I look like a ‘slug’ and my fiancé is ‘incredibly sexy’

His numerous TikTok fans have described him as “gorgeous” and “the most handsome guy I’ve ever seen,” but to Hazel McBride, he’s just her type.

Hazel, 29, a self-confessed ‘slug’, revealed that her fiancé, security guard Paul Barez, 29, was much more attractive than her on social media and people went crazy over him (and him ).

Hazel McBride, 29, from Glasgow, is a self-confessed 'slug'

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Hazel McBride, 29, from Glasgow, is a self-confessed ‘slug’Credit: Hazel McBride
Hazel spotted Paul Barez, also 29, on the dance floor while they were both on vacation in Tenerife.

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Hazel spotted Paul Barez, also 29, on the dance floor while they were both on vacation in Tenerife.Credit: Hazel McBride

But is Hazel ‘average’ – 5ft 5in with medium brown hair and specs that favors a no-nonsense anorak – being unfair?

No, the 29-year-old children’s fiction writer from Glasgow tells Fabulous…

Seeing the chiseled-jawed 6-foot-2 man on the dance floor of the Tenerife club made my heart skip a beat.

‘He is beautiful’, I told my companions. “And being so handsome, I bet he’s a total player.”

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Still, laughing, I thought there was nothing to lose, so I danced and planted a kiss on his unshaven cheek.

‘Here’s my number,’ I said cheekily, typing it into her cell phone.

It was July 2016. I was 24 years old, single for two weeks and working in the Canary Islands.

The next morning I was over the moon, but I was surprised when Paul Barez, who was on holiday in Holland, wrote me a message, staying for lunch under the Spanish sun.

I didn’t expect any of that. Paul was so handsome, hands down the most attractive man I had ever seen in my life, so I thought he would be full of offers from willing ladies and a total womanizer.

Because of that, I wasn’t stressed getting ready for our date, despite considering myself distinctly average in the looks department, standing just 5ft 5in in flats and with wavy medium brown hair.

But on the way to the cafe I was pleasantly surprised when the conversation between us flowed easily and we chatted intimately for hours.

If he knew he was beautiful and most of the ladies looked at him, he didn’t show it.

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He was kind, loving and very shy. He told me how he donated to animal charities like the World Wildlife Foundation. He was totally in love.

For the next week we met daily. I told him about my life in Tenerife while he explained that he was Franco-Dutch and worked as a security guard.

We had lunch and dinner and kissed, but it wasn’t shoddy. In fact, I began to forget that it was completely beautiful, since we had so much fun chatting.

We both knew this wasn’t something unexpected, but it wasn’t something either of us expected: we weren’t looking for love.

I was delighted when, before the week was out, he told me he loved me.

And exchanging numbers, he texted me as soon as his plane landed in the Netherlands.

Then we became ‘Official Facebook’.

People claimed on social media that there was no way someone that handsome wouldn’t stray.

hazel mcbride29, Glasgow, Scotland

‘Paul Barez is in a relationship with Hazel McBride,’ our statuses read to the surprise of our friends.

Things moved quickly but they felt good and we talked every day.

He was still screwing me up when a month later he flew over to see me. Although we had talked a lot, it was harrowing to meet someone again and I was so delighted that the magic was still there.

After that, we did regular week-long round trips for the next four years, getting to know each other well.

I saw girls looking at him in restaurants, supermarkets and on walks, but I didn’t care, although sometimes I wondered, especially if I didn’t have any makeup on, if they thought ‘why is he with her?’

I still have quite a bit of confidence in myself and that helps.

I felt completely safe in our relationship, even living so many miles apart for much of the year.

I knew and trusted him and accepted that he loved me. I just didn’t worry that he was cheating, even though people were claiming on social media that there was no way someone that handsome wouldn’t stray.

I asked him if he would, even though he hadn’t given me any reason not to trust him, and he insisted that he loved me and wouldn’t let me down like that.

I get trolled online for snagging an ‘incredibly sexy’ guy when I’m average in my specs, though I take it lightly.

hazel mcbride29, Glasgow, Scotland

He also said that he thought I was beautiful inside and out.

When I initially showed pictures of Paul to friends and family, they weren’t worried either.

‘As long as he cares about you,’ was all my close family said.

Life moved on and two years ago I made the big decision to leave my native Scotland to live in the Netherlands and be with him.

Shortly after I arrived, he proposed to me and in a few months, back in Scotland, we will be married. I can not wait.

You’d think people would be happy for us, but sadly that’s not always the case.

I actually get trolled online for snagging an ‘incredibly sexy’ guy when I’m average in my specs, though I take that lightly.

And many women want to know how I managed to tie him up, with one woman describing him as “the most handsome guy I’ve ever seen in my life.”

The truth is that there is no secret, we just get along.

I am confident in our relationship now, but I am well aware that Paul is much more handsome than I am. I can look good if I dress well, do my makeup and do my hair. He gets out of bed and it’s a 10.

So I take it lightly.

‘I wanted a handsome husband, but he makes me look like a slug,’ I joked, showing off my engagement photos.

‘When are we going to see incredibly attractive men with average looking women?’ I asked, posting a photo of myself and Paul, which drew millions of views and 8,000 likes.

I am confident in our relationship now, but I am well aware that Paul is much more handsome than I am.

hazel mcbride29, Glasgow, Scotland

Many of the comments were simply about how attractive Paul is.

“The guy is literally handsome,” one commenter said.

“Holy crap that’s good,” another wrote.

‘He’s beautiful,’ another person added, asking if he had a brother (he does but he’s taken).

Others were kind to me; I love that, women supporting women.

One said: ‘Umm girl? I don’t see the average woman? I see two beautiful people.

And in real life, people are in love with him too; he makes me laugh, i’m not afraid he’ll stray so i think he’s funny.

My hairdresser is obsessed with him and calls him Superman because she thinks he looks like British actor Henry Cavill.

‘Where is Superman today?’ she asks when I visit her and he’s not with me, clearly disappointed.

Meanwhile, many of my colleagues mention that he is really fit, which of course I can appreciate. He is incredibly hot.

But ladies, he’s not perfect. He can’t load a dishwasher to save his life. Other than that… well, there’s not much else wrong.

Paul said, “I’m not embarrassed by the attention and I’m not bothered by what people say.”

“I love Hazel and we are getting married, she is beautiful inside and out.”

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We had a long-distance relationship, so it upsets me when people on social media say I’m going to cheat.”

I don’t cheat, someone cheated on me and I know how it was, so I wouldn’t cheat on anyone.”

Paul Barez, 29, is a 6-foot-2, chiseled-jawed security guard.

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Paul Barez, 29, is a 6-foot-2, chiseled-jawed security guard.Credit: Hazel McBride
Hazel is trolled online for bagging an 'incredibly sexy' guy

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Hazel is trolled online for bagging an ‘incredibly sexy’ guyCredit: Hazel McBride
Hazel says that she is well aware that Paul is much more handsome than her.

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Hazel says that she is well aware that Paul is much more handsome than her.Credit: Hazel McBride

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