A TEENAGER found love with a 72-year-old gran after meeting her in a pizza restaurant – despite being younger than one of her grandchildren.
Gary Hardwick, 19, has been married to pensioner Almeda for two years, having popped the question after two weeks of dating.
Barcroft Media Gary Hardwick said it was love at first sight for him and Almeda
He told how, aged 17, he’d just come out of an unhappy relationship with a 77-year-old when he locked eyes with gran-of-six Almeda – and said it was love at first sight.
Now the couple, who live in Maryville, Tennessee, are happier than ever.
Gary explained: “The first thing that attracted me to Almeda was her beautiful, gorgeous blue eyes. And her personality.
“She’s always full of laughter and we just connected so well. The chemistry was great.
Barcroft Media Gary, pictured with Almeda and some of her grandchildren in the park, is younger than her eldest grandchild
“Everything about her has just captured my heart since day one.”
Almeda added: “If you love somebody, age is just a number. I’ve now been happily married going on two years with my true soulmate.
“We met at Chuck E Cheese, there was a birthday party there. I looked into his eyes and I just fell in love.
“I knew he was the one I wanted to spend my life with. I was never intimidated by the age at all.”
Despite the staggering 53-year age gap, Gary and Almeda have similar interests and hobbies.
“I never feel as though I’m missing out on anything by being married to Almeda,” Gary said.
“I’m really mature for my age, I do not fit into the young age bracket at all.
Barcroft Media Despite the staggering difference in age, Gary and Almeda have similar interests and hobbies
“I’ve never been attracted to younger women. Even when I was 13 or 14, I’ve always had an attraction for older women and when I told my grandmother, who raised me, I didn’t know how she would take it. But she accepted us.
“A lot of people wait years to get married and everyone has different opinions on getting married quickly. But we knew we were in love, so I jumped on that.
“The first time we made love was on our wedding night. It was an amazing experience. There was such a deep connection there. She’s a wonderful lover.”
The happy couple are more than aware that a lot of people disagree with the nature of their relationship – and that includes Almeda’s son, who hasn’t spoken to her since the day she met Gary.
Aaron and Indiana Elliott, Almeda’s grandchildren, also found it difficult to accept their relationship in the early stages – particularly 22-year-old Aaron, who is three years older than his step-granddad.
Aaron said: “I only called him Grandfather once and it was when I was drunk.
Barcroft Media The happy couple are more than aware that a lot of people disagree with the nature of their relationship
“In my head, I see him as a friend more than a grandfather. But you know, our grandmother is happy.”
Indiana, 17, added: “And how can you not be supportive about that?
“For me personally, whenever they first got together it was a little bit weird. But, I mean, we live in the 21st century and those things really shouldn’t matter.
“My mum on the other hand is very outspoken, because there’s an age difference between him and my mum too, so it’s a little weird to see your mother walking around with someone the same age as your own kids.”
One of Gary and Almeda’s passions is YouTube. They run their own channel, which has 49,000 subscribers, with their love being the focus of most videos.
Barcroft Media Gary popped the question to Almeda just two weeks after they started dating
More recently they have introduced merchandise to sell to their “fans”, with pens and mugs that have their faces on.
Gary said: “We do vlogs, reaction videos and pranks. And as far as I know, we are the biggest age gap couple that are YouTubers.”
Almeda is confident that she will be with Gary for the rest of her life – while her husband wants to continue to spread the message that age is just a number.
Gary said: “What does the future hold for Gary and Almeda? I believe amazing things.
“We want to pursue our dreams on YouTube and be able to inspire more and more people every day that age is just a number – it should not matter.
Barcroft Media The couple have thousands of followers on their YouTube channel
Who Are Meghan Markle’s Siblings? The Lowdown On Samantha Grant And Thomas Markle Jr
MEGHAN Markle is set to marry Prince Harry on May 19 in Windsor Castle.
Everyone knows about Harry’s famous royal family, but who are Meghan’s siblings? Here’s the lowdown.
Samantha Grant appeared on Good Morning Britain to speak about Meghan’s engagement
Who are Meghan’s siblings?
Through her father’s side, Meghan has two older half-siblings – Thomas Markle Jr. and Samantha Grant.
