Andy Grandmottet-Shaw, 51, and her husband, Yves, 49, is in accordance with 1996 after a dispute about some loudly music. They live in Porto and have one daughter

Andy firstly applauded gazes on Yves in 1996, when they were living in the same block of apartments in Newcastle.” Someone used to play this raucou, frightful music and my lover presumed it was him ,” says Andy.” I used to bang on the ceiling wailing:’ Shut up, you French wanker !'” Yves laughs.” Yes, she just assumed it was me. Blame the French party .”

But it turned out he wasn’t held accountable for the noise. The duet ultimately congregated properly when Andy’s then-boyfriend invited Yves round for a booze.” There was definitely some friction there ,” says Yves. “Yes,” Andy concurs.” Major sexual strain !”

Before long, Yves went to Nottingham for handiwork, while Andy stayed in Newcastle to continue her “bachelors degree”. By the time he returned after Christmas, Andy and her lover had split up.” He was a lovely guy, but we didn’t have anything in common .”

In a deviou plan to meet her French neighbour again, she plummeted round to his flat to ask if he could change a lightbulb for her. Then she invited him to join her and a friend for dinner.” My poor friend went home early ,” she remembers.” We merely gazed at one another all night .” Yves adds that there was a lot of” drunken snogging “.

“Yes,” says Andy.” But I sent you home afterwards .”

The couple spend the next two weeks together, before Yves announced that he was moving to Nottingham for job. They decided to keep their arrangement casual.” You told me it was fine to see other parties ,” says Yves.

“Yeah,” Andy agrees.” I didn’t really aim it, though !”

One day, Andy went to meet Yves in Nottingham.” I was nervous ,” she withdraws.” I’m rubbish with faces and couldn’t remember exactly what he was like .” She needn’t have worried.” When we met in town? Wow! That was the best kiss ever .”

Still, at this level, neither was looking for a serious relationship.” He was all heartbroken over another girl, saying:’ I’ll never love again .'” But they continued to see each other after Yves moved to London a few months later.” I used to drive from work late at night to come and investigate her ,” he recollects.” One era, I terminated up sleeping in the car. I rang the doorbell at 2am, but she didn’t wake up because she was drunk .”

Andy titters.” Yeah, I probably was. I think it affected me that you’d slumber in the car .”

By the end of 1997, they were officially a duo and Yves moved in with Andy. It is fair to say it didn’t start smoothly at first.” He “ve lost” cat. I told him not to leave the window open .” Although she was ” frenzied”, she eventually forgave him. The duet decided to get married in 1999.” He’s so handsome and such a charmer ,” Andy says.” We bicker, but it’s from a plaza of humour and we have the same sensibilities at our core .” Yves says their relationship has become stronger over occasion.” At the beginning, it was all drink, laugh and lust. I think we bid on laughter and took a chance .” He doesn’t think they bicker that much.

” What about the honeymoon fightings ?” says Andy. “Oh yeah.” Yves chuckles, remembering one happen when they had been fighting in the car.” I thought it would be funny to move the car while she was in the petrol station shop .” Andy, who didn’t realise, get in to someone else’s car and started wailing at the man in the driver’s seat.” That poverty-stricken Spanish bloke didn’t know what hit him !”

In 2003, the couple moved to Portugal; they have since faced many difficult period together, including bereavement and Yves’ battle with an vigorous cancer. He is better after treatment but it was a unnerving time.

” I don’t think anyone who heard us on that honeymoon would think we’d still be together 20 years later ,” says Andy.” He prepares me whole, though, as cliched as it reverberates. He’s funny, annoying -”

” I’m not annoying ,” interrupts Yves.

” You definitely are. But you draw me a better party. I know I can be -”

” Arsey? Short-tempered ?” They laugh again.” Andy becomes me a better party, very ,” says Yves.” I couldn’t be without her .”

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