Who is Ilona-Ruby?
I met Ilona-Ruby in 1997 on DalNET IRC network.
Within a month things escalated and I had decided to leave home and venture into the world, leaving Birmingham for the Netherlands. As of 2019 we have been together 21 years.
I was 17 going 18 at the time of departure. We were engaged to marry on the 4th day of visiting her in the Netherlands, it was fast. We have since lived together since April 10th 1998, having initially met on February 19th 1998, subsequently getting engaged on the 23rd of that same month.
We officially married in 2003 on June 6th. She inspires my music through the love and her smile. After marrying, her name became Ilona-Ruby Tuby. In 2016 I renewed my vows and to mark that occasion I legally incorporated her birth name Ruby into my own, Red-Ruby Tuby.
Unfortunately Ilona recently had to fight off a serious bout of cancer, the first three videos posted below were created before the discovery and diagnosis, which meant winter 2018 was a tough one emotionally for us both, but she pulled through just fine- having those videos around was immensely beneficial for us both while weathering the chemo isolation for 6 months (as chemotherapy causes a compromised immune system, a simple common cold could be fatal, so no visitors or public gatherings for either of us).
June 2019, just before our 21st Anniversary she was given the all-clear after a very testing 6 months of darkness and uncertainty. We are really glad the winter is over. The revelation directly inspired the romantic track Hanami Nights as well as the two new teaser tracks for the next Origins album.
We hope you enjoy these videos and music, especially if you are going through tough times yourself.