Her parents, Thomas Markle Sr. and Doria Loyce Ragland divorced when she was six-years-old, and the siblings are from her father’s previous marriage to Roslyn Markle.
Neither parent has remarried since.
Who is Samantha Grant?
Samantha, 53, is Meghan’s oldest sibling, and has been the most opinionated out of the siblings regarding the upcoming wedding.
She lives in Florida, has three children, and has used a wheelchair since 2008, when she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
In November 2016, after Meghan and Harry’s romance became public, she said: “Her behaviour is certainly not befitting of a royal family member.”
She is planning to release a book entitled The Diary of Princess Pushy’s Sister, and has tweeted numerous times about it, saying that it will include details of their “home life” and “photographs never seen before.”
She is said to have publicly laid into Meghan on twitter after claiming not to have received an invite.
Samantha accused the royal couple of inviting “complete strangers” to their wedding, after it was revealed 1,200 members of the public were given invitations.
But she claims “no one” from the Markle clan made the coveted guest list.
Splash News Thomas Markle Jr. lives in Oregon with his girlfriend
Who is Thomas Markle Jr.?
Thomas, 51, shared his name with Meghan’s father, who was a lighting director in Hollywood.
He was 14-years-old when Meghan was born, and lived with his father, step-mother (Doria), Samantha during Meghan’s early years.
Thomas works as a window fitter and lives in Grant’s Pass, Oregon with his partner Darlene Blout, 37, and has two sons that live nearby.
His ex-wife, Tracy Dooley has said that he struggled with alcohol issues during their 11 year marriage.
What Are Steroids, Are They Addictive, Are They Legal In The Uk, Why Do They Make You Fat And What Are They Used For?
STEROIDS are anti-inflammatory medicines that can treat allergies, eczema, muscle pain, inflammatory bowel disease, and lupus.
But how do they work and what are the side effects? Here’s the lowdown.
Alamy Steroids can be taken as tablets
What are steroids and what are they used for?
Steroid tablets are an anti-inflammatory medication, which can treat a number of conditions.
They are made up of hormones normally produced by two glands above your kidneys (adrenal glands), which reduce redness and swelling.
This helps with inflammatory conditions, such as eczema, allergies such as asthma, and inflammatory bowel disease.
They also affect the immune system by reducing the body’s natural defence against illness.
Conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus are caused by the immune system wrongly attacking the body, so can be treated by steroids.
These steroids are not to be confused with anabolic steroids – the ones people use to improve performance and increase muscle mass.
Getty – Contributor They help with inflammatory conditions, such as inflammatory bowel disease
How can you take them?
They can come in many forms, including:
Tablets, syrups, and liquids Inhalers or nasal sprays Injections Creams, gels, or lotions
Getty – Contributor 35-year-old Dynamo has taken steroids to battle Crohn’s disease
Are they legal in the UK and what are their side effects?
Steroids tablets are available on prescription, and you should always follow the doctor’s instructions.
The higher the dose, the more likely you are to have side effects, and according to the NHS, these include:
Indigestion or heartburn Increased appetite (which may cause weight gain) Trouble sleeping Mood changes, such as feeling more anxious or irritable Increased risk of infections such as measles or shingles High blood sugar or diabetes Bone weakening High blood pressure Cushing’s syndrome (think skin that bruises easily, stretch marks, fat deposits on face) Eye conditions such as cataracts Mental health problems
Anabolic steroids, the type that bodybuilders use, are addictive, but anti-inflammatory steroids are not.
Can You Break A Man’s Penis During Sex? The Positions Most Likely To Cause A Penile Fracture Revealed
WHILE many think breaking your penis is an urban legend, it CAN actually happen in real life.
And apparently, there are certain positions that increase the likelihood of intimate breakage, according to research. Here’s what you need to know…
Getty – Contributor Men should be careful in THIS position
Can you really break a man’s penis during sex?
If you’re too vigorous in the bedroom department, you could face penis breakage.
This usually occurs when a man’s member slips out during sex and is violently bent.
Other intimate injuries can also occur – including the tearing of the foreskin.
Apologies if you’re crossing your legs right now.
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