I wed a traveller – his family hate it & I’m called a home-wrecking prostitute

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A prostitute, a housewife and rejected by her husband’s family, Nikia Marshall’s entry into the traveling community has not been easy.

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The 22-year-old TikTok star, originally from Doncaster but now living in Slough, Burks, is a gorger, or settler, and is married to “wool gypsy traveller” Michael, 38.

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Nikia Marshall, 22, and husband of 38 years are leading Michael Fabulous’ new video series I Married a TravelerCredits: David Cummings –

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Nikia met boxer Michael, who owns a roofing company, in a professional fight two years ago, where she was working as a ring girl.

Now, they’re in front of I Married a Traveler, a special, six-part YouTube series with Fantastic, revealing what it is Really I like to bring my two worlds together.

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The hilarious and candid couple will give a no-holds-barred insight into every aspect of their lives—from sex and dating rituals, to their lavish wedding, finances, family lines, and home life (spoiler: Nikia in a caravan) refused to stay).

Nikia, a former glamor model-turned-housewife, says: “A lot of traveler girls call me a generic and not other good name, like prostitute and housekeeper.

They would talk about everything from sex to their families' reaction to the relationship and their debates about living in the caravan.

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They would talk about everything from sex to their families’ reaction to the relationship and their debates about living in the caravan.Credits: David Cummings –
The pair say their relationship has faced challenges — but that doesn't mean a settled man can't find love with a traveler.

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The pair say their relationship has faced challenges — but that doesn’t mean a settled man can’t find love with a traveler.Credits: David Cummings –

“When I was staying at a caravan site, I was not accepted. Every girl was looking at me strangely because I am not like them.

“I didn’t want to be like him, I’m not interested in acting that way, I was just myself and a lot of people didn’t like it.

“Marrying a traveler is really difficult, just because you are judged, seen and talked about. It is not a very good community to be a Gorakh person.

“But on the other hand, I really like Michael’s ways and how he treats me, it’s nice and it comes from his passenger side. He respects and loves me.”

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Nikia and Michael, who were married 20 months earlier, were both married and divorced before they met – which is another source of controversy.

She says: “Getting divorced in the travel community is very bad and I was always seen as the girl who ruined the marriage, even though I met her when she was single.

“I never ruined anything, let’s just make it clear. So I don’t think the whole point was me being a gorger, it was more the package that came with the mic that made me unacceptable.”

I’ll tell you the truth, most travelers find normal, settled girls really easy

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Michael admits that there are misconceptions about settlers among travelers, especially when it comes to women.

He says: “I’ll tell you the truth, most travelers find normal, settled girls really easy.”

Nicaea, from Doncaster, a Gorgar or a settler

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Nicaea, from Doncaster, a Gorgar or a settlercredit: Instagram / @nikiamarshal /
While her husband Michael is 'dyed in Gypsy Traveler'

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While her husband Michael is ‘dyed in Gypsy Traveler’Credits: David Cummings –

The night the pair met, Michael tempts Nikia with bottle service of champagne, before Michael tries to take the next step, unaware that she doesn’t drink.

Nikia says: “It was a good night but in the end, Mike said, ‘Come to my hotel’ and I was like, ‘No.’ I don’t even let him kiss me.”

Michael adds: “I thought, ‘Oh this girl is different, this is incredible’. I just put a kiss on her cheek. After that incident, I knew I wanted to be with her for the rest of my life.

“Nikia’s beautiful and so many men were talking to her. But I don’t have a game and I think she liked it.

“A lot of traveling boys have a crazy game and they’re talking to a lot of people, but I really don’t.”

Nikia says: “When I saw Mike, I thought ‘I’m going to get a lot of money from you’. I really thought I’d get the jackpot.

“I know it may sound bad, but I’m a young girl, I’m from Doncaster, it’s fat***, it’s awful, and I’ve seen her walk around with a nice watch and jacket, and thought ‘Hmm’.

“Then we went on a date and he was so smart and intelligent. I thought, ‘Oh no, I’m going to fall in love with this guy’.”

‘He doesn’t have balls to catch me’

There was no ‘grabbing’ involved as far as Michael’s wooing technique was concerned.

The practice was popularized by the cult TV show My Big Fat Gypsy Weddings, in which cameras captured teenage boys forcing girls to kiss them in car parks.

The producers claimed it was a normal “court ritual” – but this has been denied by the community.

Nikia says: “Michael didn’t catch me and it’s not something he practices.

