A mum has opened up about her age gap relationship after her family tried to end her romance with a tennis coach.
Vanessa Szabo-Menyhart, 22, and 54-year-old Geza Szabo first locked eyes at a table tennis competition back in March 2018.
The pair became good friends, despite Vanessa being 19 at the time, and eventually went on their first date in August that year.
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Speaking about their first meeting, Vanessa from Kent, said: "I was a school-leaver when we met at the table tennis competition.
"It wasn't love at first sight, because I thought he was a bit full of himself."
She added: "When I looked at him I only saw he thought he could beat everyone and that he was the only winner.
"We didn't think about each other as people who we would want a relationship with.
"Later when we started to get to know each other and chat a lot online, we didn't realise we had feelings for each other.
"It just felt like friends who were important to one another. Eventually I was attracted to him because he showed his real self."
Although Vanessa hadn't dated someone his age, she started to catch feelings for Geza for his good sense of humour.
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She added: "We have a 32-year age gap. I was never attracted to men his age before, and he never dated women my age.
"I was scared at first because questions like 'can this work with an age gap?' and 'what will my family think?' were in my head."
Vanessa's family realised her worries who even tried to split them up, even when she revealed her true feelings to them.
She revealed: "They said I'm naive because if he started dating me, he was just looking for a new trophy.
"They tried to manipulate me, saying that I should be going out with friends and dating other people, living the life of others my age."
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Eventually Vanessa's family supported her decision as her twin sister was the first to give in.
Despite the challenges, the couple have no let other's people opinion affect them as they've started a family together.
Vanessa said: "We had our first child, Henrik, on August 27, 2020, after being together for two years.
"We got married two days later, having gotten engaged on August 29, 2019, at the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
"By that time, all people had to say about us was 'congratulations'."
Vanessa sees a lot of judgement when the pair are together and often mistake Geza for her dad.
She concluded: "Before you judge someone because of a huge age gap, try to get to know them better.
"Not every young woman is with an older man because of his money.
"And not every mature man who has a young girlfriend or wife, wants only a new trophy.
"We have friends and colleagues who have accepted us from the beginning as they realise our relationship beats our age gap."
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