I married my wife when I was 17 and she was 71 – we've been together seven years but people still ask the same question | The Sun

I married my wife when I was 17 and she was 71 – we've been together seven years but people still ask the same question | The Sun

August 2, 2022

 A MAN who found love with a gran 53 years his senior has told how they've been together seven years but people still always ask the same question.

Gary Hardwick tied the knot with Amelda in 2015, two weeks after meeting at her son Robert’s funeral.

At the time Gary was 17 and had recently split up with a 77-year-old and Almeda was 71 – but the happy couple have recently celebrated six years being married.

In a TikTok video from their shared account, the responds to a comment from a social media user who asked: "But you're not going to live a full life together?"

In the clip, Gary replies: "You know, over our six years on social media and seven years we've been together, we've go this question a lot."

The way I've always handled this comment or question so to speak is none of us are promised tomorrow."


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Age doesn't define anything. Age doesn't define death."

"I have multiple friends that I have unfortunately lost who have passed away that are the same age as me."

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He continues: "There are tragic accidents that unfortunately unfold every day."

There's health problems that people have – it doesn't find you at age."

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"If you're very fortunate enough to find your soulmate and the person you're supposed to be with regardless of any age difference, embrace that and make memories every single day together."

Gary goes on to say that life isn't about having a full life, it's about having a "memorable, happy life."

He adds: "What's right for some peoplemight not be right for others."

"I do get your perspective of what you're speaking of and what you commented however, it's just that we choose not to look at it in that perspective because we don't think about it that way."

I'd rather be with the person that I'm meant to be with, that i'm genuinely happy with, my soulmate, then be miserable for the rest of my life and regret the decision not to choose happiness."

"So just don't forget to choose happiness guys, whatever makes you happy."

Gary concludes; "We only live once and life is so so short not to be happy."

"Don't dwell on the future, what happens is the now. The choices you make today are more important than the decisions you might make in two, three, five, 10 years from now."

Be happy in the moment, live your life and focus on the now because if you focus on the future you're going to drive yourself crazy."

"Live like today's your last day."

The post has since been viewed 55,000 times and been inundated with messages of support.

"Quality. Not quantity," one person agreed.

A second commented: "Age doesn't matter!!!! love is love. Proud of you man."

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A third penned: "You're living your best life. tomorrow isn't promised."

Meanwhile, another added: "VERY WELL SAID my friend."

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