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18-Year-Old Ties The Knot With His 71-Year-Old Soulmate.

Disclaimer: This is a true story, you guys.

Almeda Errell didn't expect to fall in love. The 71-year-old just buried her eldest son, Robert, after losing him to diabetes complications. But, of all places, she met her soulmate at Robert's funeral - a 17-year-old Walmart cashier named Gary.

"I wasn't looking for a young man, but Gary just came along," Almeda admitted in an interview with the Daily Mail. "I just knew straight away that he was the one."

Gary and Almeda hadn't met before. Almeda was a widow with grown children and grandkids, and Gary was just finishing high school - and already in a rocky relationship with another 77-year-old woman.

"We were always fighting," said Gary. "I fell into depression and was looking for a way out."

The two were introduced at the funeral by Robert's widow, Lisa, who just so happened to be Gary's aunt. Lisa invited Gary to the funeral, and when he went to give Almeda his condolences, it apparently wasn't too long before sparks flew.

"When I told Lisa that I liked Almeda, she said that she liked me too," Gary recalled. "And that she should get us together."

For the most part, the pair says that family and friends gave the relationship their blessings. However, there was at least a little skepticism.

"Some family members thought Gary was far too young for me, and that I must be crazy," said Almeda. "I told him I wasn't crazy, and that we loved each other."

Once he turned 18, Gary proposed to her over the phone, and three weeks after becoming a couple, the pair were married in an intimate ceremony. Currently, the newlyweds live in Almeda's five-bedroom house with her 40-year-old daughter, DeAnna, and grandkids Aaron and Indianna, respectively aged 21 and 16.

What do you guys think about extreme age gaps in dating? How would you respond if a friend or family member was in a relationship with a 50+ year age difference?

Let me know what you think in the comments below. And for more bizarre but true stories of love, follow my Crazy Stupid Love collection!
57 comments
Honestly it seems like an age gap could be an issue simply because of intrests and difference in life times but I mean for some people it might not be an issue at all. After all love knows no bounds. I actually think this is fucking awesome.
a year ago·Reply
Is nobody going to say anything about the fact that he was dating a 77 year old when he was only 17
a year ago·Reply
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honestly, I don't really care bout age gaps. and it's not like he's not legal so there's really no problem with it. I hope they have an awesome life together.
a year ago·Reply
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Lmao no one is going to care if it's an old woman and a young man. but if it's an old man with a young woman SUDDENLY ALL THINGS GO TO HELL AND PEOPLE START YELLING ABUSE AND RAPE Which is completely and utterly bullshit
a year ago·Reply
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wow cool for them. its hard to say. I don't think we should say age gap is bad for others. personally it is way to big of a gap for me personally but for others it may be just fine. all I think is it comes down to maturity and is the heart true or not. and who are we to decide another's heart.
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