A couple with a 23-year age gap have spoken out about their business and revealed they are developing a dating app that will bring together people who want to date younger or older individuals.
26-year-old Shanice Rivers and 49-year-old Sheldon Owen have fallen in love with each other after they first gazed into each other’s eyes at a restaurant in California, USA.
While they raised plenty of eyebrows within their families due to their obvious age gap, they soon proved everyone wrong as they announced they were getting married and thinking about raising kids of their own.
On top of that, they also started working on their dating app called ‘I Age Gap’ that is supposed to come out in 2020 with the aim of bringing together young people who want to date older individuals and vice versa.
“We are building a new dating app dedicated to the age gap community called I Age Gap; we want to create something authentic for the age gap community that connects real people looking for real love globally,” CEO Sheldon said.
“We first launched a social community on Instagram called @iagegap to show our support for age gap couples, and we quickly discovered that this community was broadly underserved.
“We surveyed over one thousand people and seventy-six percent of our survey results agreed that age gap is five years or greater.
“When you take this survey into consideration, one can argue that age gap relationships have existed broadly in the world for years, but for some reason, society has made it taboo. Our goal is to change that negative stigma.”
While the couple respects other people’s personal beliefs, they want to break the stigma around age gap couples so that others will also respect such pairs rather than look down on them or make fun of them.
“Our journey as an age gap interracial couple has been interesting, to say the least. Most of the negative feedback we received has come from complete strangers,” Sheldon added.
“Both of our families support our relationship and think we make a great couple. However, society, on the other hand, seems to have a different opinion.
“We get two types of ignorant judgments one is based on our age gap and number two is based on our interracial relationship. Neither bothers us because we are in love and we hope to have a family together soon.”
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