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Bruce and Chelsea Maynard are happily married but they’re speaking out against rude strangers. This is because the couple has a 32-year age gap between them and they’re tired of these same strangers assuming that they are father and daughter rather than husband and wife.
The 22-year-old Chelsea even claims that when she eats out with her husband, 52-year-old Bruce, some restaurants hands her children’s menus! Not only that, they attract more than their fair share of stares from the public.
The couple first met in a coffee shop at their hometown of Tennessee, USA. Bruce, who is a retired car dealer, had offered some suggestions on what coffee would be good and the pair haven’t looked back since. According to Chelsea, ever since they met in 2017 they’ve been inseparable and have never been happier.
Eight months after Chelsea turned 21, they got married and they want to prove to the world the relationships with huge age gaps can and do work.
She said: “Waitresses have thought I’m Bruce’s daughter and I feel as though I’ve been purposely given me a child’s menu.
“We have walked into restaurants before and walked straight out because as soon as we walked in every head turned our way.
“I have always been told it is ‘super-sweet’ that I still take my grandpa out to eat.
“We don’t care what anyone thinks – I feel like the luckiest girl in the world for meeting Bruce in a random Viking coffee shop.
“I couldn’t understand the menu so Bruce came over to help me with what coffee I should order, I then sat with him and we connected straight away.
“Before I knew it, an hour and a half had passed, I called in sick to my previous job as a cashier as I didn’t want to leave.
“I find boys my age so immature and with Bruce, it was easy, we are both car enthusiasts and have a love for traveling and animals.
“It has been two years and we have not argued once; we are in sync and our communication is nothing like I have ever experienced before.
“My family is very open-minded and they haven’t got a problem with us, but it is people in the street or our town who stare and make comments.”
The couple has a shared love for Sphynx cats and that gave them the inspiration to start their own cattery.
Bruce said: “I never thought someone Chelsea’s age would be able to have an interest in me nor be able to converse with me.
“Chelsea left me feeling intrigued after our coffee – she has an old soul.
“Most men my age are still working and retire when they are old, I have never wanted to live like that.
“Even my friends are in their thirties, men my age are boring – Chelsea and I love an adventure and to travel.
“People always stare in the street but I know deep down they are thinking ‘what a lucky guy’ and they are right, I am.
“She is a beautiful young lady with intelligence who keeps me young.”