A 22-year-old woman has shared how she is often mistaken for her husband’s daughter due to their 28 years age gap.
Eliza Geaghan-Forbes says her relationship with husband Rick, 50, is like ‘no other’.
And thankfully, when strangers often ask if they are father and daughter, Eliza isn’t fazed by the rude remarks.
In fact, she notes she is happier than ever.
‘I think people automatically think the worst with age gap relationships,’ she says.
‘They assume the younger person is being groomed and consider them a victim.
‘But really, this couldn’t be any further from the truth.
‘I first met Rick in 2018 while working in a gas station and he wasn’t interested because of my age.
‘But I fancied him and continued to pursue him by adding him on Facebook. He was respectful and considerate of my age until he was convinced I was serious about him.
‘And the rest is history, we are now happily married with two children called Aaron, 19 months, and Rowan, five months.’
Despite having a family of their own, Eliza did initially worry about what people thought.
‘I used to constantly look around at people’s reaction whilst out with Rick,’ she explains.
‘But now, I don’t care. As long as I am happy. We have been mistaken for father and daughter while out, but now we just brush it off.
‘The age gap doesn’t make a difference at all.
‘Rick has treated me better than any guy who is my age.’
The couple defend their relationship by stating they have a lot in common. Some of their interests include fostering animals while they also adore raising their children and laughing together.
‘My friends were accepting from the get-go because they could see how happy he makes me,’ Eliza adds.
‘Younger people are inquisitive about our sex life but it is safe to say we are very compatible in that way.
‘He has a higher sex drive and more energy than me.’
Eliza says family members were worried about the age gap until they met him.
‘I’ve always liked older men but I have never dated one before so it was a shock to my family,’ she explains.
‘They were worried in case I got hurt but now, our relationship is totally accepted. We are happy, healthy and thriving.
‘The only people who may have something to say are strangers but we don’t care.
‘People in their twenties assume older men objectify younger women but I have found this is more the case with young men.’