Anna Bondesson’s extreme phobia means that she has to go to extreme lengths to avoid it otherwise she bursts into tears.
“My parents said I’ve been like this since I was old enough to eat solids,” she said.
“The smell is the absolute worst part. I don’t understand how anyone can eat something that smells like vomit.”
Anna, 33, cannot pinpoint what triggered her fears but she has adjusted the way she lives her life to avoid cheese as much as possible.
To get out of difficult situations, such as dinner parties with meals that include cheese, she simply tells people that she is allergic to it.
She even avoids the deli cheese counter at the supermarket, intentionally walking another way so she doesn’t have to come face to face with the “yellow, smelly hell”.
Sounds more like she just doesn’t like it.
Hey, everyone has different tastes.
But is it really a phobia? Especially given that she was willing to pose with cheese in those accompanying photos?
In the past, Anna’s phobia has also affected her love life.
She was once on a date with a man she had liked for a while and everything was going well – until they got back to his place where he offered her some cheese.
“He came into the living room carrying the largest cheese plate I’ve ever seen,” she said.
“I freaked out of course. The tears started to run down my cheeks and I ran out.
“I don’t have to tell you that there wasn’t any more dates with this guy.
“But it didn’t bother me either, I couldn’t date anyone who thinks cheese is something so good he has to make it the highlight of the whole day.”
I wouldn’t date her, either. I love cheese! 🙂