband John in Sharm-El-Sheikh in June 2018.
She fell for the handsome toyboy's charm and even snuck away from her husband to get a fake marriage certificate so they could sleep together because of Egypt's strict laws against premarital sex.
But after sending Hassan £400 to pay for food and bills and jetting out to Hurghada to be with him, he asked her to leave then ended their relationship by text writing: 'You very old - me marriage Egyptian woman [sic].'
It hasn't put Joanna off romance though as she's now found love again with another younger man Hysm Feygo in Egypt, and is hoping to have a baby with him.
'I thought Hassan loved me, he'd told me he wanted to marry me but it turned out to be a lie. He just used me for my money, I felt like an idiot. I gave up my marriage for him.
Joanna Girling, 45, left her husband of 20 years after falling for a waiter while the couple were holidaying in Egypt but was left devastated when he dumped her saying she was old and fat
Tesco worker Joanna pictured with Hassan Kahlied before he took her money and dumped her
'I didn't know if I could trust someone else again but Hysm is the love of my life. I know his feelings for me are real, he's never asked for a penny.'
Joanna, a Tesco worker, and her husband had been going on holiday in Sharm El-Sheikh two to three times a year since 2001 when she began to notice the attention she received from local men.
She says: 'I was happy in my marriage at first but as time went on we grew apart and I lost interest in having sex with him.
'Like a lot of married couples we became less and less attracted to each other but we stayed together for convenience.
'We didn't sleep together for nearly 10 years. We didn't have kids but we had a house and dogs together.
'By 2018 he wasn't affectionate at all which made me feel unwanted and unattractive so when local men would compliment me in the shops and call me beautiful, I was flattered.'
During the holiday, Joanna started to take notice of her hotel waiter, Hassan, who flirted with her whenever her husband was away from the table.
'He said I should spend the day with him and that he'd show me around the city. He was so flirty from the start that I knew he fancied me.
Hassan, pictured, told Joanna to give him her money because that was the custom in Egypt
Hassan and Joanna spent a few weeks in an apartment after Joanna left her home in Norfolk
'We were talking and he made me feel sexy for the first time in years. I began sneaking out in the afternoon to meet him while John was lounging by the pool.
'I wanted to sleep with him from the first day I met him but Hassan said that we'd need a fake marriage certificate first.
'Egypt is strict about premarital sex so we couldn't rent a room together without one.'
Under Egypt's strict laws, Joanna and Hassan obtained a fake marriage license online to rent an apartment where they could have sex, something Joanna says is common practice for unmarried Egyptians.
'It was incredible, he was so young and keen. It was the best sex of my life - mind-blowing after 10 years of no physical contact. I knew then that I had to leave my husband.
'We'd gone a decade with no physical contact at all. It was no way to live - it was no longer a marriage.
'It was the end of my trip but Hassan wanted to see me again so even on the way home I was making plans to return.'
Back home in Norfolk, Joanna broke off her 20-year marriage, confessing to her husband that she had fallen in love with the young Egyptian waiter.
Before Joanna moved out to Egypt to be with Hassan, he asked her to send him money
After disappearing for days, Joana found out Hassan was due to be married to someone else. He asked her to go back to England before dumping her via text and called her old and fat
'He was furious but he'd suspected something was going on. We didn't have kids but we had seven dogs together.'
While she waited for her return flight back to Egypt, Hassan spoke to Joanna daily, even ringing her at her job working nights at Tesco.
'He needed money for things like food and bills,' she says. 'So I sent him £400 to help out. I didn't ask for proof, I trusted that he was telling me the truth.'
In August 2018, less than two months after meeting the sexy waiter, Joanna landed in Hurghada where Hassan was waiting.
'I gave him the gifts he'd asked me for,' she explains. 'He also took control of my holiday money, of £1,100 saying that he'd handle it.
'At first I was surprised but he explained that it was the custom in Egypt for men to deal with the money. He said he wanted to look after me so I handed over all my cash.'
