A 29-year-old woman left her husband of three years and put her friendship on the line by starting a relationship with her best friend’s dad.
Robert Pittman, 58, was thankful for his daughter's best friend, Anda Melton, when his wife of 35 years sadly passed away in February 2019.
Anda, who is a security guard, from South Carolina in the US, frequently visited the granddad-of-three to check up on him whilst his daughter Shelby, 28, lived out of state.
But the short-visits became more frequent as they developed feelings for one another - something that Anda claims ‘weirded’ Shelby out at first.
The pair have now been dating for 18 months and say they couldn't be happier.
“When Shelby came home for her step-mum's funeral - I promised I would look after her dad,” Anda, who left her husband of three years for Robert, said.
“He suffered a heart attack in 2015 and needs to take medication so I would pop in to make sure he had done so.
“I’d met him before but it was only briefly and I never fancied him.
“But whilst checking in on him, I began to like his charm.”
Two months later, the couple expressed their feelings to Shelby and Robert’s two other children.
“We didn’t sleep together until we had got the OK from Shelby,” Anda said.
“It was important for me to get her blessing as I would hate to break up our friendship.
“She was weirded out and found it strange at the start. But she could see that we are both happy and understands you can’t help who you fall in love with.”
Despite the couple claiming they would keep things on a casual basis, Anda fell completely ‘head over heels’ for Robert, which prompted her to leave her husband.
Despite the age gap, Anda praises Robert for being the ‘best lover ever’, saying ‘age is just a number’.
“Robert is an old school gentleman - he knows how to treat a woman right. His energy is so refreshing to be around,” she said .
"It was hard not to fall in love - every time I gazed into his crystal blue eyes.I left my ex for him as he made me feel special and happy.
“Robert may be 30 years older, but he doesn’t show it. He has more stamina than me and doesn’t need any Viagra.
“We have sex every day and it is fantastic.”
She slammed rude strangers who assume she is a 'gold digger', saying: "People sadly assume you are with an older man for money but it couldn't be any further from the truth - I work hard for my own money.
"I don't know why it is so hard to believe we have things in common and are in love.”
Anda went on to explain that she’s still extremely close with Shelby but doesn’t discuss intimate details about her relationship out of respect for her friend.