A PSYCHIATRIC nurse who felt lonely after he retired has filled his home with a legion of “love dolls”.
“I do speak to some of them sometimes, but I don’t expect them to answer back”
Dean Bevan, from Ipswich, says he prefers the term “love doll” to “sex doll” because the latter term feels “too limiting.”
Dean, 59, said the Channel 4 sci fi drama Humans started his obsession with the silicone sex sirens, and prompted him to buy his first doll which he named Sarah.
Still Dean’s favourite, 30DD Sarah can be seen in “family photos” dotted around Dean’s home and often shares his bed.
Dean says: “I became intrigued what it would be like to have something that looked real and human in the house; and whether that would give me some sense that I had some company here.
he explains: “When I ordered Sarah, I wasn’t really sure what I had in mind, it was just one of those things – like an itch I watched to scratch.
“Within hours I stopped seeing her as a thing and more as something else.
“I haven’t gone down the rabbit hole where I speak to my dolls… I do speak to some of them sometimes, but I don’t expect them to answer back.”
When he first started collecting the dolls, Dean kept them secret fearing his unusual hobby might shock his two children but now he sets up photo shoots with the curvy dummies and proudly displays the pictures around his house.
He says: “I had this thing that I didn’t want to cause them any embarrassment.
“But when they started spending longer away from home that’s when I got Sarah.
“I thought I was being clever, and they didn’t know about it but I had started being careless and leaving clues around the house.”
Dean’s daughter Rhiannon, 19, eventually came across a framed photograph of one of her dad’s “love dolls” – and that inspired him to open up to her about his feelings: “I hadn’t admitted to the kids how lonely I was feeling at times because I didn’t want to burden them with it.
“After 34 years of working with lots of people – it was just quite a change of not having somebody around.
“Eventually it came out and I was really relieved to be able to talk about it to them and very pleased they supported me in what I was doing.
“My kids are wonderful, they’re very open-minded and I’m very proud of them.”
Rhiannon told her dad she had an inkling of what was doing on before he confessed: “I probably knew for a few months before we had the conversation, I was quite upset and hurt because I thought you had done this thing that was embarrassing.
“I can remember just turning 17 and seeing a picture of Sarah on the mantelpiece, I remember spotting it and thinking, oh wow my dad owns a sex doll!”
Now, she says, she sees no reason to be ashamed of Dean’s rubber retinue: “I thought if that’s a thing that makes you happy then why would I stand in the way of it?”