However, online users believe that the British women took their vacation to the African country because of the dating opportunities with young men.
Jackie Simpson, 63, and Julie Ramsey, 60, have traveled to Gambia over 15 times in 8 years, fallen in love and seen countless women fall victim to money-grabbing schemes, a report in The Sun claims. The publication reported that the women live by the motto “what happens in Gambia stays in Gambia”, which horrified many This Morning viewers.
“The reason I wanted to go was because I like reggae music and Bob Marley and it’s just great. It’s a proper woman’s holiday.” Jackie told Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford on Tuesday’s This Morning.
The sisters explained that as soon as they get to the airport the young Gambian men started flirting with them.
Jackie, who had a Gambian boyfriend for three years, said even a tailor asked to marry her and wanted her to move in upstairs.
“I had one and I’m still friends him now but I told him there’s no way I can get him back to England. When you get back you realise it’s a fantasy holiday,” she expressed.
Julie confessed that they have received “all kinds of propositions.”
“You get all kinds of propositions. But you’ve got to be sensible and realise young men don’t like old women . I think they want to get to England,” she revealed.
They revealed they knew people who had bought their young lovers cars and businesses.
The sisters also warned that holidaymakers should be cautious of Gambian men because “they want to get to England.”
They continued to encourage Ruth to go on one of their holidays too, adding that she might find herself a “Tinie Tempah, Snoop Dogg and Will.I.Am.”
Jackie and Julie also claimed to choose their Gambian lovers over their English equivalents due to their ‘gentlemanly’ nature, with Jackie adding that British men could learn a few things from them.
“The men there don’t speak vulgar [things] to women or shout down the street and walk around drunk. Probably because they’re so laid back on the weed,” she concluded.
Weeks after their holiday habit was revealed in The Sun, as they were caught posing the beach in bikinis next to men young enough to be their sons, the women have taken to ITV to defend their holiday.
Dubbed the ‘real-life Tinder dream for geriatrics’ by Bake Off’s Prue Leith, Gambia is said to be an appealing fantasy for British grannies who were looking for romance.
Many viewers of This Morning show were not happy with the light-hearted tone of the interview.
“Is no one else offended by how these grans are talking about Gambian men like they’re objects to be used at their disposal and for their pleasure,” one woman asked, as Jackie described her lovers.
“I couldn’t image such a lighthearted atmosphere were this two 60 year old British men going off to Gambia to party with young women and buying them things…,” another person expressed.
“Those poor Gambian men. These women are using them, and letting themselves me used. It isn’t romantic or love, it’s manipulation,” another viewer responded.
The women’s prospect also left many viewers confused, suggesting that Jamaica may have been a better choice if they truly were looking for reggae, let alone their behavior with men half their age.
“She went to Gambia because of Bob Marley and reggae music? Did I just hear that, This Morning? Perhaps some cultural training and geography lessons are in order,” one person wrote on Twitter.