Story By: William McGee, Sub-Editor: Lee Bullen, Agency: Newsflash
A man whose engagement was broken off by his fiancee decided to go ahead with the big day anyway and marry himself.
Diogo Rabelo got married to himself at a plush resort in the coastal municipality of Itacare, in the north-eastern Brazilian state of Bahia, on 17th October.
Videos of the 33-year-old doctor’s ceremony, which cost BRL 350,000 (GBP 46,830) went viral on social media.
According to Diogo, his fiancee finished with him three months before the big day, which he decided to push on with regardless.
Of the 100 original invitees, 40, who were effectively all of those that were on Diogo’s list, showed up.
Diogo, who specialises in cosmetic procedures such as botox and facial fillers, has shared a number of photos and slickly produced videos from his big day on Instagram, which have been viewed hundreds of thousands of times.
In one of the videos, Diogo can be seen holding up a handheld mirror and saying “yes”.
Diogo has admitted he holds no grudges against his ex, who he had been together with for over a year.
In an Instagram post, he wrote: “There comes a time in our life that in order to continue it is necessary to let go of our habits, addictions, memories and traumas in order to move on. And this symbolic act of marrying myself is my highest point of expression for my self-love.
“I have learnt that I have my worth and that I don’t need to be loved by anyone in order to feel good.
“And I’ll go further: I don’t need to change my personality or my way of being in order that someone can stay with me.
“I have discovered my worth and I love who I am, I love my story, where I came from, what I went through, and I focus on where I want to go.”
The practise of ‘sologamy’, or self-marriage has its supporters and critics. The former argue the practice affirms one’s own value, whereas critics consider it narcissistic.
Diogo put it as such: “Today is one of the happiest days of my life, as I’m with the people I love the most in this life, celebrating what could be a tragedy, but I made it a comedy.”
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