FIFTH time lucky Her own mother ran off with one husband. The guy who stepped in days after she was jilted didn't work out either. And don't even ask about the alleged bigamist. Now Alison takes a chance on hubby No 5 – at the age of 29
08:02 GMT, 13 March 2012
A serial bride who married FOUR times by the age of 24 seems to be planning her fifth union after leaving fourth husband and setting up with a new lover.
Alison Smith, from Arbroath, in Angus, Scotland, refuses to accept that she just isn’t the marrying kind although she has been very unlucky-in-love.
Her first husband, George Greenholme, ran off with her mum after just ten days.
First wedding: Alison Smith refuses to accept she just isn't the marrying kind but she has been very unlucky-in-love – first husband, George Greenholme, pictured, ran off with her mum after just ten days of marriage
Shocking: Alison Smith had no idea on her wedding day that her first marriage would be so short
Happy family: Miss Smith forgave them both and was later a bridesmaid at their wedding. In return Mr Greenholme even walked her down the aisle when she wed her next husband
Her second husband, Daniel Innes, was a last-minute stand-in for a fianc who jilted her just before her wedding – she married him when she was heavily pregnant.
And the third spouse was William McKellica, an alleged bigamist.
Her last marriage lasted four years, but Miss Smith was dumped by her fourth husband, Alex Shepherd, when he allegedly caught her cheating with her current partner Matthew Hume.
The couple, who wed in 2008 and have a three-year-old child, are in the process of finalising their divorce.
Second time lucky: Her second husband, Daniel Innes, was a last-minute stand-in for a fianc who jilted her just before her wedding – she married him when she was heavily pregnant
Miss Smith, 29, has now left the home they shared and moved in with her new lover, Matthew Hume.
Mr Shepherd, of Arbroath, Angus, claims that the pair started a relationship before he and his wife had split up.
He said: 'I asked my solicitor to start divorce proceedings because it doesn’t feel right to look for a new girlfriend until I’m divorced from Alison.
'I’ve been really loyal to her since we got married. Apparently they’ve said they want to get married and I’m not going to stop them.
'I just want to put it all behind me. I’ve seen them out and it feels pretty strange but there’s nothing you can do.'
Third wedding: William McKellican was 50 when he wed 22-year-old Miss Smith in April 2006, but a month later she discovered he had not divorced his second wife. He was charged with bigamy, but the case was dropped
Mr Shepherd and Miss Smith were staying with her mother Pat and her husband George Greenholme until they separated.
Mr Greenholme was Miss Smith’s first husband – but they split after just ten days of marriage when he admitted he had slept with her mum.
However, Miss Smith forgave them both and was later a bridesmaid at their wedding.
In return Mr Greenholme even walked her down the aisle when she wed Mr Shepherd.
Mr Greenholme introduced Miss Smith to friend Peter Knight and they planned to marry in 2004, when Miss Smith was heavily pregnant.
Fourth union: She then met Alex Shepherd – another friend of her stepfather's – at her mother's home. But Mr Shepherd called time on their union after he discovered her alleged relationship with 30-year-old Mr Hume
He jilted her at the last minute but close friend and former boyfriend Daniel Innes stepped in to take his place at the last minute.
Their marriage lasted less than two years, but Miss Smith began a relationship with a man more than double her age and they soon became engaged.
William McKellican was 50 when he wed 22-year-old Miss Smith in April 2006, but a month later she discovered he had not divorced his second wife. He was charged with bigamy, but the case was later dropped.
She then met Mr Shepherd – another friend of her stepfather’s – at her mother’s home. She said they 'just clicked' when they began chatting.
Fifth partner: Miss Smith, with her new partner Matthew Hume – Mr Hume refused to confirm that the couple were planning Miss Smith's fifth wedding
When they became engaged she described him as her 'prince' and said she wanted to 'live happily ever after.'
But Mr Shepherd called time on their union after he discovered her alleged extra-marital relationship with 30-year-old Mr Hume.
Mr Shepherd is now set to appear at Arbroath Sheriff Court on Friday.
It is understood he has been charged with assaulting his wife’s new partner.
He said: 'I’m gutted. I thought Alison was the one and I wouldn’t have married her otherwise.
'All I wanted to do was settle down with her and have kids, but now I just want the divorce sorted as soon as possible so I can move on with my life.'
Miss Smith said yesterday that she did not want to discuss her new relationship.
But Mr Hume said: ‘Alison has had enough problems. We’ve had a really hard time so I’m not saying anything. It doesn’t matter how long we’ve been together, that is not anyone’s business.’
Mr Hume refused to confirm that the couple were planning Miss Smith’s fifth wedding.
He said: ‘We can’t get married just now. She’s still waiting for a divorce.’