FROM fast cars to a designer wardrobe, Paris Fury and her husband Tyson, billionaire boxing champion, can afford to live a life very luxurious lifestyle.
But despite the fame and fortune, the childhood sweethearts have remained steadfast in sticking to their Traveling roots.
From marrying young to leaving school early, Fabulous looks back at how the beloved couple have followed their traditional values and are determined their six children do the same…
GROWING IN CARAVANS
Like her champion boxer husband Tyson, who grew up in a Roma family in Wythenshawe, Manchester, Paris was raised in an Irish Traveler family in Doncaster, South Yorkshire.
Talking about his upbringing Mirrorthe mother of six explained: “I am a traveler, I am a gypsy. I was raised in caravans when I was a child.
“It’s just the traditional lifestyle; there is no real definition, there is no lineage because we never went to the doctor to say that we are who we are.
“There was no paperwork, there are still gypsies today who can’t read or write, that’s how old-fashioned we are.”
Earlier this year, Paris, who now lives with her family in a modest £550,000 five-bedroom, four-bathroom house in Morecambe, Lancashire, shared a snap of a new garden caravan ornament she had bought.
Alongside the photo, he wrote: “To the garden…don’t forget where you came from.”
Similarly to Paris, Tyson, nicknamed “The Gypsy King” and worth an estimated £130 million, also once lived in a caravan on land owned by his father, John.
In 2020, Fury paid homage to his heritage by purchasing and customizing a gypsy wagon that he now rides proudly through the streets.
Talking about the gypsy wagon, he said: “[It’s] real gold, gold leaf, all hand painted.
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“Gypsy code says you must travel towards the sun, so we keep the sun back.”
But while Tyson has always been a proud member of the traveling community, it hasn’t always been easy due to the cruel comments he’s received from trolls.
In a 2016 press conference interview before a rematch with Wladimir Klitschko, he stated: “No one wants to see a gypsy do well.
“I am a gypsy and that’s it. I will always be a gypsy, I will never change. I’ll always be fat and white and that’s it.
“I am the champion, but I am considered a bum.”
The childhood sweethearts met at a mutual friend’s wedding when Paris was just 15, and began dating shortly after meeting at her 16th birthday party.
In keeping with Traveler lore, Tyson married young when he married Paris at the age of 20 in a traditionally religious ceremony at St Peter-In-Chains Roman Catholic Church in Doncaster in front of 300 friends and family in November 2008.
However, the couple did not sleep together until the night of their wedding.
The traveler-born Paris previously said: “Even after we got engaged, Tyson slept in a trailer at my parents’ house, while I slept inside the house.
“We don’t sleep together until after we’re married. That’s the way to travel.”
Since then, the couple have had six children together: Venezuela, 13, Prince John James, nine, Prince Tyson II, four, Valencia, three, Prince Adonis Amaziah, two, and baby Athena.
Speaking about wanting to “carry on the great tradition of travelers” in the bio, Love and Fury: The Magic and Mayhem of Life with Tyson, Paris revealed that it is her “duty” to take care of her husband and children.
Morecambe’s mother said: “Sometimes people would ask me why I didn’t hire a helper, it wasn’t that we couldn’t afford it, but that wasn’t the way to travel.
“As proud and dedicated wives and mothers, we consider it our duty and our privilege to care for our homes and children.”
She went on to add that she is eager to set a good example for her six children, explaining: “I didn’t like the idea of them growing up with chefs and cleaners grafting themselves around us while we danced all day looking glamorous.”
Paris also recounted that she and Tyson always “intended to carry on the great tradition of travelers and have a great family.”
She said: “Three kids minimum, we’d tell each other, maybe even ten if we’re lucky.”
LEAVING SCHOOL YOUNG
Being raised in a traditional gypsy lifestyle meant that both Paris and Tyson dropped out of education after primary school without any qualifications.
True to her culture, Paris revealed in the 2020 ITV documentary ‘Tyson Fury: The Gypsy King’ that she wanted her children to learn at home and stay under her roof until they were married, while Tyson had quite a different perspective. .
“Tyson and I have talked about getting the kids to school,” Paris said. “Tyson wants the kids to study, but I don’t; it’s just not what we’ve ever done.
“I was raised as a Traveler and I want my children to be raised as Travelers. They will probably leave school at 11 and be home schooled from then on.”
“Boys will take a wife and build their families and girls will take a husband and build their families.
“Until they take a husband or wife, they won’t leave home and I wouldn’t want them to, but definitely.” [eldest daughter] Venezuela will not be.
“Tyson’s idea is that they have the best of both worlds: the education of a traveler but the education of a non-traveler: how powerful can you be?”
Since then, Paris Opened to Fabulous magazine about her eldest daughter Venezuela leaving the education system at age 11.
“We finished school at primary age, which is the traditional path of the traveler,” he explained.
“We just brought the tradition into the 21st century. Venezuela wanted to leave school and all its [traveller] friends were leaving.
“Her tutor will keep her up to date with all her tests. She will also have piano lessons.”
Despite Tyson’s reservations, the couple ultimately decided that Venezuela should leave school as planned due to her busy schedule.
The mother added: “We move around so much [the Furys also have a house in Las Vegas and regularly travel to America to be with Tyson]. It wouldn’t work if they were in school full time and then went to America.”
In a 2014 interview with the BBC, Tyson revealed that his heritage was part of the reason he became a boxer.
Opening up, The Gypsy King said that he needed to learn how to fight and defend himself by being a traveler in society.
“Boxing is a key element of travel culture,” he explained.
“First of all, you learn to fight.
“While in other cultures little kids kick a ball, we are punching.
“When we have a dispute, we’re not supposed to go to the police, we’re supposed to take our shirts off, go out there and punch it out.
“Being a good fighter is one of the best things you can be in life.”
Tyson is related to the self-proclaimed King of the Gypsies Bartley Gorman, who was a renowned bare-knuckle boxer from 1972 to 1992.
“Why be ashamed of who you really are?” Tyson’s father, John, once said. “Tyson will always be a gypsy no matter what he does.”