The former stewardess gave up her career to become a housewife after marrying a traveler

A mother who gave up her old life as a stewardess to marry a traveler said she can no longer work and won’t leave home without him.

Holly Joyce, 27, from Salford, became a homemaker when she married her bare-fingered fighter husband Dougie, after the two first met in September 2019.

Now she’s expected to take care of her man and do whatever he asks to make him happy – and says she rarely goes out without him by her side.

“He didn’t want me going out to parties without him, we always went together,” she told The Mirror.

Holly Joyce, 27, and her husband Dougie, 35, from Manchester, went on their first date in September 2019 after flirting back and forth on Instagram

Holly Joyce, 27, and her husband Dougie, 35, from Manchester, went on their first date in September 2019 after flirting back and forth on Instagram

The couple, who wed in July this year, treated guests to champagne on tap at a ceremony that cost £60,000 - with Holly's bespoke dress costing £12,000 alone

The couple, who wed in July this year, treated guests to champagne on tap at a ceremony that cost £60,000 – with Holly’s bespoke dress costing £12,000 alone

Holly (pictured) had never dated a traveler before meeting Dougie and says her family initially had reservations about the relationship - but she's thrown herself into the lifestyle

Holly (pictured) had never dated a traveler before meeting Dougie and says her family initially had reservations about the relationship – but she’s thrown herself into the lifestyle

“He’s the man, so he can date if he wants, but I’m the woman, so I can only date him.”

Mum-of-two Holly, who had never dated a traveler before, said she now follows the community tradition that “whatever he says stands.”

She added that she sometimes goes to the salon or shops without Dougie, but explained that her husband worries about her safety when she’s out alone.

If she wants to go out, she will let Dougie know and he will accompany her.

After flirting on Instagram, Dougie and Holly went on their first date at the San Carlo restaurant in Manchester in September 2019 – and according to Dougie, he knew from the first meeting that he was going to marry Holly.

And Dougie’s prediction proved correct after he got down on one knee at her daughter Oceanna’s gender reveal party in December 2020.

Holly said she rarely leaves the house without her husband, Dougie, unless she has to go to the salon or shops

Holly said she rarely leaves the house without her husband, Dougie, unless she has to go to the salon or shops

The mother-of-two explained that if she ever wants to go out somewhere, she will tell her husband Dougie and he will accompany her

The mother-of-two explained that if she ever wants to go out somewhere, she will tell her husband Dougie and he will accompany her

Holly said her late father Hugo had reservations about Dougie's career as a fighter when they first started dating - but her family eventually got into it

Holly said her late father Hugo had reservations about Dougie’s career as a fighter when they first started dating – but her family eventually got into it

In July this year, after three years of dating, they were married in a lavish ceremony that cost £60,000 – Holly’s bespoke dress alone cost a total of £12,000.

Calla Blanche’s extravagant gown was custom made for the bride and took over a year to complete.

Guests were treated to champagne on tap and the newlyweds arrived in Rolls Royces for the ceremony at Manchester’s Gorton Monastery.

After the couple started dating, it took Holly’s family some time to adjust to their daughter’s new lifestyle as a traveler’s partner.

In particular, Holly’s father, Hugo, who has sadly passed away, was concerned about Dougie’s career as the owner of 3D Fight Club.

Hugo, himself a former barknuckle fighter, warned his daughter about the risks of the sport — especially since Dougie’s notoriety in the traveling community means other fighters often challenge him.

While sharing her late father’s concerns and worries about her husband’s well-being, Holly is always home after an argument waiting for her home with balloons, a cake and a plate of potatoes and cabbage.

Despite initial reservations, Holly’s family came across her daughter’s husband and was convinced of his charm.

And while it’s been a big change, Holly has thrown herself into the Traveler lifestyle from day one – and immediately bonded with her mother-in-law Margaret, 56.

Though she’s expected to answer back to her husband, Holly said Dougie treats her “like a princess” and puts family first.

She added that she fell in love with her husband in part because she saw him spoiling his mother by buying her flowers and designer items whenever she wanted.

Holly gave an insight into life as a traveler’s wife, explaining that there can be a lot of competition within the community over who has the most expensive designer accessories and clothing.

But she added that her top priority is making sure the house is always “perfect” and that Dougie has everything he wants.

She said, “If he’s happy, I’m happy.”

Holly and Dougie’s love story will be featured in their new film The Joyce Family Documentary on Amazon Prime.

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Bradford Betz

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