A YouTuber is set to marry her girlfriend but the couple’s 37-year age gap ‘doesn’t worry them’.
Julia Zelg, 24, proposed to her girlfriend, 61-year-old Eileen de Freest shortly before Christmas.
Julia revealed her girlfriend to her fans on the video-sharing site in September after the couple met on Tinder.
The 24-year-old, originally from Brazil, told fans: “I’ve met this woman and she’s the most amazing person I’ve ever met.”
“She’s just my soulmate.
“I was just planning to enjoy my single life and have fun and stuff, and in the process of doing that, I met her and just fell for her.”
They announced they were moving in together less than a month after going public and have adopted a kitten together called Brittney who lives with them in their London flat.
Their relationship swiftly blossomed, and Eileen, originally from America, said yes after Julia got down on one knee.
The couple flew to Brazil to meet Julia’s parents for Christmas, with Eileen greeting her as “my future mother-in-law”.
Planning is now well underway for their wedding, set to take place later this year.
The couple have faced criticism for the extreme age gap.
Elieen said: “She’s young yes, but I have rarely met anyone of any age with the emotional maturity and generosity of Julia.
“Listen Julia is a lot younger than me, and I’m a lot older than her…
“She’s not captive she’s my girlfriend, she’s my partner, she’s somebody I love.
“You don’t think I went over this for months in my mind?
“Is she too young for me, what is the cost of being with an older woman?
“I’m not going to take her life away, she will go on long after me and I want her to do that. And I love her so much."
Julia added: “Why is it so wrong that we’re two women and that we have a big age gap?
“There’s nothing wrong and it’s none of your business.”
However a lot of people have supported the couple.
One person said: “Two consenting adults in an honest loving relationship. Nothing more precious than that.”
And another wrote “Honestly the love you have for each other makes my heart melt, never ever should anyone hate on someone for loving another, love is love, I don’t care what anyone says.”
Julia frequently posts images of the couple on her Instagram page, and they have been sharing updates on their relationship on YouTube as well.
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