A rumour on the entertainment circuit is that 26 year-old Mary-Kate Olsen is dating 42 year-old Olivier Sarkozy a relation of the former pint-sized French president. Is this too big a gap or does the gap depend on the decades in question?
When I was 18 I dated a tall, blonde and handsome 25 year-old Norwegian. Although we were both at university at the time the age difference seemed rather large. In fact I even used to refer to him as The Granddad until one fine day I found him strangely attractive. Upon reflection I feel that had we dated when I was 20 and he 27 we might have enjoyed ourselves more.
His refined taste in very expensive red wine, for example, was completely wasted on me as I didn’t enjoy it when I was younger and much preferred naff cocktails that tasted like boiled sweets. He loved wonderful programmes such as Seinfeld but as I teen I wasn’t interested in the series and I didn’t even understand the humour or appreciate how amazing Elaine’s character was.
As people mature, does the age gap become irrelevant? I think it does. Going back to Mary-Kate, she and her twin sister have been superstars and working since they were babies so perhaps she feels a lot maturer than a regular 26 year-old.