British ‘Shirley Valentine’ says you do silly things when in love

British ‘Shirley Valentine’, 60, admits ‘you do silly things when you’re in love’ – and says she’s been left with nothing after giving £100K to her Sri Lankan toyboy husband, 26, who was later shot dead

  • Diane Peebles, 60, from Edinburgh, fell in love with Priyanjana De Zoysa 
  • Romance turned into nightmare after she discovered he had another wife, 18  
  • Priyanjana was killed by men Diane believes were trying to extort him for cash 
  • Diane says husband’s family refused to let her leave the house after his death 
  • She was only able to return to UK last month, when friend sent money for flight  

A British ‘Shirley Valentine’ has admitted ‘you do silly things when you’re in love’ – and says she’s been left with nothing after giving £100K to her Sri Lankan toyboy husband.

Diane Peebles, 60, originally from Edinburgh, fell in love and married hotel worker Priyanjana De Zoysa, 26, after meeting him while on holiday in Sri Lanka seven years ago. 

However, their romance turned into a nightmare after she discovered her new husband had another wife, who was just 18.

Priyanjana was shot dead last year by men Diane believes were trying to extort him for cash, after becoming jealous of the money she had given him. 

Diane said she has now been left with ‘nothing’, after only being able to return to Britain last month, 18 months after Priyanjana was murdered.  

Diane Peebles, 60, originally from Edinburgh, has admitted ‘you do silly things when you’re in love’, after marrying a Sri Lankan toyboy husband 

Diane fell in love and married hotel worker Priyanjana De Zoysa, 26, (pictured together in Sri Lanka) after meeting him during a holiday in Sri Lanka seven years ago 

She described how her husband’s family refused to let her leave the house following Priyanjana’s death, and continued asking her for money. 

Speaking on This Morning, Diane admitted she did feel like a ‘mug’ when she discovered her husband had another – much younger – wife, who she previously met when she came round for tea.


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‘All my friends and family told me not to go over [to live with Priyanjana  in Sri Lanka],’ she said.

‘But I thought he loved me, and I loved him. You do silly things when you’re in love.’ 

Former council worked Diane explained how she gave £100K in total to her Sri Lankan toyboy husband, towards their house and a minibus for him to work as a taxi driver 

Priyanjana (pictured with Diane) was shot dead last year, by men Diane believes were trying to extort him for cash, after becoming jealous of the money she had given him 

TIMELINE OF DIANE’S MARRIAGE TO PRIYANJANA

November 2011 – Diane meets Priyajana while on holiday in Sri Lanka

June 2012 – She returns to the country tand ends up marrying Priyajana

November 2012 – Diane returns to see her new husband again, and they have official wedding pictures taken 

December 2012 – February 2015 – Diane regularly flies between her home in Scotland and Sri Lanka 

February 2015 – The former council worker sells her home in Edinburgh and moves to Sri Lanka 

June 2015 – Diane returns to Scotland briefly, after Priyajana gets a job in a different city in Sri Lanka

September 2015 – She flies back out to Sri Lanka 

May 2017 – Priyajana is shot dead, allegedly by men trying to extort him for money 

June 2018 – Diane unable to return to the UK because of the debt she is in 

November 2018 – Diane returns to UK 

The former council worker explained how she had given her husband £100,000 in total, for their house in Sri Lanka and to buy him a minibus – so that he could set himself up as a taxi driver. 

Diane said: ‘I’ve got nothing. I’ve got a very small pension from my old work, that’s what I’m living on.

‘I’ve still got the house, even though it’s not in my name. I’ll need to go back to see if they’ll let me sell that.’

Diane also described how she has been stranded in Sri Lanka for the past year, as she didn’t have any money for the plane ticket home – during which time, her late husband’s family would not let her leave the house and asked her for more money.

‘They wouldn’t let me go anywhere,’ she said. ‘[They] said it’s too dangerous to go out’.

She was only able to return to the UK last month, after her friend sent her the money to buy a plane ticket home.

During the interview on This Morning, Diane also warned others about getting themselves into a similar situation.

‘Don’t get involved with the locals, because they’re all very poor,’ she said. 

‘A lot of them are looking to marry European women, because they think we’re all very rich. I wasn’t very rich – but in their eyes, I was rich.’ 

This Morning airs on ITV on weekdays from 10.30am.  

Diane (pictured in Sri Lanka) described how her husband’s family refused to let her leave the house following her Priyanjana’s death, and continued asking her for money 

Diane (pictured in a wedding photo with Priyanjana) warned others about getting themselves into a similar situation following her traumatic experience 

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