Teenager Can’t Wait To Marry Best Friend’s Mum Who Is Two Decades Older Than Him – Proposing Hundreds Of Times, Nearly Every Day
A teenager can’t wait to marry his best friend’s mother who is two decades older than him and has already proposed ‘hundreds of times’, nearly every day.
Chase Gabbard, 18, first made-a-move on mum-of-three Jaimee Brown, 39, after they had spent years getting to know one another on long runs, hanging out and bonding over sharing stories.
The pair from Corbin, Kentucky, USA, first met when Chase was 11, through him becoming best friends with her son Jaice, now 16, after bonding over videogames.
But from 2013, Chase and Jaimee became closer after they began jogging together to help her lose weight – running up to ten miles a day.
Within a year she had shed more than seven stone (100lb), but it wasn’t until Chase turned 18 that he realised he was attracted to his best friend’s mother and kissed her.
Shocked by their attraction to one another – with their near 245-month age gap – the pair began dating and found they had more in common than not.
Chase proposed after two-months through a scavenger hunt and since claims he has asked her to marry him up to 300 more times – nearly once a day.
His proposals have ranged from popping the question in a relaxed way to having ‘Marry Me’ written on a hot sauce packet.
Despite each of their mothers initially struggling with the relationship they now give their blessing, and son Jaice couldn’t be happier for his mother and best friend.
Jaimee, a claims agent, said: “I had no idea about his or my feelings before he kissed me, it was a total shock but since then we have been inseparable.
“I have three kids, so the first thing was that I had to be sure they were OK with it, as they are my number one priority.
“But none of them had a problem, we all loved each other anyway and when we told Jaice he was fine with it too – they are still best friends.
“The first proposal happened during a scavenger hunt was a surprise, I had no idea, I went all over town to end in my bathroom closet.
“I don’t think you can put a time limit on love, if you know you know.
“I have to wait for my divorce to come through, but we have already planned our beautiful wedding and written our own vows.”
Chase cannot pinpoint when his feelings for Jaimee turned from friendly to romantic but took a ‘gamble’ weeks after turning 18 when he kissed her.
After two-months he popped the question and has since enjoyed finding other elaborate ways to ask her to marry him again.
Chase, a handyman, said: “I love her personality, I knew I wanted to marry her straight away.
“There are so many things I like about her, she has a great sense of humour, she stops me from being lazy and there are so many other things.
“I have proposed in every way possible from a scavenger hunt to sauce packets with writing on them, and she has said yes every time. I like to keep asking to make sure.
“A lot of the time I’ll be like ‘Hey, will you marry me?’ or wake her up to ask her, I got her some crazy flowers too – I must have asked her about two or three hundred times.”
The couple admit they have been confused for mother and son, but believe this is part of being in an age gap relationship but apart from that have had a positive experience.
Jaimee said: “We are not about that in public, even with ‘regular relationships’, but we hold hands and kiss one another on the forehead, nothing inappropriate. We’re just a regular couple.
“Nobody has openly said anything, we may get a funny look sometimes or ‘Can you ask your mom’ something.
“It’s to be expected, I understand, I’m nearly the same age as his mother, but as far as people saying anything negative it hasn’t happened.”
They explained how initially both of their mothers expressed concern, but the pair believe their shared passions make them perfectly compatible.
Jaimee said: “He is my son’s best friend and I went to school with his mother.
“There was friction, but now she doesn’t seem to care and is a lot more supportive now.
“I can see that being a concern of any parent, but I guess any relationship is a gamble whether it’s same age, same sex, different ages or anything.”
Now the whole family hang out together, with the couple even going on double-dates with oldest son Jaice, who is one of the couple’s biggest supporters.
Jaice said: “We are still best friends, because we still hang out, have fun and play video games together. Just like we did before.
“They were happy so that’s all that mattered. They are a cute couple.”
Chase added: “Thankfully it hasn’t affected us as best friends really, I don’t think we could stop being friends, we are just so close.”
Part of joining the family has required Chase to embrace the role of step-father to the three children – where he walks the line between friend and disciplinarian.
Chase said: “I have embraced it, nothing has really changed though as they are great and good-minded kids, so I don’t have to get onto them too much.”
The couple can’t wait to spend the rest of their lives together – and advise others in age gap relationships to follow their hearts.
Chase added: “I’m at the point where I don’t care what anyone else says or thinks, as long as we are happy that’s all that matters.”