Controversy erupts as a grandmother faces online criticism for marrying a 25-year-old man, with their significant age gap drawing attention and sparking discussions on social media.
A Significant Age Difference
Cheryl McGregor, a 62-year-old grandmother from Georgia, has found herself at the center of online criticism after marrying her 25-year-old husband, Quran McCain.
The couple, known for frequently sharing intimate details of their relationship online, often face hate and scrutiny due to their significant 37-year age difference.
Video of Her Makeup Transformation
Recently, Cheryl faced backlash on her own when she uploaded a makeup transformation video to her Instagram account, @therealoliver6060. The video starts with Cheryl looking casual, with her hair in a bun and wearing a scruffy T-shirt.
“Trust I Snatch His Soul”
Within seconds, she waves her hand to the camera and reappears with curled hair, makeup, and a red plunging top, showcasing a more glamorous look.
Her caption, “Trust I snatch his soul,” presumably refers to her husband Quran.
Viewers Criticized Her Appearance
Social media users criticized Cheryl’s attempt to appear younger, with comments urging her to “act her age” and questioning the appropriateness of her transformation.
Some Compared Her to the Grim Reaper
While some took a light-hearted approach, others made harsh remarks, comparing her to the Grim Reaper or suggesting that she was risking injury due to her age.
Other Say to Ignore Haters
However, amidst the criticism, Cheryl also received support from her followers. Some defended her, advising her to ignore the haters and praising her appearance, urging her to stay confident and beautiful.
Average Age Gap in Couples
While age disparities in relationships may raise eyebrows, they are more common than one might think.
According to Psycom, the average age gap between heterosexual couples in the US is approximately 2.3 years, and many couples thrive with a significantly wider age difference.
They’re in the 1% Category
In Western countries, around 8% of male-female couples have an age gap of 10 years or more, and an even smaller percentage, roughly 1%, have a difference of 28 years or more.
Women Are More Interested in Younger Men
This trend has been observed on internet dating websites as well, with Match reporting that over 80% of women express interest in dating younger men (defined as a decade or more younger), while 90% of men are open to dating someone 10 years older.
They’re Relationship Blossomed
Cheryl and Quran’s relationship began in 2012 when Quran was just 15 and working at a fast-food restaurant managed by Cheryl’s son.
Although their romantic connection developed later, they lost touch for a while and reconnected in November 2020 when Quran saw Cheryl working as a cashier at a convenience store.
They Felt a Strong Connection
Despite the significant age gap and being younger than one of Cheryl’s own children, the couple felt a strong connection on various levels.
They Officially Became a Couple
Their relationship blossomed after reconnecting, and they began posting videos on TikTok, further strengthening their bond. Last April, they officially became a couple.
A Proposal With a $3,000 Engagement Ring
Their relationship progressed rapidly, leading to Quran proposing with a $3,000 engagement ring at an Olive Garden restaurant in July 2021. Cheryl was taken by surprise but felt special and cherished the moment.
They Want to Have Kids Now
Currently, the couple is actively searching for a surrogate to start a family, showcasing their commitment to building a life together.
They Remain Undeterred
While Cheryl and Quran’s relationship continues to generate controversy and mixed reactions online, they remain focused on their love and connection, undeterred by the judgment they face.
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