A loved-up wife who is 27 years younger than her husband says she wants to break down the “gold digger” stereotype in their relationship.
Kelsey Kammeyer Allen, 25, says she gets stared at in the street when she is with her husband Paul.
She met her husband for the first time when she was just a teenager and is younger than his eldest daughter.
She insists “age is just a number” and has never let it get in the way of their relationship.
But Kelsey, from Salt Lake City, Utah, who first met Paul when she was 19 and he was 47, said the age gap has caused awkward moments such as strangers assuming they were father and daughter.
She said: “I first met Paul when I was 19, I was living in California at the time and my brother invited me to a poker party when I was home in Utah visiting.
“I was young, it sounded like fun, so I decided to go. My brother and Paul had known each other for a long time, they are hunting buddies.
“I met him there, we all had so much fun and so all of us kept hanging out after that. I gradually started falling in love with him because he is such an incredible man.
“It was hard at the start. There is a big age gap between us, I never imagined I would end up with an older man.
“We’d go out in public and people would stare at us. I felt nervous to hold his hand because I knew people were judging us.
“There is so much stigma around a younger woman being with an older man, they think we are ‘Gold Diggers’ just after their money.”
After a year of dating, Kelsey, who works as a esthetician, came to the realisation that no one else’s opinion matters.
“I finally let it go. I realised I loved him, life is short and no one else’s opinion matters as long as we are happy,” she added.
“I think at first, everyone was not too sure about our relationship. But once our families got to know each other, everyone was very accepting.
“His kids were a bit weary at first about my intentions, but after I spent more time with them, we all got along so well.”
Paul has three children aged 27, 25 and 23 along with three grandchildren.
Kelsey was over the moon when romantic Paul – who has owned his own successful landscape business for 27 years – popped the question outside the Versace mansion in Miami Beach, Florida, back in 2018 while they were on holiday.
About a year later, the loved-up pair walked down the aisle in a close-knit ceremony in Utah surrounded by family and friends – who Kelsey said have been incredibly supportive.
Now the happy couple are trying for a baby of their own to complete their family.
She said: “It’s funny that I’m actually a step-grandma before I’m actually a mother.
“We call ourselves the modern family. The traditional unit isn’t as common anymore.
“We are so incredibly happy together and wouldn’t change anything for the world.”
The step-grandma is sharing her story in the hopes it will break down the stigma surrounding age gap relationships – while also proving that anyone can fall in love.
She added: “I hope one day the stigma surrounding age gap relationships will change.
“There is a misconception that younger women with older men are just after their money.
“But I have always been an independent person. I love to work and make my own money.
“I could easily survive on my own. I’m not some lost little girl with daddy issues that needs someone to take care of them.”