||Her relationships continued to raise eyebrows. After a reported affair with another bodyguard, Jean-Raymond Gottlieb, Stephanie sidestepped convention when she and her three children moved in with married circus ringmaster Franco Knie.
Although the relationship ended in 2002, Stephanie's fascination with circus performers remained and, in 2003, she surprised everyone by tying the knot with acrobat Adans Lopez Peres. But for the romantically challenged princess, there was to be no happy ending. She and the Portuguese-born entertainer called it a day after just ten months.