By Leah Fox
A couple had a second chance at first love when they married young before divorcing the week of their 10th anniversary rekindled their romance five years later – and tied the knot AGAIN.
Damian and Amanda Robinson, from Warrington, Cheshire, hit it off and quickly fell in love while working at their local supermarket in August 1992, when Amanda was 21 and Damian was 24.
The loved-up pair were a couple within weeks of meeting and Damian popped the question within months before they married in April 1994.
But the couple, who have two daughters, Abigail, now 24, and Charlotte, now 23, became blighted by money issues and infidelity before divorcing in April 2004 – just one week before what would have been their 10th anniversary.
Damian and Amanda both met other people but rekindled their relationship five years later in 2009 when Damian helped look after their girls when Amanda’s younger son from a new relationship, William, then two, was in hospital.
And incredibly the couple, who remarried in front of their families in 2017, say they are stronger than ever – and insist their unusual relationship history has brought them closer together.
Construction worker and dad-of-two Damian, now 49, said: “When we got married it was good at first, but after we’d had Abigail and Charlotte and Amanda had health issues everything started to go wrong.
“She could no longer work and earn money – it was really tough because we were still so young and were financially struggling.
“We both separated once we had met other people.
“I never really got over the divorce but it woke me up a lot and helped me move on.
“We shared custody of both of our children and did our best to get through it and carry on with our lives.”
Mum-of-three and sales assistant Amanda, now 47, said: “We were in a constant battle with health and money problems for around 10 years so it’s no surprise that things went that way.
“I was on painkillers for my back and had to have major surgery, which left me unable to work and it was tough.
“We were both struggling and miserable – Damian had an affair and moved out for a while but came back because he missed our daughters too much.
“We decided to move house to try and restart but I met someone else and we then separated.
“I initiated the divorce because I was getting to 30 years old and felt that it was my opportunity to find happiness and make a change.”
Time passed by and ex-couple hadn’t spoken for five years, apart from to co-parent their daughters Abigail and Charlotte, until their daughters had got a new pet kitten and convinced Amanda to go over and meet it.
Amanda said that, since she had recently split up with her new partner, she even warned the girls that this wasn’t an opportunity to try and get her back with Damian.
But two weeks later, Amanda’s son William, now 12, was ill in hospital, when Damian offered Amanda his support and helped take care of their daughters so she could be with her son.
All fell into place when Damian visited Amanda and her son at Warrington Hospital and they rekindled their love in the hospital ward – with a simple hand hold.
Damian moved into Amanda’s while her son was still in hospital and the couple went straight back into their relationship.
Damian said: “We were walking down the hospital hall and I squeezed her hand – she squeezed mine back and it all went from there.
“Friends and family advised caution because if anything went wrong again they didn’t want our children to be upset.
“Our parents were happy and noticed that Amanda and I had both changed as people and our children were over the moon to have both parents living in the same house again.
“We’re far more patient and appreciative of each other now and realise our faults and when we need space – we’ve definitely matured.
“It seems a shame that we went through what we did but when we look back at it we realise it wasn’t a waste of time and that we wouldn’t be where we are now if it didn’t happen that way.”
After rekindling their love in 2009, Damian proposed to Amanda for the second time on Christmas Day in 2015.
At first, they were both scared to tell friends and family that they had got back together after their whirlwind divorce, but they received a huge amount of support.
Amanda and Damian then remarried on 12 August 2017 at Prescott Registry Office in front of close family and friends and say they are now stronger than ever.
The couple spent just £1200 on their second wedding – similar to what they spent on their first – and had a laid back reception at their home where they celebrated their family coming back together.
Amanda added: “Damian has been an amazing dad to all three children and to have our family back together has been great.
“We’ve not really gone over old ground but we’re now older, stronger, wiser and more honest and open – we rarely argue now!
“My back problems are still a major thing within our relationship but he understands it all better now.
“It’s been a rollercoaster for 27 years and I look back and can’t believe we got through it – a lot of people go through the same struggles as us with money and health problems and I never thought I’d marry him again.
“I love him to bits and it’s obvious that it was meant to be.”
Amanda is now completing a degree in environmental studies and the couple both have future plans of moving to the Hebrides in Scotland where they had their second honeymoon together in August 2017.
Amanda added: “We didn’t get the chance to have a honeymoon after our first marriage so it was amazing to finally have one together after around 27 years.
“Love isn’t easy at times but you’ve got to have faith and trust – if you don’t have those then things can go wrong but above everything we’ve learnt that we need to be honest and open with each other.”