A woman who married her stepfather revealed how they first met when she was a teenage bridesmaid at his wedding to her mother.
Sarah, 28, of South Wales, was just 14 years old when she was first introduced to David, 69, who was then about to marry her mother, his second wife.
While Sarah was not living with her mother at the time, she struck up a ‘natural friendship’ with David during visits and they found they enjoyed each other’s company.
After David’s marriage to Sarah’s mother failed, he went public with his love for Sarah, then still a teenager, and the couple tied the knot.
Despite being disowned by her family, Sarah, who has twins with David, insists she is happy with her choice of husband, although there is no ‘romance’ in their relationship.
41-year age-gap: Sarah, 28, was just 14 years old when she was first introduced to David, 69, who was then about to marry her mother, his second wife. The couple, of South Wales, tied the knot 10 years ago and have twins together
Family rift: Sarah and David, pictured at their wedding 10 years ago, reveal their union caused Sarah to be disowned by her mother and family in Channel 5 series Age Gap Love
The couple, who run a bouncy castle company, speak about how their marriage caused a deep family rift in Channel 5 series Age Gap Love, which airs tomorrow night.
Speaking of how he met Sarah’s mother, David says: ‘After my first wife died – I’d been married for over 30 years – I’d been on my own for a little while and got really low and lonely.
‘Then I was introduced to my next wife, who happened to be your [Sarah’s] mother.’
Sarah continues: ‘When David married my mum I was 14, nearly 15, I was living in Portsmouth with my dad and moved into foster care. So I only met David the day of the wedding and then didn’t see him again for a year.’
Their unlikely friendship blossomed when Sarah dropped in to see her mother.
‘Me and David just had a natural friendship and just enjoyed each other’s company,’ Sarah recalls. ‘We could just talk and laugh and be friends.’
Brutally honest: Sarah, pictured at home with her husband in South Wales, reveals she ‘doesn’t fancy’ David because she is ‘old and grey’ and has ‘put on loads of weight’
But her family didn’t agree with the relationship and they were forced to leave everyone behind in order to stay together.
‘My family completely disowned me, they didn’t agree with it at all,’ Sarah says.
Despite never having a problem with their 41-year age gap, Sarah admitted being married to an older man can also have its drawbacks.
‘I don’t fancy you though, you’re old and grey,’ she confesses in one brutally honest conversation. ‘And you’ve put on loads of weight.’
The couple laugh with one another as they discuss how their relationship works, revealing they don’t do romance.
Celebrations: The couple, pictured together, are now preparing to celebrate their tenth wedding anniversary
Remembering their wedding day, David recalls how he was anxious until he laid eyes on his bride.
David says: ‘I was very nervous until I saw you walking down the aisle with the dog.
‘I thought that was quite funny, it was unique, not many people have a dog as a bridesmaid.’
Now the couple are planning to host a vow renewal to celebrate their tenth wedding anniversary.
‘I want to do a vow renewal service because we’ve got a lot more friends,’ Sarah says.
Age Gap Love airs Wednesday at 10pm on Channel 5