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A grandmother-of-one whose fiancé is 39 years younger than her has ditched her friends after they disapproved of the relationship.
Pam Shasteen, 60, was devastated when her best friends labelled partner Jonathan Langevin, 21, ‘young enough to be her grandson’ and told Pam she needed therapy.
Since then, the loved-up couple, from Tulsa, Oklahoma has refused to let comments affect them, and insist age is just a number.
The couple met in 2018 after counsellor Pam received a message from Jonathan, a computer engineering student, on dating app Badoo.
Pam, who has daughters in their 30s, thought Jonathan was 21 when they started chatting but he revealed he was actually 19.
But he told her he liked older women and she had also dated younger men in the past.
A week later, Jonathan, from Minnesota, travelled across the country to meet Pam.
Pam said: ‘He told me he was actually 19.
‘I stressed that I was too old for him as I had two daughters in their 30s and I was a grandmother.
‘But thankfully, Jonathan admitted he’d always wanted to be with an older woman.
‘I still can’t believe my friends of over 30 years couldn’t be happy for me just because Jonathan is 21.
‘Jonathan is the love of my life and I don’t care what anyone thinks.’
As Jonathan, whose mum is younger than Pam, lived 900 miles away, the pair video-chatted every day.
When they first met, they say they ran towards each other and kissed passionately, realising it was love at first sight.
That day, while the pair were out sightseeing, they received dirty looks from strangers.
Pam said: ‘I heard one woman tell her friend that we looked disgusting and we shouldn’t be together.
‘It really upset me. Every person we walked past gave us a horrible look.
‘Thankfully, Jonathan didn’t mind and when we got home, we laughed it off.’
The date went so well, Jonathan decided to stay over.
Pam added: ‘We made love and it was just wonderful. There was very little sleeping done that night.
‘Jonathan may have been decades younger than me but he wasn’t inexperienced. He knew exactly what he was doing.
‘During the next few nights, we were all over each other. Jonathan was amazing. I felt myself falling for him already.’
A week later, the pair admitted to being in love and Jonathan agreed to move in with Pam.
The following day, Pam invited her daughters over to meet her new boyfriend.
‘Before they arrived I texted them “Just a heads up, he’s 19 and he’s moved in with me”,’ Pam explained.
‘As my daughters and I watched Jonathan play around the house with my six-year-old granddaughter, they admitted they liked him.
‘I was relieved to have their blessing.’
Soon after, Jonathan broke the news to his parents, and three months later, Jonathan proposed to Pam who was delighted and said yes.
The couple then travelled to Minnesota to talk to Jonathan’s parents.
Pam continued: ‘As I was older than his mum, my stomach was in knots on the way there.
‘But when I arrived she welcomed me with open arms and laughed about Jonathan finally finding a mature lady.
‘They said they knew Jonathan always had a thing for older women so they weren’t surprised.
‘I was over the moon. I knew it was fast, but I was turning 60 soon and I knew life was for living.
‘I’d been waiting all my life to meet my soul mate and he was right in front of me.
‘Although I lost some friends on the way, I’m the happiest I’ve ever been.’
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