A lot of female hearts were broken last month when Hollywood heart-throb George Clooney got engaged. Let's face it, he's tried quite a few potential partners since rising to fame as Dr Doug in the hit drama series, ER. But now, it seems, somebody has finally prised a diamond ring out of gorgeous George once more!
She is Amal Alamuddin, a Lebanese-born human rights lawyer. She is 36 years old. And he's 52 - a sixteen-year age gap.
In Hollywood terms, we probably see bigger age gaps all the time. But in the "real world" it's a little different - huge age differences are a rarity, aren't they? Well, maybe not as rare as you think!
Last year, a great-grandmother from North Wales, 68-year-old Joan Lloyd, met 29-year-old Phil Absolom, and what resulted was nothing less than a bolt of lightning!
Joan Lloyd and Phil Absolom
Phil and Joan are one of five couples featured in a recent Channel 5 documentary entitled She's 78. He's 39: Age Gap Love. (That title actually refers to another couple). And for more information about that documentary, we're joined on the line from Manchester by the producer of the documentary, Colin Stone, from TV production company Nine Lives Media.
This morning, we asked reporter Brenda Donohue to go out and see what members of the public thought of large age gaps in relationships. What's your view? If you have your own opinions on relationships that feature large age gaps, please text us on 51551 whilst the show is on air, tweet @MooneyShow or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Colin contacted Mooney because he is looking to get in touch with couples living in Ireland who have a large age gap between them!
Seeking Age Gap Couples For A New Television Series:
• Are you in an age gap relationship?
• Are there 20, 30, or even 40 years separating you and your partner?
• Are you living proof that age is no barrier to finding true love?
Following the hit Channel 5 documentary She’s 78, He’s 39: Age Gap Love, Nine Lives Media is now looking for couples to appear in a new series. For more information, please contact David Kavanagh at Nine Lives Media – email@example.com or call 0044 161 832-2007.
The series will air in October.