When it comes to romance, large age gaps are becoming more and more prevalent. But this one may shock even the most jaded of news consumers. An age gap is one thing – but an age gap of 29 years is something else.
In popular culture, the stereotype is always and older man paired romantically with a younger woman.
One famous instance of this is the Jackass: Bad Grandpa sketch.
1993’s The Crush told the story of a relationship between a 14-year-old played by Alicia Silverstone and a much older man, played by Cary Elwes.
And who could forget American Beauty?
In this 1999 classic, Kevin Spacey develops a dangerous infatuation with his daughter’s best friend, played by Mena Suvari.
E! comedy series Burning Love flipped the trope, for comic effect.
In the hilarious The Bachelor parody, one contestant, Virginia (played by Helen Slayton-Hughes) is far older than her prospective partner, Mark Orlando (played by Ken Marino).
This advert by London estate agent Marsh & Parsons was removed from the Underground after facing significant public backlash for being sexist.
The tale of romance has piqued the interest of the internet.
Natalie Noble, 19, met Bobby Lindsey, 48, back in 2015.
He was her tennis coach and the two struck up a friendship which turned romantic.
“Bobby and I first met in 2015 when he became my tennis coach,” she said.
“It was my first year playing tennis, his daughter was also on the team and he was the coach.”
“Obviously at the start there wasn’t any form of romantic relationship, we were purely a coach and a tennis student.”
“We just kept saying that we were just friends because we were so terrified of the idea of admitting our feelings.”
“We kept it a secret for a while because of being so scared of how we would be judged.”
“I think I have always kind of had an attraction to older men. I am super mature for my age so I can’t really connect with guys my age.”
“My parents tried to put us through hell to break us up, but it just made us closer as we only had each other.”
“It made me not care as much about what people think and it has taught me self-love. I hope and pray that one day they will be fine with the relationship, but we still aren’t there.”
”I love being in our age gap relationship because I have an older heart and Bobby has a younger heart.”
“We know it is not the most conventional relationship, but we are happy and in love and that’s the main thing.”
What do you make of this controversial relationship?
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