British husband and US wife remarry as two WOMEN following 17 years of marriage ...

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A British husband and his US wife have remarried as two women and say the sex change has made them even more in love.

Cheryl Palmer and Ian Hawkes – now named SueZie, first met around 20-years-ago after talking on an online chatroom.

Insurance worker Cheryl, 58, was drawn to SueZie's honesty and humour while former hairdresser Ian, 55, was struck by Cheryl's gentle personality.

Their relationship continued to progress and it was then that Ian, as she had previously been known decided to start the journey to gender reassignment surgery.

Cheryl and SueZie (pictured above) first sparked a relationship when talking in an online chatroom

Cheryl and SueZie (pictured above) first sparked a relationship when talking in an online chatroom 

The couple were first married in 2000 as husband and wife after Ian flew to Florida to be with Cheryl. Couple pictured above after SueZie's surgery

The couple were first married in 2000 as husband and wife after Ian flew to Florida to be with Cheryl. Couple pictured above after SueZie's surgery

The couple married in 2000 after Ian flew to Florida to be with Cheryl. Just months later Cheryl gave birth to their son Jasion.

Despits seemingly having the perfect relationship, Ian was battling an inner turmoil. In 2014 he decided to go through with the operation to become SueZie.

After coming around after the hospital SueZie's first words were 'life's so much simpler now'.

For SuZie it marked the end of decades of unhappiness, as SueZie said from the age of five she had felt as though she was a female.

SueZie (right) had always struggled with identity issues and was always open with Cheryl (left) about the way she felt

SueZie (right) had always struggled with identity issues and was always open with Cheryl (left) about the way she felt 

She had hidden away her feelings from her family and previous ex's, but when she reached 50, she decided enough was enough.

SueZie had always been honest with Cheryl about her struggles and it was one of the first things they had spoken about when they first met.

In 1997 transgender did not feature in the dictionary and transitioning had never been considered an option.

SueZie started to self-administer hormones and was gradually switching to wearing more feminine clothing and started working on a make-up counter, which gave her the opportunity to experiment with make-up and different products.

Not being able to battle the feelings anymore, SueZie (left) revealed she wanted to have gender reassignment surgery but Cheryl (right) at first had reservations

Not being able to battle the feelings anymore, SueZie (left) revealed she wanted to have gender reassignment surgery but Cheryl (right) at first had reservations

But this wasn't enough and after experiencing Peyronie's disease, SueZie told Cheryl that 'she couldn't do this anymore'.

For a long time, SueZie had been tucking her penis between her legs, which had been extremely painful.

She said that if she was ever aroused then she would be 'trying to fight against the curve and it was painful'.

Speaking to the Mirror she said:'It hampered our sex life because I couldn't associate with it.

After the surgery SueZie (pictured above) wanted to get rid of any old memories of her being a man and started to get rid of wedding photos

After the surgery SueZie (pictured above) wanted to get rid of any old memories of her being a man and started to get rid of photos 

'They [doctors] wanted to fix it and they told me what they were going to do, open it and rebuild it.

'I said to Cheryl 'why am I having fixed someone I don't associate with and don't want? How about take this time and transition?''

Despite the fact the couple had previously discussed SueZie's feelings towards gender, Cheryl expressed her reservations.

She admitted: 'Back in 2009 when she first brought it up, I was concerned about my children.

SueZie (pictured above) had previously worked at Coca Cola headquarters and said she remembers he first day back at work following the surgery

SueZie (pictured above) had previously worked at Coca Cola headquarters and said she remembers he first day back at work following the surgery

'What are they going to think?' 'What are their friends going to think?' That was the main concern.

'I wasn't very understanding and I felt bad about that. I didn't get it.

'After that I started paying attention to her face and I started seeing all those things before I never really noticed - the sadness in her eyes.'

The topic then came up again in 2014 and Cheryl voiced her concerns about the operation.

'I didn't want to lose her. But I knew how important it was, so I said 'yeah, let's do

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