The “World’s Tallest Man” Sultan Kosen, who stands at 8-foot-3 was married in Turkey over the weekend to his girlfriend, who is just 5-foot-9.
“I cannot describe my feelings in words,” Kosen, 30, told The Agence France-Presse. “I am the happiest man in the world.”
Though he is nearly three feet taller, Kosen and 21-year-old Merve Dibo got hitched in Mardin, Turkey on Sunday, according to Turkey’s state-run newspaper, Anatolia. Guinness World Records said the couple, who are both Muslim, met through a mutual friend.
“At first everyone around me told me not to marry him because of his height, but I fell in love with his heart, not his height. His height doesn't bother me at all,” Dibo told Guinness.
Dibo, who is from Hasaki, Syria, said she travelled to Kosen’s village Dede köy in Turkey to meet him and they began dating two months ago. But despite their short relationship, the duo knew they wanted to be together forever.
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"I found the love of my life,"Dibo told Anatolia. "I hope this happiness would last forever and ever."
And for Kosen, he’s happy he found the love of his life, too. In 2009, when Guinness World Records bestowed his title upon him, Kosen told the organization he hoped his fame as the “World’s Tallest Man” would help him find love.
“It’s really difficult to find a girlfriend. They are usually scared of me," he told Guinness four years ago. "Hopefully now that I'm famous I'll be able to meet lots of girls. My dream is to be married."
But of Dibo, he said: “When I looked into her eyes, I knew it was love.”
His exposure being the “World’s Tallest Man” also helped him receive free life-saving surgery to stop his growth as well as get free specially tailored clothing to fit his tall stature and travel opportunities, Guinness said.
Guinness reported over 1,500 guests attended their wedding on Sunday, which included Turkey's president Abdullah Gul and prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The AFP reported Kosen's wedding suit had to be custom made out of nearly 20 feet of fabric.
The couple travelled back to their home, which is specially made, in his village following the wedding ceremony. Kosen and his new bride also said they hope to have two children, “god willing.”