THE bride of a disabled man has hit back at cruel trolls who claim their marriage is a sham and she's only doing it for money.
Hannah Aylward and Shane Burcaw tied the knot in their back garden in Minneapolis earlier this month, in a much smaller ceremony than originally planned due to Covid.
But after uploading snaps of their wedding on social media, Hannah revealed she was inundated with nasty messages claiming it was a hoax due to Shane's condition.
Shane has muscular dystrophy and has been in a wheelchair since he was two, and says people often mistake his new wife for his carer.
Hannah shared a series of posts she'd received on Instagram, with one troll writing: “Is he rich or something?”
Another asked: “But for real though. . . does she also have another partner for having sex with?”
While a third commented: “This is some kind of joke.”
The couple, who have been dating for four years, said that people often are confused and don’t understand their ‘interable’ relationship.
Responding to the nasty comments, Hannah said: “If the past two years of having a YouTube channel have taught me anything, it’s that you’re never going to be able to educate everyone.
“No matter what you do, some people will just never come around. Worrying about these people’s opinions is a waste of time, and as time has gone on, it’s become so much easier to genuinely have no internal reaction to comments like these.
“A few years ago, reading words like these was painful. For a while, I held onto the idea that once Shane and I were married, all the people doubting our relationship would realize it was real.
“Now, of course, I’m not that naive. Although it’s taken time, I’m able to completely dismiss people like this.
“Shane and I continue to make content and share our story with the hopes of showing as many people as we can that disabled people are worthy partners.
“Comments like these only encourage us to continue!.”
The couple had a scaled-back ceremony due to coronavirus, and while it wasn’t the wedding they expected, they said they were “beyond thrilled to finally be husband and wife.”.
They shared snaps of their wedding to their Instagram and YouTube accounts, setting up Zoom calls for family and friends who couldn’t be there, and are planning a big celebration next year.
Hannah wrote: “Shane and I can’t wait to celebrate with our families in person when it’s safe, but for now, we’re husband and wife!!!!
“And that’s the most important part. I’m incredibly lucky to now be married to the greatest guy I know.”
Shane also gushed about the wedding, on September 4, saying he’d married his “best friend”.
He said: “It was a private backyard ceremony that we conducted over Zoom with our officiant.
“Certainly not the wedding we originally imagined, but it was a beautiful moment filled with the most important thing: our love for each other.
“I’m beyond happy and smiling a whole lot.”
Shane documents his experiences with Hannah in his book, Strangers Assume My Girlfriend Is My Nurse, and the couple regularly share vlogs on their channel, Squirmy & Grubs.
Meanwhile Shane previously revealed people would 'pray' over him and Hannah.
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