No one loves chandeliers quite as much as this Englishwoman, who recently became engaged to one.
Amanda Liberty, 33, of Leeds, said she proposed to her favorite chandelier on Valentine’s Day while continuing an open relationship with the rest of her collection of 25 chandeliers.
“You can't control who you fall in love with and things just went from there,” Liberty told Caters News.
She explained she first saw her fiancée, named Lumiere, on eBay last year, and it was love at first sight. The nearly 30-inch wide chandelier is an antique and had to be shipped over from Germany.
“I couldn’t stop thinking about her and how beautiful she was — she has such a beautiful shape, and I could feel really amazing energy coming from her,” Liberty said. “Although I knew it would be tricky to get her home, I knew I needed to find a way to make her mine.”
Although Lumiere is the only chandelier that wears a ring, Liberty explained she loves all the light fixtures in her collection.
“None of my chandeliers are jealous of each other, they understand that I love them all for all of their different personalities,” she said. “For example, I love kissing and cuddling Lumiere, but I sleep with Jewel every night, as she is portable and very nice to cuddle.”
Luna, the first chandelier she purchased, helped her discover her attraction to lights that hang.
However, Liberty, who identifies as objectum sexual (OS), said her first love was a drum set at 14 years old.
She was also previously been in love with the Statue of Liberty — for which she legally changed her name in 2010 — and has traveled to New York six times to visit it, but said the distance took its toll on their relationship.
What Is Objectum Sexual (OS)?
Sometimes referred to as objectophilia, OS has to do with the attraction and commitment to inanimate objects and is thought to be related to the autism spectrum, an antisocial personality disorder, or past trauma.
However, Erika Eiffel, a San Francisco woman married to the Eiffel Tower, disagrees.
“OS people have a spectrum just as society does from one extreme to the next. It's a misconception that OS people only love objects and cannot relate to people on any level,” she wrote in an interview with support group Objectum-Sexuality Internationale. “The reality is, most OS people are social but choose not to expose themselves to public scrutiny and jeopardize the balance they have established.”
Eija-Riitta Berliner-Mauer, 54, of Sweden is also known in the OS community for having married the Berlin Wall.
Lee Jin-gyu of Korea is married to a body pillow depicting his favorite anime character. Amy Wolfe, of Pennsylvania, said she is passionately in love with an Elysburg amusement park ride 1001 Nacht. Edward Smith of Washington state claims he has had sex with hundreds of cars and is in a relationship with Vanilla, a vintage Volkswagen Beetle.