Mind the age gap

by Laura
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When Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher got married in 2005 it took some time before the media got over their age gap.

When Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher got married in 2005 it took some time before the media got over their age gap. She was approaching 43 and he was just 27. Surely it was never going to work?

Time went on, the couple stayed together and the age gap seemed to be forgotten. Until recently that is, when it was reported that Ashton, now 33, has been cheating on his soon-to-be 49-year-old wife. Oh dear.

The media focused immediately on their age gap, claiming the young and virile Ashton had become bored of his older wife and had decided to run off and get his kicks elsewhere. With a 23-year-old blonde to be precise.

It begs the question, were they doomed from the beginning because Demi was almost 15 years Ashton's senior? Or does their age gap have nothing to do with it? Infidelity happens in all kinds of relationships, right?

According to James Preece, the self-styled Dating Guru, the average marriage is between a couple who have around a three and six year age difference.

However, he insisted that bigger age gaps can and do work, as long as both parties are prepared to discuss their differences and make compromises.

"For example the older one might be ready to settle down but the younger person has still got life goals to fulfil first. As long as everyone is on the same page right from the start then there is no reason not to have a happy relationship," he said.

A recent poll by YouGov revealed that age gap dating has become much more socially acceptable in the UK, with almost six in ten people believing it's acceptable to be involved with someone ten years younger than themselves.

What's more, it seems us Nifties are content with a much larger age gap than our 20-something counterparts, suggesting that for many of us, having fun in our relationships is more important than settling down.

For those of us who are newly divorced, this could be our main aim. Why find another partner who wants to get married and build a home together? We've done that already! And kids are out of the question.

After all, to recite the usual cliches, age is just as number and you're only as young as you feel. Cheesy, but true, provided you pack all that baggage away at the back of the closet and set your priorities from day one.

It's worked for Catherine Zeta Jones and Michael Douglas. Or is that because it's the man who's the older one in that relationship? I guess that's a whole other kettle of fish…

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