Joop and Rona say it’s love, not a rip-off (image: CATERS)
‘It’s no drawback for me or Rona, she is completely happy to have an skilled associate that’s in stability and loves her the best way she is,’ mentioned 69-year-old Joop Evers.
Joop is referring to the 44 yr age hole between him and his 25-year-old, spouse Rona.
The weird coupling has meant the pair have misplaced family and friends who don’t agree with their relationship.
They are saying many individuals additionally consider they’re solely collectively due to cash – however that’s not true.
Joop mentioned: ‘Age is only a quantity. This can be a actual love story, not an try and get cash or a inexperienced card.
‘Rona has by no means requested for cash except it’s to assist different people who find themselves in determined want.
Age is only a quantity for Joop and Rona (image: Caters Information Company)
‘It’s real love, I do know individuals received’t consider it however there’s a lot love and understanding between us.
‘She doesn’t desire a inexperienced card, you learn lots of people need them to go to the US however I’m from the Netherlands, we don’t have them there.
‘We don’t care what individuals suppose or say, it’s our life and we’re actually completely happy collectively.’
Joop, initially from the Netherlands, now lives in his spouse’s hometown, Bacolod, within the Philippines, the place the pair are extensively accepted of their relationship and might escape the negativity they’ve beforehand skilled.
He added: ‘Within the Philippines age gaps are extremely accepted, however I don’t have contact with my household and a variety of associates anymore as a result of they don’t settle for my relationship.
‘After I instructed them about my relationship, they simply refused to just accept my spouse due to how younger she was.
‘I’m a divorced man with two kids already so it was a giant change, however that is my life they usually selected to not settle for it.’
The daddy-of-two had reached out to Rona on Fb after noticing her throughout a visit to the Philippines to go to his brother and his spouse. The soon-to-be lovebirds chatted over textual content earlier than she finally flew over to satisfy him in individual.
He mentioned: ‘We began to speak 4 years in the past, once we lastly met, she flew over and it was an enormous tradition shock for Rona as a result of the Netherlands is so totally different to the Philippines.
‘I do know the individuals and tradition of the Philippines, however she had by no means been to Europe, so it was a pleasant assembly however rather a lot to regulate to.’
Joop together with his spouse Rona who began speaking on Fb (image: Caters Information Company)
Rona’s household, alternatively, have given the connection their blessing, regardless of the age hole.
Rona mentioned: ‘My household have been so supportive of our relationship. Clearly, an age hole is much more regular within the Philippines, so that they have at all times supported us it doesn’t matter what.
‘I don’t care what individuals say about us, I really like him very a lot. We’re good individuals; we love and take care of individuals and simply need that love again.’
Though the couple need their relationship to be extensively accepted they’re additionally conscious they ‘get a variety of stares’ as a pair.
Joop thinks the staring stems from ‘jealousy’. He mentioned: ‘If we go to purchasing malls, we get a variety of stares as a result of she is so younger, however she attire otherwise to different Filipinos too, I believe all of it simply comes from jealousy.
‘I’m on an age hole relationship group on Fb and there are at all times individuals which might be jealous who remark issues about us being collectively.
‘The whole lot that has been mentioned to us comes from jealously, however we’re completely happy. It’s a greater life for her but it surely’s additionally a greater life for me.’
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