24-year-old student reveals it was 'love at first sight' with 60-year-old boyfriend
When 24-year-old Samantha Crosby from Spokane, Washington went down to her local bar for a drink last year, she didn't expect to meet the man of her dreams. More to the point, though, she didn't expect to find out that he was two-and-a-half times her age - but that's exactly what happened.
Maxie Mills, a three-time divorcee, was performing a Fleetwood Mac cover when the 24-year-old student spotted him, and she knew instantly that she wanted to be with him.
"When I saw him playing the guitar, I knew I wanted to approach him at the end," Crosby said. "It was love at first sight."
Since then, the pair formed a relationship and have been going steady now for six months - but it hasn't been the easiest journey for either of them.
"His age freaked me out a little bit in the beginning, especially when I found out that his kids are 35 and 40," Crosby - who studies cosmetology - admitted.
"My friends used to laugh at me and tell me that I was dating a grandpa. My mom was really uncomfortable with it at first, but now everyone is used to him," she added. "It hurt my feelings a lot. In my opinion, he's the best out of everyone I've dated, but I couldn't show anyone that because they were all focusing on his age."
And the 24-year-old wasn't alone in encountering problems with the age gap.
Because she is so much younger than him, Mills didn't even realise that Crosby was romantically interested in him at first. "She was so nice to me. I didn't even think of her in a romantic sense at first. I just saw her as someone who was really kind," he said. "The age difference scared the hell out of me, but I couldn't just throw away an opportunity to be with someone this great."
Still, even though he is happy with the relationship, Mills worries about what others may think.
"She has not meshed with all of my friends yet. I'm hopeful that time will make that easier," Mills explained. "I don't have this 100 percent figured out yet, but the lack of pressure from her certainly helps."
Crosby, meanwhile, is more concerned about the future of their relationship.
"I worry about it sometimes. Part of me is okay with it, but part of me is not," she said, referencing the fact that Mills has already been married and had kids (a 35 and 40-year-old), but Crosby is yet to achieve those goals.
Despite all this, the young woman still maintains that what she's got with the 60-year-old is "the best relationship she's ever had". The pair both share many common interests, such as hiking and kayaking, and Mills' seniority means he's in a relatively good position to take care of Crosby.
"He is stable both financially and emotionally and he treats me well," she said.
Mills added: "She is 24 and acts it. I am 60 and act it. We allow each other to act our own age."
No matter what other people may say, then, it appears that these two are pretty happy with one another. Of course, that doesn't mean they won't get a lot of strange looks on the street - but it's a small price to pay for a good relationship.