I met The One but his family won't accept me being 14 years older than him

DEAR DEIDRE: I AM sure I’ve met The One but the issue is his family – they refuse to accept our 14-year age gap.

I’m a 41-year-old woman, he is 27 and we met in a club in Manchester.

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At first, I was worried about the age gap too.

But we are both at the same stage in life, ready to settle down and start a family of our own. But there is no convincing his family.

The main problem is his sister. She is vicious and will say anything trying to convince him to leave.

Last week I saw one of her text messages, which said: “She’ll die decades before you, and then what will you do?”

She doesn’t know me and has no intention of meeting me, so she will never get to see that I am a good, loving person.

I don’t want to lose him but I also don’t want to be the cause of a family rift.

DEIDRE SAYS: Your partner’s family have good intentions – they just want to protect him.

Unfortunately, that is coming across in the wrong way. While it is difficult to continue being civil, do keep making an effort.

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Hopefully, in time his sister will realise that you are serious about each other and that you make her brother happy.

This may be taking a toll on your partner too, so be supportive and avoid bad-mouthing his family. That would only push him away.

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