By Lucy Notarantonio
A married couple – with 32 years between them – have slammed rude strangers for assuming they’re father and daughter.
Chelsea Maynard, 22, claims she has been handed children’s menus in restaurants when she dines with her husband, Bruce, 52, and is often stared at by members of the public.
But defiant Chelsea says they’re happier than ever after first meeting in a coffee shop in their hometown of Tennessee, USA.
Bruce, a retired car dealer, offered his recommendations on coffee and the pair hit it off from there – they have been inseparable ever since they met in 2017.
The couple tied the knot eight months after Chelsea’s 21st birthday and are hoping to show others why age gap relationships do work.
She said: “Waitresses have thought I’m Bruce’s daughter and I feel as though I’ve been purposely given me a child’s menu.
“We have walked into restaurants before and walked straight out because as soon as we walked in every head turned our way.
“I have always been told it is ‘super sweet’ that I still take my grandpa out to eat.
“We don’t care what anyone thinks – I feel like the luckiest girl in the world for meeting Bruce in a random Viking coffee shop.
“I couldn’t understand the menu so Bruce came over to help me with what coffee I should order, I then sat with him and we connected straight away.
“Before I knew it, an hour and a half had passed, I called in sick to my previous job as a cashier as I didn’t want to leave.
“I find boys my age so immature and with Bruce, it was easy, we are both car enthusiasts and have a love for travelling and animals.
“It has been two years and we have not argued once; we are in sync and our communication is nothing like I have ever experienced before.
“My family are very open-minded and they haven’t got a problem with us, but it is people in the street or our town who stare and make comments.”
The couple have a love for Sphynx cats which inspired them to start their own cattery to increase the population of hairless cats.
Bruce said: “I never thought someone Chelsea’s age would be able to interested in me nor be able to converse with me.
“Chelsea left me feeling intrigued after our coffee – she has an old soul.
“Most men my age are still working and retire when they are old, I have never wanted to live like that.
“Even my friends are in their thirties, men my age are boring – Chelsea and I love an adventure and to travel.
“People always stare in the street but I know deep down they are thinking ‘what a lucky guy’ and they are right, I am.
“She is a beautiful young lady with intelligence who keeps me young.”