When you find the one who brightens your life, who opens up your world, who shares their light with you, literally and figuratively, that's when you know you've found the one. And for Amanda Liberty, that one is a 91-year-old chandelier named Lumiere.
Amanda Liberty, a British woman from Leeds who changed her last name from Whittaker during her long-distance relationship with the Statue of Liberty, has decided that she can't handle long distance anymore. So the objectum sexual — someone who is sexually attracted to objects — has found love with her chandeliers.
According to the New York Post, Amanda is in an open relationship with several of her chandeliers, which she collects and restores. But it is Lumiere, a 91-year-old chandelier that she found on eBay, that she will be marrying.
"As soon as I'd seen her, 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," Amanda told Mirror. "I knew there and then she had to be mine." So she shelled out £400 (about $500) to ship the chandelier from Germany.
"Lumiere and all of my chandeliers have their own special personalities," Amanda explained. "Lumiere is too big to take to bed with me, but she doesn't mind when I spend time with the others. Some objectum sexual people believe that their partners talk to them, but I know that Lumiere communicates differently. She doesn't exist or live in the way we do; they give off energy to show me how they're feeling."
Amanda acknowledges that she can't marry Lumiere in the traditional sense, but she wants to prove that this love exists and it's real and it's just as valid as the love between two humans. "I'm determined to have this commitment ceremony, to prove that I'm here for Lumiere and that my love is going to last," she said.
"I'm not sure what dress I'll wear and will invite those closest to us," she continued. "I'll also be buying matching wedding rings for Lumiere and myself. I know a lot of people think my attraction to chandeliers is strange, but I'm not crazy. I have been polishing Lumiere most nights to ensure she looks her best too."
Amanda knows that her relationships are unconventional, but she wants more than anything for others to validate her life and understand that she's really not all that different than anyone else, even if she is married to a chandelier.
Amanda Liberty isn't the only objectum sexual person to make the news. Whether it's a body pillow, a Volkswagon Beetle, or the Eiffel Tower, people all over the world have admitted to falling in love and being in committed relationships with inanimate objects. It's a strange phenomenon, sure, and one I'm fascinated by from a psychological point of view.
Why does someone decide they're attracted to objects instead of people? How do they decide which objects they are attracted to and which they are not? I suppose it's like anyone realizing they're attracted to one person and not the other... I just have a lot of questions about it.
And Amanda wants to answer those questions by being open and honest about her relationships. "People often can't understand that this is just a natural orientation for me, that I can find the beauty in objects and can sense their energy," she said. "I want others to see how happy the chandeliers make me, and how much they've enriched my life.
"I'm doing this in the hope that people will understand our love, and if not understand it, maybe they could at least accept it. I'm not hurting anyone by entering into a relationship with them, I am simply just following my heart."