I’m 78, he’s 39 but the age gap doesn’t affect things in the bedroom!

You take love where you find it right?


  • Divorced grandmother, Edna Martin, said  it was ‘love at first sight’ when she met husband Simon
  • She was nearly 70 at the time and he was  30
  • He said age gap doesn’t affect their sex  life as they’re ‘at it like rabbits’
  • Joan Lloyd, 68, has a toy boy in partner  Phil, 29
  • They met via Facebook
  • She said: ‘I love him to bits and we get  on so well’
  • But she once felt insecure about him  leaving her for younger woman
  • Edna worried Simon would regret not being  able to have children with her

By Lucy Waterlow

Edna Martin is 78 year old pensioner who  loves knitting, organ music – and a toy boy half her age.

The divorced grandmother from  Weston-super-Mare met husband Simon, 39, through their shared passion for organ  music and they both agree it was ‘love at first sight’.

The couple have made headlines around the  world due to their 39 year age gap and now they are sharing their story in a new  Channel 5 documentary.

39 year age gap: Edna and Simon Martin couldn't be happier

Edna’s children are all older than Simon, who  was a 30-year-old who had never kissed a girl and was still living with his  parents in Birmingham when they first met.

He admits: ‘I did like ladies but I hadn’t  had any success in any way.’

 That all changed when he met Edna, who was  nearly 70 at the time. They snuck off from an organ recital to share their first  kiss under the pier and have been inseparable ever since.

‘I can’t imagine being without Simon, he’s  the first thing I see in the morning and the last thing I see at night,’ Edna  said.

Edna admitted their age gap ‘doesn’t affect  things in the bedroom’, while Simon jokes they are ‘at it like rabbits.’ He  added: ‘You have to have a sense of humour about sex as it’s a ridiculous thing  anyway.’

Toy boy: Joan, 68, and Phil, 29, met through Facebook
Toy boy: Joan, 68, and Phil, 29, met through  Facebook

But despite their active sex life, there will  never be children. Something that Edna feared could have kept them  apart.

‘I told him to leave me because it would mean  he couldn’t have children – but thank god he didn’t,’ she said.

Edna needs a walking aid to get around and  she said her lack of mobility can be frustrating. But Simon says it doesn’t  bother him and he doesn’t notice the physical differences in their ages, nor  worries that he could face decades without his true love.

He explains: ‘I have physically disabilities  which mean my body has aged faster than someone else my age. So I will probably  have a shorter life span. We’ll just keep going as long as we can.’

While their union may be unusual, it is not  unique, as the Channel 5 documentary also shares the story  of pensioner Joan Lloyd, 68, who has had  a relationship with Phil Absolom, 29 for  the past 18 months.

‘I wanted to be with  someone who make me laugh and didn’t make me feel like I’m  older’

The couple live together in Abergele, North  Wales, after meeting via Facebook.

Joan had been married to her husband, David,  for 50 years and they had four children together. When he died of cancer four  years ago, he made her  promise to keep living her life to the full and not  become a lonely  widow.

She explains: ‘On his death bed he told me to  get new boobs and a lovely toy boy. He told me, “I’ll  be looking down on you  smiling, saying good for you Joan”. He made me  write it down in front of him  and sign it.’

Joan fulfilled her husband’s dying wishes by  getting a breast enlargement and went online to seek a new man.

She said: ‘I get on with young people so I  wanted a toy boy. I was going for someone who would make me laugh and not make  me feel like I’m older. I went on Facebook and got 700 messages from guys but  they weren’t what I wanted.’

However, she was then contacted by  Phil.

He said: ‘When I first saw picture I was  attracted to her so I sent her a message and it started from there.’

Joan said Phil helps her feel young
In love: Both pensioners say being with a younger man  makes them feel young and happy

Joan said: ‘I thought, he’s gorgeous, I  wouldn’t mind him.’

The couple went on a date and hit it off  instantly.

‘My legs were like jelly I thought, “he’s the  one I’m having,”‘ Joan recalls.

Now she says they can’t keep their hands off  each other. ‘We  do a lot of kissing and cuddling. I do like having sex with him and he does as  much as he can,’ she said. ‘I love him to  bits and we get on so well.’

Joan said she likes to try and stay young for  Phil by exercising daily and using sunbeds as she believes a tan gives her a  youthful look.

She also likes to dress in ‘sexy style  clothes’. She explains: ‘I like young stuff. People will say  you are too old to  wear something like that leave it to the younger  people but that’s not how I  feel. I don’t want to look like mutton  dressed as lamb but if I can dress young  and it looks nice I’m me, I’ll  buy it.’

The pensioner admits her desire to hold back  the years is part insecurity over Phil leaving her for a younger woman,  particularly if he wants to start a family.

‘I liked her  straight away but I was only 16, she was 45 I never  thought in a million years  that was going to happen’

But he assured her: ‘It costs half a million  to bring up a kid today. Think what I could do with that.’

She also found reassurance from his mother  who was surprisingly content about her son dating a woman more than twice his  age.

‘I was insecure I kept thinking he would  leave me. But I spoke to his mum and she told me she had never seen him so much  in love and that I  shouldn’t worry,’ Joan said.

Phil added that his mother is happy he found  Joan as he needs constant support because he has epilepsy.

Caused controversy: Marilyn first met husband William when he was 16 and she was 45

Caused controversy: Marilyn first met husband William  when he was 16 and she was 45

He said: ‘My previous relationship  with  girls my own age were terrible because they said they could handle  my epilepsy  but deep down they couldn’t. They would panic if I had a bad fit. If I haven’t  met someone like Joan I would have been single for  the rest of my life. My mum  is glad Joan looks after me.’

But another couple featured on the show  haven’t had as much understanding from friends and family because of the  difference in their years.

Marilyn, 53, from West Sussex, met her  husband William Buttigieg, 24, when he was only 16 as he was a friend of the  family.

She was a 45-year-old mother at the time who  was struggling with the symptoms of ME.

William said: ‘I liked her straight away but  I was only 16, she was 45 I never  thought in a million years that was going to  happen.’

However, one day when William was visiting  the family he went to see Marilyn to check she was ok when she was having a lie  down because of her condition and a kiss ‘just happened.’

The pair soon became an item and Marilyn said  she had no regrets despite the shock it caused to their friends and  family.

Endured nasty comments: The couple, now aged 53 and 24, wish people would be more accepting of their relationship

Endured nasty comments: The couple, now aged 53 and 24,  wish people would be more accepting of their relationship

She said: ’16 is a legal age. Men have been  doing it for generations and getting away with it.’

She added that William was mature for his age  and not like other 16-year-olds. He has certainly had to grow up fast thanks to  the relationship which has led to him facing taunts and even once being  physically attacked.

He said: ‘Quickly  my friends all disappeared, they all turned their backs on  me. It was like  society rejected us. It was like we had a disease and  people would catch  it.’

Marilyn added: ‘People  used to shout at him “granny shagger” and make nasty comments to  me saying it’s  dirty and wrong. A few times we’ve had to call the  police. Once some men set  upon him.’

The couple – like the others featured in the  documentary – wish people would be more understanding and accepting of their  love.

‘We  are just two normal people who fell in love with each other – just with an age  gap,’ Marilyn said.

Culled from dailymail.co.uk

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