The unusual relationship and age gap isn't making waves in France, but it's getting a lot of attention in other parts of the world.
Pat offered me space, devotion and herself, which I couldn't find in anyone else. She is a best friend who reflects back to me what a good person I am, which builds my confidence and self-esteem.
I now have a better job and feel better about myself than ever before."—Neil, 35"I find that I'm attracted to a woman who has some degree of self-possession. I enjoy sitting down to dinner with someone who has a level of conversation I can appreciate and enjoy. They have so much more to offer and they are looking for different things. It's really a personality thing for me regarding what is attractive.
Also, there were levels of honesty unlike anything I've experienced even with best friends." Fred gave us a wealth of information over several interviews.
Open, upbeat and extremely handsome, he revealed the enormous love and respect he shared with his former partner and now shares with his current partner.
I look at a lot of my friends who have girlfriends their age and younger and the problems they have strike me as ridiculous. I don't have time for that behavior—that's why I like mature women." "She was very beautiful and caring and we had similar interests.
She offered me the opportunity to see another perspective on a lot of different issues. She made me realize how important I could be in making someone else happy.
RELATED: Love lessons: Understanding personality types for a happier relationship Fred's first older-woman experience occurred when he was 21 years old and Gretchen was 37. They are both still very close and see each other regularly.
Not only did they have a tremendous friendship as the basis of their relationship, but an extraordinary sex life as well.
In my opinion, age has nothing to do with our relationship.