From IJReview: A British woman has dreamed of being a bride since she was 12 years old. Now, her images of a fairy tale wedding have disintegrated into a “hate campaign” against her and her fiance.
The reason: Both Anna Broom and Jordan Buford receive government disability and other benefits, and neither of them works.
Broom first gave an interview to Closer magazine in which, according to The Daily Mail, she said:
“‘I deserve a fairy-tale church wedding and a party in a castle – but there’s no way I could afford it on benefits and I can’t work because I’m overweight.’”
Broom continued, saying it’s a “basic human right” to be a bride:
“‘I want the taxpayer to fund my £10,000 dream wedding – it’s a basic human right to be a bride. I don’t see why I should have a small wedding at a registry office – I wouldn’t be able to fit in all my guests and a church wedding is far more romantic.’”
The cost of the couple’s dream wedding is an estimated $15,000, which Broom believes should be paid for via government vouchers, which she would later pay back:
Broom added that even $5,000 in vouchers would help, and that she’d rather not get married than do so “on the cheap”:
“‘I’m stuck in a rut at the moment and can’t find the motivation to lose weight, but if I was getting married I know I’d slim down because all eyes would be on me.’”
Kent Online reports that Broom disputes the claims in the article:
’No one came to interview me, it was all over the phone and they were lovely, encouraging me to talk about my health and hopes, but they have simply used it as ammunition against me…’
Miss Broom, who admits not having had a job since she was 18, also denies the magazine’s claims that she believed it was her “basic human right” to have her dream wedding paid for.
Miss Broom said: ‘My words were: I believe it is every woman’s right to marry.’”
“A spokesperson for Closer magazine said: ‘Anna-Marie Broom willingly told us her story, her interview was recorded and when the finished article was read back to her prior to publication, she did not raise any concerns with the content.’”