Joanna handed over pairs of jeans, shirts, trainers, aftershave and a bottle of Cognac, as well as the £1,100 she'd saved up for the trip.
Renting an apartment, at first Joanna was thrilled with life and her toyboy - spending her days sunbathing and nights having sex.
Joanna with her husband before she ended her marriage because they had fallen out of love
'We were having sex all the time, we just couldn't get enough of each other but after a couple of weeks, Hassan kept disappearing for days at a time, saying he needed to visit his family,' she said.
Leaving Joanna for days with no cash, she had no choice but to find work as a nursery teacher to make ends meet.
'I'd try to ring him but there'd be no answer. After splitting from my husband I had no savings, the cash I'd brought with me was all I had.'
Suspicious, she asked her neighbours and locals who knew Hassan where he might be.
'One said that he thought Hassan had gone home to have an engagement party as he was due to get married.
'I was devastated but over text Hassan insisted it wasn't true and when he returned after 10 days he denied it.'
Finally, at the end of August, her toy boy lover asked Joanna to go home for a few weeks, claiming the apartment was too expensive and that she needed to save more money as he couldn't keep them on his small salary.
'I was devastated to leave,' she admits. 'But he had a point, I had no money left and he only earnt a small salary as a waiter.
'My holiday money had all gone so the plan was for me to come home, stay with family and work to save money to go back.'
Relying on a friend to pay for her flight, it wasn't until Joanna landed in Hamburg Airport on a layover that she discovered the truth about Hassan.
Joanna was undeterred by her time with Hassan and went back to Egypt where she met Hysm (pictured), a younger man who she says has not asked her for a penny in their time together
Sending her a text message mid-flight, he called her fat and old, confessing that he was planning to marry an Egyptian woman.
'I just didn't understand,' she said, 'he'd told me that he'd loved me, why lie?'
Back home, Joanna was heartbroken, but determined to end her marriage and return to Egypt for a life in the sun.
'I didn't have anything keeping me in England, he'd gotten rid of everything, my clothes, all of my things, all I had left was the clothes in my suitcase,' he said.
Joanna saved up for another flight and went back to Hurghada in March 2019 to continue working as a nursery teacher.
'I didn't go out there looking for love,' she explains. 'I just love the country and wanted to be back there.'
Joanna didn't hear from Hassan again, who blocked her on social media, but she'd only been in Hurghada for three months when she met Hysm Feygo, a shopkeeper who invited her and a female friend in to look around his herb and spice shop.
Serving them cups of herbal tea, Joanna hit it off with the 38-year-old.
Pictured: Hysm and Joanna have since moved in together using a fake marriage license
'I can't quite grasp what it is but there's just something about him, he makes me feel comfortable and, from the moment we met, it was like we'd known each other a long time.'
Walking her friend back to her hotel, Joanna returned to the shop to ask Hysm to order her a taxi to her apartment.
'He joined me in the cab and we had sex that night. It was amazing but at first, it was just about sex.
'Hysm wanted a relationship but I'd already been hurt once by Hassan so I was wary but the more I got to know him the more I trusted him. He didn't ask me for a penny.'
Since meeting Hysm, the couple have moved in together under another fake marriage license.
Working as an English teacher at a nursery, when home, Joanna says the pair are loved up, with Hysm cooking romantic meals for her.
A year ago, Hysm came home with a silver band for her wedding finger.
'He didn't even propose,' she said. 'He didn't need to - he already considers me his wife but we're hoping to make it official next year once I've divorced my husband.'
The couple are now trying for a baby. 'We have sex every other day and I'm hoping I'm not too old to get pregnant,' Joanna said.
'I'm very happy with my toyboy who never asks me for money. I know he's with me because he loves me.
'Most of my family has disowned me, they haven't spoken to me since I returned to Egypt.
'They think I'm foolish to be with him but I don't care. This is like a second chance for me.
'My life is unrecognisable to a couple of years ago and I wouldn't take anything back. I love Hysm so much.'
Hassan Kahlied said: 'I'm so sorry about the money. It was because I am poor. I don't want to discuss anything about my relationship.'