I’m not sure if it’s trendy to date someone with a large age gap but I certainly seem to be seeing a lot more of it.
Kris Jenner 61, has split from her boyfriend Corey Gamble 36. Jodhi Meares, 46, has separated too from second husband Nicholas Tsindos, 29. And my favourite, the ‘world’s oldest fiancee, Valdemira Rodrigues has become engaged at the age of 106 to her 66-year-old toyboy, after they fell in love at first sight at a Brazilian retirement home.
So what is the ideal age gap? And should you be dating older or younger? Surprisingly, science has a lot to say on this.
According to a study from Emory University in the US, couples with a one-year age difference between them have just a three per cent chance of divorcing.
Compare that to an 18 per cent chance of divorce for a five year age gap, 39 per cent for a 10 year age gap, and a whopping 95 per cent for a 20 year age gap. After analysing 3000 couples, the researchers ultimately found the larger the age gap between a couple, the more likely they are to get a divorce.
I don’t think anyone would be surprised by the results of this study, but I wanted to know why? Does a large age gap cause problems with money, career, social life, personal tastes, wanting kids, all of the above? How does the age gap impact people in the real world?