A 47-year-old woman proved age really is just a number after she fell in love with her friend’s nephew, who is three years younger than her own son.
The 19-year age gap didn’t phase couple Deanna and Steven Boomer, even though they met when Steven was a teenager – he was 19 and she was 38.
In fact, eight years on, the pair have celebrated their 7th wedding anniversary and have a four-year-old child together.
Steven, now 27, is stepdad to Deanna’s four other children who are 13, 17, 25 and 31-years-old, but it wasn’t always smooth sailing for the couple.
They got negative backlash from friends and family because of their difference in age, particularly because Deanna is older than Steven’s mum, but they have now shown people they are the perfect match.
Steven said: ‘The beginning of the relationship was the hardest but now it’s much easier, as the people who see us for who we are know we’re meant to be together.’
Deanna met the man of her dreams through being close friends with his auntie and started hanging out with him at the car club at his high school.
The mother-of-five would take her Jeep to Steven’s car club and take him and his friends off-roading whilst getting to know the 19-year-old at the time.
Steven added: ‘Me and my friends all had a car club in high school, and Deanna had a jeep and so she would always come to our meetups and stuff and then we’d all go off-roading.
‘Then one day, she just kind of hit me up and asked if we wanted to go to the bar and hang out and that’s where it led.’
Deanna was a stay-at-home mum at the time and was going through a divorce from her ex-husband of 22 years due to a relationship breakdown.
Deanna had moved into an apartment with her four children and asked her now-husband to move in with her to help with the rent.
As the couple made their relationship official to family and friends, Deanna received support from friends and family but Steven struggled to maintain his friendships through the beginning of his relationship with Deanna.
She said: ‘My friends didn’t really care, in fact, one of my friends was also talking to him before me, so she couldn’t really say anything, but they could see how happy I was, whereas Steven’s family were more annoyed.’
Steven, who works as a plumber, added: ‘My mother didn’t like it very much. Deanna is just a few months older than her, so she found that a little strange.
‘I had comments from my family saying that I was just a kid, and I wouldn’t understand what it was like to raise a whole family as obviously, Deanna had kids before me – one being older than me – but that doesn’t matter now as I have a great relationship with them all.’
Steven added: ‘I also lost a lot of friends from it just because they were all young at the time too, so they wanted to go out have fun, party, and enjoy themselves.
‘Now, they have all settled down and had kids of their own, they’re starting to see what it is like, and my family are now starting to accept the relationship and I have developed a great relationship with Deanna’s children.’
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