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Love letters and wedding proposal for cocaine mule Michaella McCollum

By Laura Abernethy

Published 22/08/2016

Convicted drug smuggler Michaella McCollum on television after her release from a Peruvian jail
Convicted drug smuggler Michaella McCollum on television after her release from a Peruvian jail
Michaella McCollum
Convicted drug smuggler Michaella McCollum leaving her Dungannon home

Michaella McCollum received more than 500 love letters and claims her prison psychologist fell in love with her while she served time for drug smuggling.

She said that when she rejected his advances, he sent letters to the court and said that she was behaving badly in an attempt to stop her release.

In her first interviews since she returned home to Dungannon last week, McCollum told the Sunday Mirror that the man, who was married, proposed to her but she turned him down.

"He once told me we could live happily ever after. He tried to propose. Once I rejected him he sent letters to the court saying I was the head of a drug mafia. He told me I would never see the light of day," she said.

She also told the newspaper that she received hundreds of letters and gifts from admirers, including eight kittens named after serial killers, which she gave back.

In some of the love letters released to the Mail on Sunday, she said another admirer told her: "I can say I love you in seven different languages and I can learn to say it in another nine languages, but it will always mean the same… I have no words for expressing how much I love you, all I want, only thing I want is to spend time with you be there for make you smile when you're sad, make you laugh when you're crying and take away your pain."

Another said: "You are the omega of my heart, the foundation of my conception of love. When I think of what a beauty woman should be… it's you that I first think of. You will never fully understand how deeply my heart feels for you. I worry that we will grow apart and I'll end up losing you."

She also received a letter from a Portuguese man called Adriano who wanted to exchange phone numbers so they could speak to each other.

Michaella McCollum Connolly in one of the Ibiza clubs where she worked as a dancer
Michaella McCollum Connolly in one of the Ibiza clubs where she worked as a dancer
Michaella McCollum Connolly in one of her club hostess outfits
Michaella McCollum Connolly with Brad Houston from England, pictured in Ibiza
Michaella McCollum Connolly
Michaella McCollum Connolly
First television interview of Michaella McCollum Connolly after being released on parole from a Peruvian prison
Michaella McCollum Connolly, handcuffed, arrives for a court hearing, in Lima, Peru (AP Photo/Karel Navarro)
Michaella McCollum Connolly, handcuffed, arrives for a court hearing in Lima, Peru, clutching the book 'Secrets About Life Every Woman Should Know: Ten principles for spiritual and emotional fulfillment' (AP Photo/Karel Navarro)
Michaella McCollum Connolly arrives to court for her sentencing in Callao, Peru (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)
Melissa Reid and Michaella McCollum, both handcuffed, arrive for a court hearing in Lima, Peru (AP Photo/Karel Navarro)
Michaella McCollum Connolly, handcuffed, arrives for a court hearing, in Lima, Peru (AP Photo/Karel Navarro)
Michaella McCollum, left, and Melissa Reid listen to a translator during their hearing at court in Callao, Peru (AP)
Police escort Melissa Reid, front, and Michaella McCollum to a hearing in Lima, Peru (AP)
Police escort Michaella McCollum Connolly and Melissa Reid from the National Police anti-drug headquarters in Peru (AP)
Michaella McCollum Connolly (left) and friend Melissa Reid in the airport after they were arrested
Michaella McCollum Connolly with rugby star Tommy Bowe while doing promotional work at an official Ulster Rugby event
Santa Monica female prison in Peru
SECRET STASH: The drugs found in food packs in the girls’ luggage
CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Michaella and Melissa caught on CCTV loading bags into a car in Peru
Michaella McCollum, centre, and Melissa Reid leave the court after being sentenced in Peru.
Lawyer Peter Madden, who represents Michaella McCollum, has claimed his client has suffered from a lack of food.
Belfast solicitor Peter Madden said Michaella McCollum and co-accused Melissa Reid have been well treated by the authorities
Michaella McCollum, right, and Melissa Reid, left, were jailed in Peru last year after they admitted trying to smuggle cocaine worth 1.5 million pounds from Peru to Spain (AP)
Michaella McCollum's mother Norah McCollum and sister Samantha McCollum vist the Peru prison
Michaella McCollum Connolly with reality TV star Mark Wright at a promotional night hosted by Belfast's M Club

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