Watch: Mariam tells Brando she can’t be with him due to her religion
Video Credit: Channel 4/The Great British School Swap
A 14-year-old boy was left heartbroken after his Muslim crush revealed she wasn’t allowed to have a boyfriend.
In last night’s episode of C4’s The Great British School Swap, Brandon, from Tamworth, was told by his Muslim crush Mariam, from Saltley, that she wasn’t allowed to have a boyfriend due to her faith.
‘So you know everyone is telling me that you like me, because of my religion I can’t be in a relationship. My family has told me I can’t have any communication with boys until I’m married’, she says.
‘I felt a bit embarrassed to tell him the reason I can’t be in a relationship is because of my religion.
I felt a bit embarrassed to say it’s stopping me from expressing myself and being in love, but I’m glad I have a boundary and something I can follow until I’m about to get married’, she added.
Brandon was left heartbroken but he said: ‘I’m not annoyed at her or her family, but I’m annoyed at the fact we both like each other and we can’t be together. It is what it is. Hopefully, we’ll still end up getting together like Romeo and Juliet – but just not the dying bit.’
Viewers were also left heartbroken but they praised Mariam for her maturity.
One person wrote online: ‘For Mariam to take that step and explain herself and her religion is such a brave thing to do’ while another said: ‘What a beautiful young woman.’
The third person commented: ‘Brandon and Mariam are a bit young to have that conversation, but it breaks my heart that they are not allowed to spend time as friends. It was wise of Mariam to explain it properly, but still very sad.’
One user joked: ‘Brandon is a legend for comparing his situation to Romeo and Juliet (‘without the dying bit of course’)’
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