- An Mzansi couple has revealed their 41-year age difference
- The married couple say they don't care what people think
- They insist that what they have is genuine love
Although there is 41 years between them, married couple JP and Ria are in love and don’t care what people think.
Their massive age gap does cause commotion around them. Passersby in the Free State town of Hennenman do a double-take, motorists’ heads turn and pedestrians do whisper. But Ria (71) and JP Moritz (30) couldn’t care less.
Ria says that their love is genuine and blind to age. She adds that when they went to Home Affairs to get their marriage certificate, even the attendant couldn't hide her surprise.
“I asked her, ‘What’s wrong? Are you jealous? Do you also want a piece? Well, you can’t – he’s mine!’”
When JP was born, Ria was a 40-year old married mom of four. Today he’s in the prime of his life, working on a farm outside town, while Ria is a housewife and proud great-grandmother.
The couple got married 20 months ago and are more in love than ever.
“I always knew I’d marry an older woman. My mom thought so too."
He gets along well with Ria's children and says that he is more of a brother than a father to them. Ria’s youngest daughter is 38, a full eight years older than her mom’s new husband.
It was JP who initiated contact with Ria two years ago after sending her a Facebook request.
“A girlfriend didn’t feature on his Facebook page, so I sent him a message asking why a goodlooking young guy like him didn’t have someone special in his life,” said Ria.
It wasn’t long before they’d exchanged phone numbers and began chatting on WhatsApp. And two short weeks later Ria made her move. She invited him for a weekend away in Parys.
“I told him he didn’t know what he was letting himself in for. He’ll never have children with me, for starters. Our time is limited. He’ll be alive long after I’ve gone to Heaven. But he wouldn’t listen – he wanted me.”
The pair moved in together soon afterwards. The 71-year-old had not expected to find love after her husband passed away from cancer five years ago.
Ria says that some people think JP may be after her money, but she has none.
For now they’re settling down to life as man and wife but they don’t spend their days cloistered at home like an old married couple. They go out for movies and drives.
"Sometimes if we’re feeling lazy we’ll stay home and play cards or board games all day long,” JP said.
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