‘I met my hubby at 19 when he was 27 – Love Island’s Davide and Gemma might surprise you’
9th June 2022

It’s early days in the Love Island villa, and as we all know from previous series a lot can change quickly!

Right now – couple Gemma Owen and Davide Sanclimenti are exploring a possible connection between them. However, not everybody is supportive of the pairing due to their age gap – Gemma is 19, while Davide is 27.

One viewer tweeted, “All I can think about every time Gemma and Davide talk is the age gap and it’s hurting me”. Luckily others have been all for it though, with one person writing, “I don't think the age gap is a problem – eight years is not a big deal.”

Michelle Darlow, now 36, is also in the latter camp. The OK! Fashion, Beauty and Shoots Director met her future husband Chef Geoff at 19, when he was 27 – the exact same ages as Gemma and Davide!

“The reaction to Gemma and Davide’s age gap seems quite extreme. If two people like each other and they’re both adults I really don’t see what the problem is,” says Michelle.

“If they do form a relationship and have to deal with the criticism my advice would be to ignore it. They should remember that trying to find a person to navigate life with doesn’t come down to age, it’s about connection, love and respect.

I met my husband at a wedding in Jamaica where he was Best Man. We were drawn to each other and so we'd sit next to each other for meals during the week-long celebration. He was the nicest person and being around him was easy. I fancied him so much that I would get goosebumps! By the end we were holding hands under the table and kissing in the swimming pool.

Our ages were not something I remember discussing in any detail. It wasn’t a concern – I always joke with Geoff now that it’s because women are more mature and men aren’t, so we met in the middle.

When we got back home, we had the most fun summer – we even went to Ibiza together.

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I was at university and working at magazines for free to gain experience, while he was in full time work with two children.

Our lives were at different stages, but it never felt that way. It all felt very natural and like we just slotted into each other’s worlds.

He’d come up to Derby where I was ay university and stay at my house share where he'd join me and my friends on nights out. While every other weekend I’d help him when he had his children who were five and four at the time.

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When my family met him they weren't bothered about our age difference, they just wanted to know that I was happy and he was treating me well.

Some friends thought it was a big deal that he was older with children. I’d always been an independent person who did what I wanted to do so I rose above any comments.

I’ve never felt like I’ve missed out on any youth experiences because I did what I wanted to do, and he was always my number one supporter. He has never held me back, actually he's pushed me forward. I knew from early on that he was my soulmate!

We never rushed anything just because he was older. We didn’t get married until I was 27 after he popped the question two years earlier in a cottage room attached to our favourite restaurant.

We now have two beautiful children together – Bonnie, seven, and Arthur, five, and have a very happy life. Our age gap never mattered before, and it certainly doesn't today.”

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