A couple’s dream to marry in 25 countries around the world has sadly come to a premature end.
Dutch artist Julian Broom passed away yesterday.
A simple post on her wife Fleur Pierets’ Facebook page read: “Julian P. Boom 18.11.1977 – 22.01.2018”.
It was accompanied by a moving YouTube video montage of photos and film of the couple.
Boom, 40, and Belgian artist Pierets, 44, were legally married in New York last September. As QNews reported, they had planned to complete a piece of performance art, working their way through all other countries where gay marriage is allowed.
Symbolic ceremonies were then held in Amsterdam and Antwerp.
But after their fourth wedding in Paris on November 7, Boom “felt very dizzy and I had to support her down the stairs of city hall,” Pierets told AFP earlier this month.
Boom was feeling so ill the couple decided to rest at the home of Pierets’ mother in France where scans later revealed that Boom had numerous tumours.
“Things are going really fast. She has lost her memory completely and (was) unable to move her limbs,” Pierets told AFP.
The couple, who sold everything to finance their plans, had planned to make a documentary, as well as a photo exhibition and a book about their adventures, which they had called Project 22.
Since launching the project, Australia, Germany and Malta have all legalised same-sex marriage.
Pierets promised her wife that she will write the book.
“It will keep me busy and will give me a purpose after she is gone,” she said.
“I was looking so much forward to marrying her in those 25 countries. I’m going to miss her so, so much.”