“I’ve never done this to me, I don’t think it’s acceptable. Why should a man be able to hold on to a woman when she probably doesn’t even want what she wants?

“It’s classified as sexual assault. Mike doesn’t have the balls to catch me.”

Some people in my family were like ‘no, don’t stay with a traveler, he’ll ruin your life, he’s too old’, because of our 16 year age difference

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Her husband continues: “It’s one thing but only between different groups of travelers. I think it’s very old and a teenager thing.

“Frankly, it’s not something I’ve ever done and I’d really rather see people who would do that.

“I wouldn’t like it if someone grabs my sister and is trying to lick her lips, it’s not something you do. It’s a different mindset.”

The pair met two years ago at a boxing event and got married soon after.

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The pair met two years ago at a boxing event and got married soon after.credit: Instagram / @nikiamarshal /
Nikia says some of her family members were happy with the relationship - but some not so much

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Nikia says some of her family members were happy with the relationship – but some not so muchcredit: Instagram / @nikiamarshal /

As far as letting their families know that they are in love – it was a mixed reaction.

Nikia says: “It was 50/50. My mom was really happy for me and my dad was over the moon.

“But some people in my family were like ‘No, don’t be with a traveler, he’ll ruin your life, he’s too old’, because we have an age difference of 16 years.

“At the end of the day, it’s about who I love and want.

“Mike’s family doesn’t like me and I really don’t care, they never even gave me a chance.”

‘We hate our background and age difference’

Michael adds: “I only told those family members who really cared about me, and they said, ‘Beautiful, I’m glad you met someone so nice’.

“But the thing about travelers is that they make a lot of decisions on everyone, especially the settlers. Passengers think they are the master race and have a ‘we know best’ attitude.

“It’s that superiority that’s really annoying for Nikia, because she’s become really successful through social media now.

“The biggest wave of hate from travelers is saying, ‘How can you be popular, you’re not a traveller?’ They really think they are better than everyone else.

“As a traveler, once you let go of that mindset, you can really learn and move on in life.”

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Nikia and Michael don't let other people's opinions on their relationship bother you

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Nikia and Michael don’t let other people’s opinions on their relationship bother youCredits: David Cummings –
Michael says travelers would discourage ties with the settlers, but there are no restrictions on them.

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Michael says travelers would discourage ties with the settlers, but there are no restrictions on them.Credits: David Cummings –

Despite the friction caused by their relationship, the pair insist that there are no rules preventing travelers from dating.

Michael says: “It’s allowed, but traveling parents will tell their sons not to marry a normal, settled girl. They’ll discourage them.

“A lot of young traveling people are really influenced by their moms. If a traveler takes a normal girl back to visit her mom, it’s The One.”

Nikia adds: “And if he doesn’t take you back to visit his mother, unfortunately you’re by his side. You’re not the **** for him.”

Traveling parents would tell their sons not to marry a normal, settled girl. They will discourage them. Too Many Young Travelers Are Actually Influenced By Their Mothers

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When they first got together, Nikia and Michael lived in a caravan park in Oak Lane, Essex – but they have since moved into a rented penthouse flat in Slough.

Michael jokes that the worst part of dating a settled woman is paying the bills—like parking tickets, congestion charges, gas, and council tax bills.

But he admits: “Being among the people traveling in the trailer was not the best place for us to settle down and get our first home.

“When we did, the men and women traveling were all Nicaea’s decisions.

“Let me tell you something, when you suddenly have to put on top of the bills, you really feel like going and getting yourself a nice trailer, then hit the road as fast as you can.

“That’s the bad thing about marrying a normal, settled girl. But the good thing is that she really puts it into perspective for me. I don’t feel like I have to walk around being the Big Man.” “

traveler slang explained

Gorgar: A non-Romantic or non-traveller.

Grab: When a boy grabs an unmarried girl, he wants to kiss without her permission.

Pulp: Male.

Grunter: A mark, a rich man who is an easy target.

free: Woman.

Cushty: Good.

Gummy: Bad.

Nikia and Michael say it was 'love at first sight'

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Nikia and Michael say it was ‘love at first sight’Credits: David Cummings –

Despite living independently from the community now, Nikiya’s TikTok comments have sparked a lot of hate.

She adds: “There’s never a dull moment in our relationship. Mike brings a lot of energy to my life, which I love, I can’t lie.

“Honestly, it really makes me happy that people really hate me. It just means I’m doing something good and productive with my life.”

Michael says: “I hate it when people are terrible to Nikia, I really don’t like it.

“But I think she handles the messages and comments that she gets…

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