A MUM-OF-ONE who previously quit her job to proudly become a “kept woman” by her builder partner, has revealed her road to a nice life hasn’t been easy.
Gylisa Jayne Evans, 27, said she and husband Ryan had to overcome homelessness and ended up living in their car for three months while they searched for work.
Gylisa and Ryan left Stratford-Upon-Avon six years ago to start a new life in Cornwall, but their plans of getting on their feet didn’t pan out smoothly.
The couple-of-seven-years were forced to spend three months sleeping in their Renault Clio in a Tesco car park while living off tins of soup and bottles of water.
The mum blogger revealed how they had to shower in the Plymouth Life Centre and Gylisa said she only bathed twice in two months.
As money started to run out, they couldn’t afford road tax or insurance on the car.
Speaking to Fabulous Digital, Gylisa said: "Becoming homeless wasn’t intentional, it was just a series of silly mistakes and then the only option we had.
"But we've built up from living out of a tiny battered old car to our home now."
She added to Cornwall Live : “People talk about it all the time, don’t they … running away and starting a new life, but no one ever does.
"Pretty soon we ran out of money and were on skid row. I felt shame that it was our fault we were homeless.
"We hit rock bottom and I found out what it’s like to feel invisible. I felt like I wasn’t part of society – it was so degrading”.
However, thankfully things started to turn around for the couple after Ryan got a job as a delivery driver, and they saved enough money to rent a flat in Cornwall.
Now they live in a home, have a four-year-old daughter, Lily, and got married this year.
She’s used diary entries kept from her time living homeless as the basis for a biography, which is called Ever the Optimist.
Gylisa said: “Writing my diary got me through being homeless - it would while away the hours and allowed me to think things could only get better.
“The response to the book has already been incredible. It was a very difficult time but our lives are now wonderful."
We hit rock bottom and I found out what it’s like to feel invisible. I felt like I wasn’t part of society – it was so degrading.Gylisa Jayne
Gylisa hit headlines earlier this year after saying people who criticise her for previously living off her partner were just “bitter”.
Although she briefly held a job as a housekeeper, she quit when she went on maternity leave in September 2017, and then lived off Ryan’s £25,000 salary.
Although the situation works for them, Gylisa revealed people have slammed her for being a “kept woman”, but says it doesn’t bother her.
Speaking to the MailOnline at the time, Gylisa said: “When I get comments from strangers, it comes from a place of jealousy.
“What age are you meant to be a kept woman? Age is just a number. A lot of people will feel bitter towards it.”
After her maternity leave, Gylisa decided that her baby was her priority, and not her low paid job that gave her a wage that was like “pocket money”.
Lily goes to pre-school two days a week which gives Gylisa the chance to do housework and write.
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