Watson couple renew their marriage vows – after husband changes sex


You may now kiss the brides: Couple renew their marriage vows – after husband changes sex

Like many devoted couples, Barry and Anne Watson wanted to renew their marriage vows.

But nine years on from their wedding, there was one major difference – this time, Anne was marrying a woman called Jayne.

When Anne first found out that her husband Barry, a former bus driver wanted a sex change she was furious. The couple had been suffering problems in their marriage with Anne thinking that Barry had been cheating on her with another woman.

Happy couple: Husband and wife Barry and Anne at their wedding in 2002

Happy couple: Husband and wife Barry and Anne at their wedding in 2002

And ten years later..: Jayne and Anne after renewing their wedding vows

And ten years later..: Jayne and Anne after renewing their wedding vows

'Anne came to accept me for who I wanted
to be and love me as a woman', Barry, who has now changed his name
to Jayne by deed poll, told the Sunday Mirror.

'Renewing our marriage vows was the perfect way to show how happy we are with our new lives.'

Anne, 53 admitted that she had 'grieved for the loss of Barry', but she added: 'There were sides to Jayne that I enjoyed getting to know – we can now have a laugh and talk about hair, clothes and make-up.'

Anne decided to go ahead with the second ceremony, proving to Jayne and to the world that she accepts her new spouse for who she is.

'To me, our second wedding was much more special than our first as I knew Jayne was finally comfortable with who she was.'

'To me, our second wedding was much more special than our first as I knew Jayne was finally comfortable with who she was,' she said.

Jayne told the newspaper that, as a young boy growing up, she quickly realised that she was very different from the other boys and enjoyed wearing his mother's clothes.

'Putting
my own clothes back on felt like going back to a prison,' she said.

'It
seemed normal to play hopscotch with the girls rather than play football
with the boys.'

When Jayne was older she used to
buy women's clothes and drive to other areas where no one knew him to
walk down the streets in a dress and high heels.

Desperate
to fit in, Jayne began dating women and in 1995 met Anne
through a lonely hearts column. The two hit immediately hit it off.

At that
time, Anne had been through a messy divorce, but instantly fell for
Jayne's boyish good looks.

'Jayne was so sweet – everyone said he was my
toyboy. I didn't care, we were in love,' she said.

Within six months they had moved
into a house together in Halifax, West Yorkshire and in 2002, they cemented
their love for each other by getting married.

However,
amongst the happiness and joy, Jayne was still struggling with who she
was.

'When Anne left the house, I'd dress up in a skirt and pearls. And
on internet chat forums, I'd pose as a girl,' she said.

When Anne sensed that something wasn't right with her husband she confronted him and in 2008 Jayne confessed all to his wife.

'Telling the woman that I loved that I too wanted to be a woman is not easy,' Jayne said.

Anne said that at first she struggled to accept her husband. The first
time she saw him in a dress, she started hacking at it with scissors. But her feelings towards her spouse have remained the same.

With
the support of his wife, Jayne decided to start on a course of female
hormones to soften her skin and reduce her body hair.

The
couple re-affirmed their wedding vows last year and before the
ceremony went dress shopping together, making sure their outfits didn't clash. On their special day, both women had their own bouquet.

While the couple do fall out – particularly when Jayne steals her wife's clothes and make-up – the pair are still very much in love.

'People may think I'm weird or a freak. But all that matters to me is that Anne loves me,' Jayne said.