A young woman who fell in love with her neighbour despite the 28-year age gap insists they’re happier than ever.
Danielle Crick, 25, met bus driver Anthony Crick, 53, when he moved four doors down from her home in Plymouth seven years ago and she asked to borrow his hose pipe.
Now they have three children together: Charlie, four, Alfie, two, and Marley, one.
Danielle insists she “wasn’t nervous” to tell her parents about the relationship because they are very understanding.
However, dad Chris Stafford, 49, and mum, Niki Lowden, 47, were “quite shocked” at first because even they are younger than their daughter’s partner.
Danielle said Anthony was “quite wary” when they initially met because she was only 18, but after several years “it’s like the age gap doesn’t exist”.
“Our families were unsure at first but now they see how happy we are so they don’t have an issue at all,” she explained.
Anthony said if he were to see someone of his age dating someone so much younger he’d “probably be a bit judgemental” without knowing the full story.
“I used to walk along the street with Danielle wondering what she was thinking but she would tell me off and say if she was concerned about what other people thought, then she wouldn’t be with me.”
Cashiers in shops have asked him if Danielle is his daughter but “she always sticks up for me”.
“Danielle is the first person I’ve been with who’s a lot younger than me, my ex was only four weeks younger but this relationship works so much better,” he continued.
“If she’d been a typical 18-year-old woman I don’t think it would have worked.”
Danielle added: “We started off as friends and it just went from there and our first date was at a restaurant in Ipswich.
“He’s a lot more understanding than younger men and so genuine, that’s what I first liked about him.”