Sultan Kosen – the world’s tallest man according to Guinness World Records – got married on Sunday with his fiancée Merve Dibo .
Sultan Kosen, who stands at 2.52 m (8ft 3in) tall, had given up on finding love as women were put off by his stature – until he met Merve Dibo.
Merve Dibo stands at only 1.73m (5ft 8in) tall.
“Now I will have my own family and private life,” Sultan Kosen told reporters.
Recalling his long search for love and happiness, he added: “How unfortunate I could not find a suitable girl of my own size. But in my fiancée I’ve found the person for me.”
Now his dream of finding love has come true, he hopes to find a car big enough for his huge frame so his bride can travel by his side.
After becoming the world’s tallest man in 2009, Sultan Kosen achieved near celebrity status, and as a result the couple had plenty of VIPs to invite to their nuptials in his home city of Mardin.
Guests included a host of politicians, including Turkey’s President Abdullah Gul and PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan, as well as religious leaders and high-profile businessmen.
Sultan Kosen, who also holds Guinness World Records for the person with the biggest hands – 27.5 cm (11 in) long – and feet – 36.5 cm (14 in) in length size 28 shoes – had to have a wedding suit specially-tailored for the event.
He suffers from a rare disorder called pituitary gigantism, which causes his body to continually produce the growth hormone. Doctors believe his condition was caused by a tumor on his pituitary gland, which was removed in 2008.
Sultan Kosen grew normally until the age of ten when the tumor caused his growth to increase at a rapid rate – which was only halted until last year.
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