Eastenders: Cheryl Fergison would marry her Moroccan boyfriend in Asda!

by Lisa McGarry

Following her heartbreaking divorce three years ago, Cheryl Fergison thought she’d never find love again. But after meeting Moroccan Yassine Al-Jermoni, 25, in an internet chat room last April, the actress says her life has changed forever.

Ecstatic Cheryl, 46 – who keeps in touch with Yassine through Skype and has been on a series of dates with him in Morocco – told this week’s Closer magazine: “Check out my bling engagement ring! Isn’t it beautiful? Yassine proposed in a very romantic way. On Christmas Day he made a path of tealights and rose petals leading from the hall to the bedroom. He’d written in rose petals on the sheets: ‘Will you marry me?’ He’s my angel. I never thought I’d feel this way again but he’s made me feel like a new woman. I’m so excited, I could run down the red carpet and do a cartwheel.”

She added: “My EastEnders co-stars haven’t really spoken to me about my engagement – they’ve got their own lives to worry about.”

Cheryl, who plays unlucky-in-love Heather Trott in the soap, says she doesn’t care about the 19-year age gap and having to fund her marriage to penniless Yassine – who’s recently said he’s a jewellery seller, not a goatherd as previously reported.

“It’s not about money,” says Cheryl, who’s diabetic and admits she’s clinically obese. “I don’t care if we don’t have a big white wedding. I’d get married in Asda if it meant I could spend the rest of my life with Yassine.”

Cheryl plans to move Yassine – who lives with his elderly parents in Agadir, Morocco – into her house in Sidcup, Kent.

The star – who has a 12-year old son, Alex, by her ex-husband Jamshed Saddiqi – adds: “It’s tough having a long-distance relationship so I can’t wait until we’re both in the same place. I already have a fantastic son so I don’t want any more kids with Yassine. We’re already a happy unit.”

This week’s Closer is on sale now (Tuesday).

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