Emerson said it best: “All mankind love a lover.” We cherish romantic love as a transcendent force that truly conquers all. So it’s only natural that we adore beautiful love stories in the world and revel in the idea of a “happily ever after” for ourselves and others. But sometimes, when couples look destined to ride off into a beautiful sunset, life suddenly reveals itself to be more Hyde than Jekyll, eclipsing relation with agony.
10 Beautiful Love Stories That Turned Grotesquely Tragic
10. Helen Simmons & Prince Mukkaram Jah
Cinderella herself probably couldn’t have worked a better beginning to Helen Simmons’s story. In 1976, the 27-year-old Aussie was out of work and living on government assistance after time used abroad. But from of the blue, things began to look up. Architect Yossi Goldberg needed a secretary to accompany him on a trip to India. The female originally tapped for the position couldn’t go, so Simmons was asked to fill in. They boarded a plane to Hyderabad, India, where they were to dine with its mega-rich prince, Mukkaram Jah.
9. Lokesh & Amen
Lokesh was a Hindu boy, and Amreen was a Muslim girl, but in their Indian community of Phaphunda, the pair would discover Cupid’s indifference to a creed. Ameren’s family sold milk, which Lokesh purchased daily. Over the course of these transactions, the two divided paths and became smitten. The union of a Muslim and a Hindu was a cultural anathema. According to interviews conducted by BBC, reporters expressed to Phaphunda, senior members of Lokesh and Ameren’s families ordered them to separate or die. But they didn’t care. Driven by passion, the young lovers eloped.
8. Bosko Brkic & Admira Ismic
During the genocidal destruction of 1990s Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brkic and Islamic were the antitheses of the ethnic divide. Brkic was Serbian. His girlfriend, Islamic, was a Muslim. Their relationship began when they were teens and flourished for nine years. But by 1993, their native Sarajevo had become a cesspit of cultural turmoil. Determined to stay together and escape the bedlam, they planned to run off together. But Sarajevo was packed with trigger-happy snipers, making travel perilous at best. Luckily, sympathetic friends in the city’s Muslim-run military promised to help them exit unscathed.
7. Nicola & John Mansfield
Sober cynics scoffs at the notion of love at first sight, but Nicola and John Mansfield knew better. The instant the couple met paths, matrimony seemed inevitable. After what Nicola explained as a “whirlwind romance” ripped straight from the high screen, the two promised to spend their lives together as husband and wife. But in a cruel twist of fate, death would soon sunder them. John Mansfield unexpectedly fell two weeks after their honeymoon. In January 2012, the happy couple discovered that John had a head tumor, which had grown cancerous.
6. Mahmoud Ayaz & Katan Safari
In 1985, Mahmoud Ayazi was seeking the American dream. The former automobile electrician had abandoned his job in Iran to began anew in Sacramento, California. He spent eight years studying and working as an electrician for the Campbell Soup Company. He was to enter into an arranged marriage with Iranian national Katarn Safari. Despite the circumstances, they harbored genuine affection for each other. Now to one of Ayazi’s friends, “They were in love.” Following tying the knot in Iran, they wished to leave for America and never look back.
5. Dave & Patti Stevens
Patti Stevens never forgot her first opinion of her future husband, Dave: “He was just such a quiet, polite, not verbose, very humble, non-assuming kind of person.” They had managed to go the entirety of their time at Michigan State University without getting acquainted. But on graduation day, they said bye to student life and hello to each other. Their relationship was characterized by gentle smiles and thoughtful gestures. Dave was the kind of husband who would rather drives for days than make his aviophobia wife worry about him traveling by air.
4. Bill & Dianne Bordeaux
Call it fate or a self-fulfilling prophecy, but from the time Bill Bordeaux met Dianne, he knew she’d be his wife. And the California construction contractor did his best to sweep literally and figuratively Dianne off her feet, whisking her off to a swanky Santa Monica restaurant via helicopter on their first date. Cupid’s dart hit its target on New Year’s Day 1990. As Bill recalled: “She would not let me touch her, but then at night, we hugged and didn’t let go of each other for about an hour and a half.” That 90-minute cover prefaced their eventual wedding that same year. But their new life was interspersed with turbulence.
3. Mary & Earl Myatt
She read the truth at 17; that like was meant for her, it seemed. For that was the tender age at which Mary met her future husband, Earl Myatt, at a party. The New Yorkers were immediately immersed in each other, forging a bond that spanned decades. They worked at bookstores for the same community college, grew enthusiastic parents and grandparents, and lived ever enamored with each other. As one of their boys would describe it, Mary “was the world.”
2. Arianne Willinger & Bunty Sharma
In late 2013, 35-year-old yoga instructor and all-around Indophile Arianne Willinger exchanged marital vows with her husband at a rooftop restaurant, as the Taj Mahal stood regally in the distance. It marked the magical culmination of a September trip to Agra, India, with equal Americans. While basking in Indian culture, Willinger came over a 32-year-old auto-rickshaw driver, Bunty Sharma. So taken was Willinger with Sharma that she declined to return home with her colleagues, instead settling down with him. That October, they were moving to the rhythm of wedding bells.
1. Zackery Bowen & Adriane Hall
They loved broken-winged birds learning to fly together. Zackery Bowen was a beautiful but war-hardened veteran of Kosovo and Iraq, who bore the mental scars of a traumatic experience involving a child. Adriane “Addie” Hall was a poetic soul who had suffered horrific sexual abuse as a kid and survived a spate of abusive relationships in adulthood. But on the evening that Hurricane Katrina began battering New Orleans, Hall was just a woman who wanted shelter, and Bowen was the man who provided it. That acquaintance of claim would soon evolve into ardent companionship.
When crews arrived to rescue the stranded pair from the French Quarter, Hall and Bowen declined. Instead, they eked out a charmingly Bohemian existence in their small enclave of the city along with a few other stragglers who couldn’t bear to leave. They lighted tree branches and mattresses for warmth and cooking. They took cocktails that Bowen snagged from a local bar. Addie ran her breasts at passing police cars to get sure their area was well-patrolled.