Age differences while dating

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People say “age is just a number” all the time, but do they practice what they preach? Age signifies so much more than just a number: it can reflect your maturity, your stage in life, and your experience. Not every 21-year-old is on the same playing field--some are already gearing up for the ninth inning while others are just jumping into the dating game.

As far as relationships go, it can get complicated.

I didn’t think much of it at first, but once I got speaking to him, I really fell for him,” said Michelle of Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire.

She went on: “He’s really funny and doesn’t act his age at all.“My teenage crush all those years ago is now my husband.

By age 31, the commonly accepted age range difference can vary between anywhere from those aged 22 or 23 to those in their mid-40s. But, each year as we (hopefully) become another year wiser, we become more secure in ourselves and much more stable in our personalities.

He might be an older model but I wouldn’t trade him in for the world.”Michelle and Kenny’s generation-spanning romance began back in 2006, when they met at the pub he managed.

With only a small handful of boyfriends to date, she wasn’t looking for anything serious.

We were in the same circle of friends, so they were all very happy for us." While other couples are given the benefit of the doubt, and any problems they might face are assumed to be the cause of extenuating circumstances, if you're in a relationship with an age gap that courtesy isn't extended to you.

Denise Knowles, a relationship counsellor for Relate, says the couples themselves will often assume this as well: "Couples will come to me and say they're having problems and I'll say, 'OK, let's talk about it as two people.

Younes Bendjima is an Algerian born model that has walked for the world's biggest fashion labels - we're talking Hermés, Burberry and Ralph Lauren.

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