A husband and wife with an age difference of 32 years admit that they are regularly mistaken for a father and daughter – even though they have been married for 17 years.
Carrie, 44, and Alan, 76, both from the United States, met 22 years ago and said they knew they should be together from the start, even though there were more than three decades between them.
When they met, Carrie was only 23 and worked for an Alan customer, which meant that they had to make regular calls to establish a close connection.
Defy critics: The couple Carrie (44) and Alan (76) admit that due to their age difference of 32 years they are regularly confused with father and daughter
& # 39; Soulmates & # 39 ;: Carrie and Alan have been married for 17 years after they made a living in 2003 – five years after they met
Carrie says she knows Alan is older and vice versa, but they had built such a good relationship over the phone at work that she really wanted to meet in person.
After Alan, who was 55 years old at the time, invited them to lunch, they talked for hours and seemed to agree on every topic. The connection was instant and they have been together ever since.
"We have been a couple since 1998 and have been married since 2003," Carrie told Jam Press.
I had a short date with a man 15 years older than me and Alan was with younger women, but none of them were as young as me.
"We have so many personality traits that we are very compatible."
Alan has two adult daughters older than Carrie from a previous marriage, but said he was honest with them early on about the serious intentions he had for his new younger lover.
Bond: The couple (on the left in 1999 and recently on the right) met for the first time when Carrie, who was 23 at the time, worked for one of Alan's customers
Controversy: Carrie (pictured with Alan the year they met) admits that her mother was initially horrified by the relationship – especially because Alan is older than she
Family first: Alan, who was 55 when he met Carrie, has two adult daughters who are both older than her – but luckily they support the relationship
It was different for Carrie.
"My mother was very upset when I told her about Alan who was five years older than her," she said. She was concerned that Alan was using me.
I waited for some time to tell my mother for fear of a hostile reaction, even after Alan proposed marriage.
"Most of my other family members and friends accepted Alan, especially after they met him and realized how much he cared for me."
People still seem shocked when they see them together and find out that they are in a relationship because they think they are father and daughter.
During a European tour, two older men who were sitting in front of us on a tour bus turned around and asked if I was Alan's daughter or girlfriend. When Alan said she was my wife, they looked so shocked.
Critics: Carrie and Alan say strangers are often "shocked" when they find out that the couple is married
Discreet: The couple love to travel together, but when traveling, they need to be careful with the reactions of those around them
Control: Carrie admits the couple have regular questions from confused strangers about their relationship
On another trip to Europe, a cruise, two single women in their fifties who were on the cruise asked Alan if he and his daughter would like to join them for dinner.
When Alan said I was his wife and he was going to ask me about dinner, they quickly said they should forget and left.
"We don't hug, kiss or stay in public often because of fear of negative reactions."
Carrie, who has no children, and Alan, the grandfather of two children, told Jam Press that a relationship with age differences has so many advantages.
"We love each other very much and always want to solve all problems," they said.
& # 39; The maturity of the older partner gives stability and security to the younger person.
Balance: The couple says that their relationship between age and divide has numerous advantages
Energy: Alan says that Carrie's youth helped him feel more energetic
Helping hand: In the meantime, Alan's mature Carrie has given a feeling of stability
“The younger of the two gives the older energy and enthusiasm for life. And everyone can learn a lot from each other.
"The negative is that I often worry about what my life would be like without Alan. I am worried about being alone, especially since I have no children. & # 39;
The two have just started a podcast for people who, like them, are in a relationship with age differences, hoping that this will be beneficial.
About the podcast, Carrie said, “We started the Age Gap Love Story podcast to help others overcome the challenges of this type of relationship.
“We want to offer support and community to a group of people who we believe are often outlawed and neglected.
"We hope to keep our romance alive and enjoy living together to the fullest."
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