Tue Feb 20 14:14:48 EST 2018
A woman who says she kept getting the cold shoulder from men in the living world has turned to the dead to find her soul mate.
Amanda Teague, a 45-year-old Jack Sparrow impersonator from Northern Ireland, says she was visited by the 300-year-old ghost of a Haitian man while lying in bed in 2014. Teague says she communicated with the ghost through mediumship, and soon learned he was “Jack,” an 18th-century pirate who had been left at the altar once before and was ultimately executed for thievery.
As she interacted with the entity over the course of several months, Teague claims she began to develop feelings for it.
“This was about six months of communication so I finally accepted it, obviously we had spent a lot of time together,” Teague, a mother of five who was previously married for six years, tells PEOPLE. “I was horrified to discover I had romantic feelings for him, having never heard of that before.”
While Teague says she’s communicated with spirits before, this experience was different.
“It was almost like falling for someone forbidden — like a friend’s husband,” Teague says. “I tried to ignore it but it didn’t go away.”
Soon, Teague incorporated Jack into her everyday life, and would often watch television or go on long drives with him. As her feelings grew deeper, Teague claimed she felt a connection to the spirit that was unlike anything she felt from the physical world. And though she has never seen Jack, she likes to imagine that he resembles Bob Marley, Teague said the spirit told her.
Eventually, Teague says the two even started having a sexual relationship—but she wanted more.
“Growing up in Ireland in my era, you were taught that if a man bedded you, he should wed you,” she says. “I knew from my research that spiritual marriage was a thing, so it was more me that wanted to get married than him—he would have been happy like most men with just sex.”
Sexual attraction to spirits—known as spectrophilia—has been a part of many folklores, including those in Arabic, Celtic, Greek and Hindu cultures.
Teague’s real-life Ghost story eventually got its fairy tale ending. After a proposal from Jack, Teague married the ghost in a private ceremony on a boat in the international waters off of Ireland, where the marriage would be legal, with Teague’s close friends and family in attendance. She also hired a medium so Jack could say, “I do,” making the union official on paper. Since Jack couldn’t put on a ring, Teague held a candle that the ring was placed on, which symbolized Jack.
“My favorite part was probably jumping over the broom, which is a tradition associated with handfastings,” she says, “and the first dance was great fun, too.”
Since the ceremony, Teague says she has written “married” on documents and has not been questioned about their authenticity. Teague’s story has been picked up by dozens of media outlets in the United Kingdom and beyond, and the response hasn’t exactly been positive.
“The reaction I have got is quite shocking really,” she says. “In this day and age it’s cool to be whatever, or so you think, but apparently we are not yet open-minded enough in society to accept relationships between us and other realms.”
Now that Teague is speaking out about her unconventional relationship, she hopes to give advice to others who are willing to give a spirit a chance.
“I hope by me coming out, it will encourage others to not feel alone or afraid,” Teague explains. “It’s not all like the entities in other horror films, there are loving caring spirits out there, too, you just need to know what you’re doing.”
Tue Feb 20 14:11:10 EST 2018
Summer may be over, but the Summer House drama sure isn’t.
In the final seconds of Monday night’s episode, Stephen McGee dropped a major bomb about his fellow cast member Carl Radke.
“You said to me, sitting on a couch right next to me, that the best head you ever got was from a guy,” said McGee, 27.
Radke, 32, appeared on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen directly following the episode and addressed McGee’s allegation.
“I can tell you this, Andy: I’m a straight man — very confident in my sexuality,” he said. “Stephen is actually one of my first gay friends. I told him something — yeah, I didn’t really know how to communicate it to him, and I made more of a joke than I should have — but I told him very private information about something happening to me when I was 22. It took me 10 years to actually come to grips and share it with someone.”
“I shared it with one of my gay friends, and somehow that got permeated to other people finding out, and here I am, having a conversation about it,” he continued. “Honestly, I felt like he betrayed my trust. You guys will have to tune in next week and see how it all unfolds — but I’m a straight guy, very confident in myself, and unfortunately crazy s— happens to guys sometimes.”
Radke also gave an update on his on-again, off-again relationship with cast member Lauren Wirkus, 29.
“We’re in a good place right now, we’re really good friends — I see her a lot,” he shared. “She gets a bad rap for how aggressive she can get, but we’re in a good place. We have a lot of good fun — but we’re friends.”
And just when you thought Radke had shared everything he could possibly share, he confirmed one final Clubhouse rumor: He has indeed hooked up with Vanderpump Rules star Scheana Marie — not once, but twice!
“What she was upset about was that other people were talking about it on our behalf,” he said. “Which was frustrating because Kristen was not there, Stassi was not there, and Stephen was not there either!”
Summer House airs Mondays (10 p.m. ET) on Bravo.
Tue Feb 20 14:04:55 EST 2018
Mary J. Blige is not just a famous singer — she’s now also a two-time Oscar nominee!
The multi-talented entertainer, 47, sat down with PEOPLE for a dazzling photo shoot and video in which she answered a few of our burning questions.
First up, Blige pays tribute to two of the greatest voices to ever sing a movie theme song when she picks the Celine Dion and the late Whitney Houston as her favorites.
“It’s actually two of them, and it’s probably everybody’s favorite movie theme song, it’s ‘I Will Always Love You’ from The Bodyguard and Titanic, ‘My Heart Will Go On,’ ” she says in the video above.For more about Blige, pick up this week’s issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands now.
The awards show veteran and nine-time Grammy winner also admits that she still gets nervous in the audience during the ceremonies.
“When the camera pans to me during an awards show I’m usually thinking, ‘Oh my God,'” Blige says.
And the Mudbound star reveals that her favorite movie is Russel Crowe’s action epic.
“The movie I can watch over and over is Gladiator because no matter how hard they try to take away what was destined to be his, they couldn’t take it away, they couldn’t take away his destiny,” she says. “They couldn’t stop him from saving Rome. They couldn’t stop him from his destiny.”
Blige is also still amazed at her two nominations for this year’s show — becoming the first person to be nominated for an acting performance and original song in the same year. Blige picked up a Supporting Actress nomination and an Original Song nod for co-writing Mudbound’s “Mighty River.”
“The craziest thing that has happened to me so far in this award season is that I’ve gotten nominated for two Oscars. That’s insane. Insanely beautiful,” she says.
And since it’s the year of the woman, Blige also paid tribute to the woman who has inspired her the most: her mother, Cora.
“The woman who has inspired me the most is my mother because is a strong woman who raised us in some very difficult living environments, very difficult situations — we didn’t have a lot of money, we didn’t have a lot of anything,” she says. “And she was a single parent mom, and she did it, and she did it very very well. And because of her I’m here right now, nominated for two Oscars, and I’ve been around for a while, and she’s my hero.”