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My Boyfriend is 35 Years Older but…

DEAR AUNTIE ABENA,

I am a 25 year old female dating a man who is 32 years older than me. He has a daughter who is 3 years older than I am.
I have never really been attracted to people my age, although I have tried to date a couple of people closer to my age and also people who are a little older ( 7-10 years).

I was single for a year and wasn’t interested in being in a relationship because I was happy being single, and although there were numerous proposals from different guys of all stages of life I had no interest in them until I met this person. There’s a saying that, ‘when you meet the one you will know’ and I think I have found the one. He is genuinely and by far the kindest person I have ever dated, and an incredibly good father to his child and he always puts the people he loves first.

My boyfriend isn’t a rich ‘older man’ but lives a comfortable life. This isn’t a sugar daddy-sugar baby kind of relationship as I am financially independent, and take care of my needs and wants. Auntie Abena, the issue at hand now is that he is serious about us taking the next step and wants to meet my family. I’ve met his family already and they adore me.

My problem is, how do I break the news of his age gently to my family? I know them and I know they will have problems with me dating someone older and think I am “wasting my life” but I am genuinely happy with this man.

Written by Abena Magis

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