- In November 2008, Elise Stevens, 35, fled from her violent partner with her young daughter, Gracie, who is now 13
- Her friends advised her to hire a bodyguard, and she quickly sought the services of construction worker Derek Stevens, 35
- Elise would later fall in love with Derek and they both agreed to settle down in marriage, the couple have two kids together
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A woman, Elise Stevens, was left terrified for herself and her daughter, Gracie, after parting ways with her violent ex-husband.
As reported by New York Post, Elise hired the protective services of Derek Stevens, who moved into their new home immediately.
Falling in love with bodyguard
The 35-year-old admitted that after spending so much time together with the bodyguard, she started falling in love with him.
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Due to her feelings and how attached her daughter was becoming with Derek, she gave him an ultimatum, to be in a relationship with her or to end the protection arrangement.
At first, Derek broke it off but he called back two weeks later confessing he was in love with Elise too.
Elise marries her bodyguard
In March 2009, the pair were married, and they have since gone on to have their two children - Rhilynn and Trask.
"I was too proud to have someone help me, but I knew it was the right thing to do - so I hired Derek as a bodyguard. But I fell in love with him as soon as I set eyes on him. He made me feel so safe, comfortable and protected. We were meant to be," Elise said.
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In a separate article published on YEN.com.gh, Stephanie Fuchs, a mzungu woman, surprised the world by falling in love with a Maasai tribe leader.
The 35-year-old revealed that she fell in love with Tanzania and its people, and one day while walking around, she met a group of Maasais and Sokoine was among them.
"What attracted me to him were his eyes. His calm, steady gaze, exuded so much peace and confidence. I tried to talk to them in Swahili but they seemed to be in a rush," she recalled.
The two started talking, and 11 months later, they moved in together.
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