A woman who gets mistaken for being her husband’s granddaughter - or even his nurse - said they are happier than ever despite their 55-year age gap and want kids together.
Alexis Tadlock, 24, never imagined she would fall head over heels for 79-year-old Charles, but said he is the best thing that has ever happened to her.
The young woman first met Charles and his wife Kathy at church back in 2015 when they all used to attend Sunday services in their hometown of Sheridan, Arkansas, USA.
But after Kathy, 77, tragically passed away in September 2017 from lung disease, Alexis said she could see how sad and lonely Charles had become – so the pair started hanging out together and became good friends.
“I never had much to do with Charles, but one day I saw him sitting alone at church and he was crying,” she said.
“I went to comfort him, and we talked for ages. We became good friends after that, and we would go do things together and just hang out.
“Eventually, I think we became dependent on each other and my feelings really started to grow the more time we spent together.
“But I never thought anything could happen between us. I tried to set him up with an older lady, but he flat out refused to even go on a date.”
After nearly a year of getting to know each other, funeral director Alexis said she began developing feelings towards retired school principal Charles – despite the fact he was 55 years her senior.
And she was over the moon when she learnt her new beau felt the same way and popped the question in October 2018 – with the loved-up pair getting married just two months later.
“I just couldn’t imagine ever leaving him and finding a younger man,” she admitted.
“One day, he told me how much he missed me. I asked him if he ever felt that way towards anyone else, and he said, ‘only my wife’.
“We admitted our feelings towards each other, and our relationship just blossomed from there. I was over the moon when he popped the question and we got married just two months later.
“He is the best husband I ever could have asked for and we love each other deeply. We’re very happy.”
Alexis said that when she first told her family and friends about her engagement, there were ‘mixed reactions’ – and while most were happy for them, she said others were ‘totally against it’.
“Most were very supportive, but I did have some people who did not agree with it at all. They became very hateful towards me,” she said.
“Usually people think I’m his granddaughter. Or they’ll think I’m his nurse or carer.
“I am generally the one that tells people that we’re married, and often they don’t really know what to say. They looked very shocked.”
The young woman added that she never lets their 55-year age gap deter them from public displays of affection – but said this can attract stares from strangers.
“We don’t make a big deal about it. A lot of people in age gap relationships feel that they can’t hold hands or stay close to each other because of what others will think,” she said.
“But we don’t act any differently in public. I’ll kiss his cheek and we’ll hold hands. I really don’t care what others think.”
Alexis revealed she does feel sad at times as she knows her husband is likely to die before she will - but said having a baby with him would be a way to ‘keep a part of him’ with her forever.
And although Alexis said her desire to have kids with Charles - who will turn 80 in August - has sparked some cruel backlash, she has not let it stop them from trying – and added that she has always wanted to be a mother.
“A lot of people get angry because they assume that Charles can not give me children due to his age,” she said.
“But that is not true at all. We’ve gone for tests, and it’s actually me that has some fertility issues that we’re working on.
“We want to have a baby. I’ve been told I’m selfish if I have a child with him because they might grow up without a dad.
“But when he dies, I’ll have nothing of him. I need something from him to carry with me throughout the rest of my life.
“Charles treats me better than any guys I’ve dated in their 20s. He has old-fashioned values and is a true gentleman.”
With reporting by Caters News.
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