A woman says the 27-year age gap with her elderly husband makes him a 'better dad' due to his 'mature age' - despite strangers mistaking him for their baby's grandad.
Gretchen Dillon, 36, had preferred to date women before she locked eyes on Michael Dillon, 63, in her local supermarket in October 2014.
Striking up a friendship, the pair soon realised their romantic feelings for each other and started dating in May 2015.
Despite the almost three-decade age difference, Gretchen couldn't deny how she felt for Michael and the pair married in February 2018 and have now welcomed a son together - Shannon, six months.
Gretchen, doesn't let people's judgment hold her back, despite people often thinking Michael is her dad and their son's grandad.
Gretchen, a market research analyst, who lives in Syracuse, New York, said: "People often mistake my husband for my dad - but we laugh it off.
"Their perceptions quickly change when they get to know Michael and I - they can see we just make sense.
"My friend tried to stop me marrying him because she kept saying I was going to be a widow as she's nearly 30 years older than me, but I loved him and didn't care.
“I was upset when Michael and I first slept together because in my head I didn’t think I wanted to be an older man. I took some time and came to terms with it, now I’m happier than ever.”