Woman, 30, says 58-year-old boyfriend is mistaken for her dad
A woman has found love with a man who is 28 years her senior.
Harriette Simmons, 30, fell head over heels for 58-year-old Micky Lowe when they used to work in retail together.
Over the years, some have doubted if their relationship will last.
And strangers have mistakenly thought that Micky is Harriette’s dad.
But despite this, the Norwich-based couple say their partnership is still as strong as ever.
They document their romance on YouTube, where Harriette boasts 72,000 subscribers.
Harriette said: “We met through work and six years later here we are. I even remember the first time I saw him and what he was wearing.
“We went on a few dates and one day I asked Micky if he would like to see if we could make it official and see where go on from there.
“Micky always said he didn't think it was going to last when we first met, he said I was young and thought it was just a phase for me, he said even if it only lasted a few months, it would be the best few months.
“For me it was [love at first sight]; I thought Micky was handsome and I liked his personality, he made me laugh and smile, he treated me like a lady and respected me.
“I found we also shared the same interests like we both have always wanted to travel around India, we have the same taste in music, film and we both have a love for food, especially ice cream and chocolate.”
Harriette gets on well with Micky’s sons, who are a similar age to her.
Joss, 32, Jake, 30, and Liam, 27, are supportive of the relationship.
The young woman’s family is equally as pleased that she has found happiness with carpenter Micky.
Harriette added: “Our families were not shocked, but I guess they were interested to meet us both.
“My nanny and granddad love him to pieces.”
The only obstacle the couple has to overcome is the comments they get from strangers and internet trolls.
Harriette explained: “When we’ve been out in public, people have mixed us up as being father and daughter.
“The hurtful comments we have got are all online through comments left on my YouTube channel or on my Instagram page.”
Despite the backlash they receive, the pair say they don’t have many problems to overcome.
The YouTuber explained: “We have not really had difficult times throughout our relationship, touch wood.
“But if anything did come up, I know we would stick together and try and get through it.”
In the future, the couple hopes to go travelling together.
They want to vlog all the adventures they have with their pet dogs, but don’t plan on having children any time soon.
Harriette added: “Me and Micky plan to finish converting the old coach we bought so we can travel with our pugs and vlog it for my YouTube channel.
“We don’t plan to have kids; the pugs are enough for us.
“At the end of the day we are not doing anyone any harm, we love each other, care for each other, make each other laugh and smile, we have our ups and our downs like any other couple, we are no different from any other couple.
“I choose to be with Micky because I love him and that is all that matters, I didn't choose to be with him because of his age.
“People don’t choose to be in a relationship because of each other’s ages but for reasons like love, trust, friendship.”
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