A COUPLE with a 22-year age gap claim they love it when strangers stare at them.
Katie Robinson, 23, lost her dad two months before meeting 45-year-old Chris Hodson on a dating app.
The NHS worker, from Nottingham, initially planned on having a one-night stand before falling in love with Chris.
Neither of them were looking for a relationship, but after two months they moved in together.
And Katie, who says they “love it” when people stare at them, feels that their age gap love couldn’t be stronger.
“We were only ever going to meet up to have a one-night stand”
She said: “We started talking on a dating site and we were only ever going to meet up to have a one-night stand.
“I had not long got out of a five-year relationship with a guy my age, so I just wanted to have some fun.
“I met him at a hotel, and we did the complete opposite – we got on really well and sat up talking until 4am.
“This was both our first times meeting someone who wasn’t the same age as ourselves, but it was like we had known each other forever.
“People tend to stare but we actually love it, we find it hilarious that people have nothing better to do.”
The pair, who have plans to go travelling, hope to get married one day and start a family of their own.
Chris explained: “Initially, I was nervous but flattered that a girl who is half my age had shown an interest in me.
“Before meeting I thought we would never see each other again. But after a few hours of getting to know each other, I started getting butterflies and a desire to see Katie again.
“I fell in love with her quickly, and even three years on I still get the same excited feeling when I am on my way home from work.
“Katie had lost her father about two months before we met, and this meant I have also assumed a father figure rôle alongside being a partner.
“This dual role has made our bond very strong and people have difficulty understanding but to be honest, I wouldn’t understand until I experienced it myself.”