These two best friends actually did the thing that most friends always joke about. Yes, they got married and that too for an insane reason. Matt Murphy and Michael O’Sullivan are two straight best friends from Dublin, Ireland who tied the knot last week.
They tied the knot to avoid an inheritance tax of about €50,000 ($60,000 approx). They discovered how much tax O’Sullivan, 58, would have to pay on the house Murphy, 83, intends to leave for his friend who is also his carer.
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The two have been friends for 30 years and comforted each other during their difficult times.
“I’ve known Matty for 30 years. We became very friendly after my second relationship broke up,” O’Sullivan told the Irish Mirror.
“I have been bringing Matt out in my car to various parties and all that kind of thing. He became friends with all my friends, they all loved him.”
Both of them went through some tough times, with Murphy suffering from giant cell arteritis and O’Sullivan becoming homeless.
“I stayed over with him for a while and eventually Matt (Murphy) said ‘Why don’t you come and stay here?’” O’Sullivan told the Guardian. “I would go over and stay with him the odd time but never full time.”
Matt told the Irish Mirror that Michael was the brother he always wanted. He added:
“He’s always so concerned about me. He’s my best friend.”
Eventually, Murphy realized that he couldn’t afford to pay O’Sullivan as a carer so, the only option left with him was to give him his house.
“Eventually Matt said the only way he could pay me was to leave me the house. He said he would give me the house so I have somewhere to live when he goes.”
However, O’Sullivan knew that this deal would mean a huge tax bill for him and he would have to sell the house to pay it.
He said Murphy “was chatting a friend down the country in Cashel, Co Tipperary, and she jokingly said we should get married.”
“Then one night he turned around and said it to me and I said I would marry him.”
O’Sullivan paid tribute to the LGBT community of Ireland, saying:
“The equality gay and lesbian people did for this country, that they fought hard for, they were discriminated against for most of their lives, they got equality for themselves but also for everybody else.”
Although O’Sullivan was previously married to a woman, it was Murphy’s first marriage.
The same-sex marriages were legalized in Ireland in 2015.