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‘Peru Two’ drugs mule Michaella McCollum puts in a glamorous appearance at her sister’s wedding in Ireland – with her twin baby sons in tow
- ‘Peru Two’ drugs mule Michaella McCollum attended sisters wedding
- Samantha McCollum married Adam Atwood at Hillgrove Hotel, Monaghan
- Michaella was joined by her twin baby boys Raphael and Rio at the ceremony
- Michaella who shot to notoriety in 2013 when she was arrested in Lima
- Announced pregnancy in January this year, but hasn’t revealed father’s identity
It seems that the McCollum family has had plenty to celebrate in recent months.
Former ‘drugs mule’ Michaella became a mother for the first time after welcoming twins in May and now her sister Samantha has celebrated her marriage to the love of her life with a lavish ceremony.
Samantha wed fiance Aaron Attwood at the Hillgrove Hotel in Monaghan, Ireland over the weekend and of course Michaella was on hand to support her.
Having shot to notoriety as one of the ‘Peru Two’, Michaella looked worlds away from her jail days, dressed in a form fitting navy dress for her sister’s big day.
The 24-year-old styled her blonde locks into loose waves fastened with a diamante clip, and added a pop of colour to her beauty palette in the form of a vibrant red lipstick.
Peru Two’s Michaella McCollum celebrated the wedding of her sister Samantha over the weekend joined by her twin sons Raphael and Rio
The glamorous mother was joined by her adorable twin sons, Raphael and Rio, who were picture perfect in matching ivory ensembles.
It seems that the former jailbird was able to enjoy a break from her parenting duties at one point – sharing a snap of herself and Samantha getting ready in the bridal suite.
Dressed in matching silk dressing gowns the two sisters can be seen enjoying a glass of bubbles ahead of the ceremony.
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The new mother announced the news of their birth on Instagram last month by sharing a sweet clip with her newborns, captioned: ‘My little darlings, 1 week today.’
And she certainly hasn’t held back when it comes to chronicling the realities of motherhood, writing on a recent post: ‘Not often these days when I’m not covered in pee and spew.’
She also revealed her joy at being able to fit into her pre-pregnancy clothes, but has so far declined to share who their father is – prompting speculation that she is embarking on this next chapter alone.
The new mother took a break from parenting duties to enjoy a glass of bubbles with the bride (seen left) ahead of her ceremony to Adam Atwood
Michaella looked every bit the doting mother as she tended to her two sons during the ceremony’s reception
Samantha married Adam Attwood at the Hillgrove Hotel in Monaghan, Ireland over the weekend
MailOnline has contacted a representative for Michaella for comment.
Michaella, who shot to notoriety in 2013 when she and her friend Melissa Reid were arrested in Lima for smuggling drugs and dubbed the Peru Two in the press, recently revealed that her newborns are boys.
She has never revealed who the father of the twins is, but has posted snaps on Instagram with a mystery man – thought to be her boyfriend – omitting his face from the pictures.
And she gave followers no hint during her pregnancy that she was carrying twins were on the way, displaying only a tiny bump in her recent social media posts.
A snap from the end of April showed her with a neat baby bump, but she hinted that birth was imminent, saying: ‘I guess I am gonna have to shop infant car seats soon.’
First picture: Michaella, 24, from Northern Ireland of Peru Two notoriety, gave birth to twins last month – revealing the news to her fans in a heartfelt Instagram post on 15 May
Is this the father of Michaella’s baby? The new mother recently posted this snap with a male companion at a spa day, but covered his face – and has remained tight-lipped so far
Reid and McCollum met in Ibiza in 2013 where they were employed by a drug-dealing gang.
They were sentenced to spend six years and eight months inside a grim jail in Lima, after they were caught at the airport trying to smuggle £1.5M worth of cocaine.
However, they were released after serving three years, with Michaella returning to Northern Ireland in June 2016.
Since her release from prison, Michaella has become something of a public figure, attending events and escaping the chilly British weather on a string of sun-kissed holidays last summer.
By contrast her former accomplice Melissa Reid, landed a charity job at Citizens Advice after she was released from jail in South America in June 2016.
Michaella was also reportedly offered £250,000 for a tell-all book deal detailing her criminal exploits and time behind bars in Lima, although no details of the publication have been released.
Whether that figure is realistic or not, the new mother will be releasing her tome at some point this year.
There was also talk of Michaella taking part in a prison documentary, although there has not been any news of the rumoured TV show.
On confirming her pregnancy, her agent said: Michaella is looking forward to her journey into motherhood.
‘Couple this with the excitement of her book release and 2018 is set to be an amazing year for Michaella.’
Who are the so-called Peru Two?
Melissa Reid and Michaella McCollum – dubbed the ‘Peru Two’ – were caught in August 2013 as they tried to board an Air Europe flight to Majorca via Madrid with 24lb (11kg) of cocaine hidden in food packets packed in their luggage.
The women, who travelled to Peru after spending the summer working in Ibiza, initially protested their innocence, claiming they had been forced to become drug runners by a gang of armed kidnappers.
Reid’s parents spoke out publicly in support of the pair but later said a guilty plea was the best course of action.
Reid and McCollum faced up to 15 years in jail if convicted of drug smuggling after a trial.
Both women later pleaded guilty to the charges and were sentenced to six years and eight months in prison. Peruvian police and prosecutors said from the start they never believed the women’s stories about being forced to smuggle drugs.
Reid and McCollum were initially held at Virgen de Fatima prison in Lima but were later moved to Ancon II prison, a modern facility where conditions were moderately better than the overcrowded and unsanitary conditions of the previous jail.
Reid was allowed to apply for a return to Britain under a 2014 law designed to reduce Peru’s prison population and returned home in June 2016.
McCollum was released in March 2016 after serving two years and three months of her sentence but was required to stay in Peru as part of her parole conditions.
She spent several months carrying out voluntary work under the leadership of Fr Seán Walsh of the Columban Fathers Mission in Peru, before returning to Northern Ireland in August 2016.
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