World’s tallest man searching high and low for love

THE world’s tallest man says it is high time he found love.

The 8ft 1in towering Turk says he is ready to fall head over heels.

But finding the right girl is proving a tall order.

Guinness World Records unveiled Sultan Kosen as the tallest human on the planet back in September.

At the time he said he was hoping his new-found fame would bring him love for the first time.

He has since toured the world and been interviewed for countless television shows, newspapers and magazines.

In Greece – one of his favourite countries – he met Betty Kourakou, a top model, as well as Petroula Kostidou, who delivers the weather forecast in herunderwear.

He also starred on a daytime chatshow where the audience was made up of beautiful models who were all between 1.85m and 1.90m tall.

But alas, his search for true love continues.

“My quest is ongoing,” he said.

“I still haven’t found a girlfriend.

“I had a fantastic time [on tour], especially in Greece, because I met a nice Greek girl called Dora, but no contact since.”

On the up side, women have responded well to his celebrity status.

“They love me,” he said. “Prior to being the record holder, they never gave me any importance, but now they show a lot of interest ... although I’m not sure if their intentions are serious.”

When it comes to the qualities he is looking for, Kosen does not seem to set the bar too high.

“Nice looking, honest and with a clean heart – this is enough,” he said.

“Her height isn’t important. Especially the girls in London – here’s a call out to them, ages between 20-25.”

Asked if he would not prefer a taller lady, he said: “I would prefer a tall woman but this is a bit difficult, so it’s not important.”

Kosen, 27, also has the world’s largest hands (27.5cm) and feet (36.5cm).

He wears a specially tailored suit and sleeps in a three-metre long bed.

Medical problems ruled out a career in basketball and before he was crowned the world’s tallest man he worked occasionally as a farmer in his village, where there are just 300 people.

The gentle giant grew normally until he was 10 but then a tumour caused him to develop a medical condition called pituitary gigantism.

The tumour was removed last year and his growth stopped. But he still needs crutches to stand.

Asked if he would prefer to be of normal height, he said: “Absolutely not – if I came to this world again, I would prefer to be tall, but with no medical problems.”

Kosen said he had developed as a person during his world tour.

He said: “I’ve changed a lot in terms of culture. I had never left my village apart from visits to Istanbul and Ankara but after travelling to 11 countries, I no longer want to live in a village.”

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