THE UK's most married man is taking drastic action after he says his wives "wore his body out over the years."
Ron Sheppard, 74, from Somerset, has been married a staggering eight times and says he is done with marriage.
Ron, who is due to turn 75 in May is leaving his two-bedroom flat in Somerton in Somerset, for pastures new.
He is moving to a care home on the Isle of Wight so that he can be close to his family.
The father-of-eight says that he is no longer well enough for romance due to his failing health, and has no plans to look for a new wife.
Ron suffers from a range of medical conditions including Parkinson’s Disease, Lewy Body Dementia, COPD, and Arachnoiditis.
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He currently has a team of carers that visit his home three times a day and is reliant on a wheelchair to get around.
Speaking to Somerset Live, he said: "My health is not good now.
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"I think it's possible all my wives have worn out my body over the years.
"The mental and physical stress of the divorces have taken their toll."
Ron's longest marriage lasted 13 years, and his shortest was just 10 months.
He first got married in 1966 to Margaret and the couple had three kids but they later divorced after two years.
Wife number two was Jeanette and they wed in 1973 although the marriage lasted just one year.
Ron married for the third time in 1976 to Lesley and they had two boys together before he left her five years later.
Kathy became wife number four in 1982, and the couple, who had a daughter, worked as Bluecoats at Pontins with Shane Richie.
Ron then married Sue in 1986 and had two boys, but after 11 years she threw him out.
Usha from Singapore was next to tie the knot with him in 1999, followed by Wan in 2003 and Weng a year later.
Ron almost got married for the ninth time.
He was engaged to an American woman called Rose Hans, who he had never met, but he called it off in 2019 saying "it didn't feel right."
The former tour manager of comedian Norman Wisdom says that he has "no regrets" about any of his marriages because he has eight children.
He puts his quest to find 'the one' down to his being sexually abused as a child.
"It left me with a lot of problems, I was constantly craving companionship and I turned to women", he said.
Ron released his autobiography Lord of The Weddings, in 2014, and is still working on a second book The Wife Collector, which he says is going to be released alongside a film about his remarkable life.
Oscar-winning German producer Sven Ebeling’s West Coast Pictures is set to produce the film also titled The Wife Collector.
The filmmaker got interested after seeing Ron’s 2014 autobiography — The Lord Of The Wedding Rings.
Jude Law, 48, is tipped to play Ron — while ex-EastEnder star Joe Swash, 39, is also in the frame.
Ron said: "It's a really strange thought to think my life is going to be the subject of a movie, but I'm loving it.
"I've had a remarkable life by any standard and I think it's a great story, which is why I wrote my autobiography."
Ron is not in touch with any of his ex-wives but he is looking forward to moving to the Isle of Wight to be closer to his sons and their families.
Speaking about the possibility of any future romances, Ron said:
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"If I meet a nice lady in the care home I think I will just keep it as a friendship,” he laughed.
“I’ve eaten enough wedding cake over the years. I’m done with going up the aisle."
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