Dating older men as a woman also known as an age gap relationship seems to be something that fascinates a lot of people rightly or wrongly. We don't know why older men dating younger women is such A Thing, but people are super curious about the logistics and dynamics of these types of relationships. Here, 8 women who have dated or are dating older men explain what it's really like. The age gap is 21 years - I know, it seems very scandalous. I finished high school and went straight into university, I now have a stable teaching job. During the beginning of us living together, it felt as though I was a ghost in his home; he would be busy with work, yelling on the phone and I'd just be trying to zone it all out, but [now] whenever we're together, he answers the phone and tells people he'll call them right back and that he's with someone very important. So, in that respect, I guess I did feel as though I was "setting up shop" but now that I have a sense of completion and pride of who I'm with and our personal, yet, intertwined life journeys, I'm no longer a lost girl looking for some place to rent in someone else's world. Her and I moved in together straight out of high school, when I told her I was going to move in with him, it tore our friendship apart. We haven't spoken since.
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