A couple who get mistaken for being father and daughter claim the hateful comments about their relationship make them “stronger”.
Sinead Warnes, 26, met Daniel Long, 42, last year, saying it was “love at first sight” despite being a “bit wary” of their 16-year age gap.
The support worker said she is always bombarded with hateful comments about their age difference online.
The mum-of-two has been asked if Daniel is her dad or granddad, and she has been accused of being a gold digger.
However, the couple is not bothered about the comments or stares they get in public.
Sinead hopes to “normalise” being in a relationship with a significant age gap by sharing videos of her and Daniel on TikTok – and she has received more than 161,000 followers and likes.
Sinead, from Cambridge, said: “I find him very attractive, and our personalities click very well together – neither of us cares about the hate that we get on our age gap – if anything we thrive off it because it’s just funny.
She added: “I think it just makes us stronger because it doesn’t bother us, it makes us laugh. We get so much more support than hate, it’s just funny and it doesn’t bother me one bit.”
Sinead and Daniel met in March 2020 while she was painting her fence, and he offered to help.
They stopped talking, but reconnected and starting dating this January.
Sinead said: “It’s so much less stressful than dating younger men – he’s very ‘been there done that’ and wants to just settle down, and I’ve always been like that.
“He’s very grounded and he goes to work every day, a lot of younger men don’t seem to do that.”
Sinead said the first video she shared on TikTok about their age gap amassed nearly a million views.
She now regularly shares content about her relationship in hopes of showing others “it is a normal thing”.
She also says people privately message her on social media asking for advice.
She added: “I just say ‘if you want to be with them, don’t worry about what anybody says’.”