World’s tallest man jets off to Florida after failing to find romance in Russia

The world’s tallest man is jetting to Florida after failing to find love in Russia.

Globe-trotting giant Sultan Kosen, 39, had flown from Turkey to Russia in his search for a wife willing to bear him a son and a daughter.

The 8ft 3in Turkish farmer of ethnic Kurdish descent had been making giant steps in promoting his native country as an ambassador, on behalf of tourism.

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Since taking on the role of promoting the country the Guinness World Record holder for tallest living man has visited 127 of the 195 countries in the world.

Mr Kosen had previously said in an interview that he wanted a Russian bride to bear him a son and a daughter.

“It should be easy. I can provide well and do not need money,” he said

“I would like to take my wife back to Turkey. I live in a historical place, in the southeast, but quite far from the sea. I heard that Russian women love hot, polite men. It should be easy!”

He added: "A Russian woman in love will adore her man forever."

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Mr Kosen had previously been married to a 5ft 9in tall Syrian woman named Merve Dibo, who was 10 years his junior, in 2013.

In an interview, Mr Kosen had previously spoken about his biggest problem with his wife being communication, as he speaks Turkish, whereas his ex-wife only spoke Arabic.

Despite the communication problem, the marriage lasted several years until the couple went their separate ways.

Single again, Mr Kosen jumped on a plane and travelled to Moscow in search of a new bride in early December, having heard Russian women possess “incredible beauty and a loving soul”.

However, following on from his fruitless search for a bride he has said his next visit is going to be to the USA where he will be attending a festival in Florida, with no mention of looking for love.

Born in the south-eastern Turkish city of Mardin, Mr Kosen had a tumour affecting his pituitary gland which caused him to suffer from gigantism and acromegaly – a condition where the pituitary gland produces too much growth hormone.

Though Mr Kosen said he eventually got used to being so tall, he admits it has, at times, caused him difficulties and discomfort.

His success as an ambassador has also helped him earn money to adapt his house in Dede village of Derik district of Mardin to fit his large size, and he likes to grow flowers in his garden.


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