Say what: Woman to marry her relative who is 20 years older

Say what: Woman to marry her relative who is 20 years older

- A lady was disowned by her family after revealing that she was dating her cousin

- The pair are engaged and getting married later this year

- They have admitted that they initially dealt with feelings of guilt over their physical relationship

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A woman has revealed that she has fallen in love with her first cousin and they are planning to get married. The 35-year-old has had a string of failed relationships but seems to have found love with the 55-year-old family member.

Monika Van Hoek and Paul Derschan from the US have found love despite the odds. After months of a platonic friendship, the pair developed feelings for each other. As the couple got closer, family members began to worry. The pair were eventually disowned by a part of their family who wanted nothing to do with the union.

Say what: Woman to marry her relative who is 20 years older

Source: Facebook/Monika Erin VanHoek
Source: Facebook

Despite this setback, they are officially tying the knot in August this year.

According to, the family have reacted angrily to the announcement.

“Even though it’s legal for us to be together, my family members still thought it was wrong and judged us for it,” Monica said.

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The couple also revealed that they struggled to be intimate for some time due to feelings of guilt. It took about six months for the feelings of committing a taboo to subside.

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