Teen found love with a 72-year-old gran after meeting her in a pizza restaurant.

Gary Hardwick, 19, has been married to wife Almeda for two years, having popped the question after two weeks of dating.

He told The Sun 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.

“The first thing that attracted me to Almeda was her beautiful, gorgeous blue eyes. And her personality,” Gary said.

“She’s always full of laughter and we just connected so well. The chemistry was great.

“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.”

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  • Each to their own I guess.


  • Its a bit yucky but hey, if they are happy, that is the main thing.


  • Well clearly he doesn’t want to have kids. It makes me wonder if something has happened in his life to mess him up a little. I have no problem with age differences in couples, but this seems to be taking it too far. I think he’s going to wake up one day and have a lot of regrets, or maybe he’s searching for that big payout.


  • If it works for them great but I would be lying if I said they look good together. She could be his grandmother, a bit icky.


  • She looks a young looking 72 year old, and if they are happy, why not? This union has lasted longer than many unions do.


  • It may seem like a big age difference but they’ve lasted 2 years and are still happy. (That’s longer than some marriages have been.) If they’re happy it’s no-one else’s business.


  • Married at 17 seems so young regardless of the age gap. Good luck to them as with anyone with a marriage.

    • They live in a terrific part of the world.


  • A big age gap, but if they’re happy, it’s their business.


  • Wow, that’s a big age gap. Hope they stay happy for a long time !


  • That is a huge age gap! But, good luck to them!


  • This is interesting. Having dealt in the area of Probate it does make me think whether he is after her money but we do not know much at all about their situations or them as people. Hey, she may not have money anyway! So good on them if they are truly in love…


  • Not sure either. She could be his grandmother. The difference in age is very big here.


  • Sorry. Ew. Not just cos she’s old and he isn’t. It’s still ew with that big an age gap with a young woman and old man.


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