A 25-year-old college student who fell in love with her 55-year-old boss has defended age-group romance against critics who insist she’s only for him for money.
Mum-of-one Suzanna Diaz, from Lake Jackson, was just 22 and was in college when she met restaurant manager Tony Kahanek during an interview for a part-time job at his eatery.
During the interview process, Suzanna says the couple clicked right away and recalled how she was immediately drawn to his charming personality and kind eyes. Tony felt the same direct connection and asked her for her number, while also offering her a job.
Unconventional: 25-year-old college student and mother of one Suzanna Diaz has spoken out to defend her age difference with her former boss, Tony Kahanek, who is 30 years older
Together: Suzanna, from Lake Jackson, met Tony, 55, when he interviewed her for a part-time job at the restaurant he ran
Connection: The couple felt an immediate connection and started a relationship days later. They have been together for three years since then and Suzanna says Tony is ‘best friends’ with her son
Later that day, Susanna says she started repeating their conversation over and over in her head, thinking about him all night long.
Suzanna received a text message the next day from an unknown number, to which she did not respond until she realized it was Tony – a few days later they met after work for dinner.
As they got to know each other a little better, they discovered that they had many similar interests and began to share personal stories. Just before he dropped her off at home, they kissed, and Susanna remembered that it felt like a “whirlwind” moment.
“I was 22 years old when I decided to look for a part-time job at tables in my area, but luckily a job became available at a family restaurant near me,” Suzanna said.
‘I ran down hoping to be one of the first to inquire so I could secure the position as I was desperate for some extra cash.
‘When I arrived they asked me to sit in a booth and fill out an application form and just as I finished I felt someone tapping my shoulder.
I turned to see a tall, charming man, whose eyes sparkled before me – I was fixated on how handsome he was.
‘I regained focus and he introduced himself as Tony, the restaurant’s general manager, and we started talking – until I realized I had time and knew I had to go home.
My heart was still beating with excitement because I couldn’t believe how in love I was with someone I barely knew until I received a text from him the next day.
Note: While Tony’s mom immediately accepted their relationship, it took her parents a little longer to get used to the idea
Criticism: Some of Tony and Susanna’s friends have accused her of being a “ sugar baby ” with her older partner for money alone
We talked late into the night when Tony suggested meeting up after work a few days later for a snack.
As soon as I saw him my heart started to beat again and then I knew I had fallen in love.
‘We talked about our favorite music, our favorite food, even our favorite TV shows and found that we had a lot in common, which was surprising given that there are 30 years between us.
‘I found his charisma attractive and also his leadership in the workplace – I like a man who can take the reins.
Tony drove me back home and before I could say goodbye we kissed. I felt a magical feeling like never before – it was just like what you see in movies. ‘
Despite falling head over heels for each other from the start, the couple decided to keep their relationship a secret to avoid negativity from friends and family.
After only a few months of working together and talking every day, Tony asked Suzanna to move in as he wanted to come to her home at the end of the day and the two couldn’t be more excited to start their new chapter together.
Even though she was excited, she knew it meant telling her parents about their relationship and was nervous about how they would react.
Initially worried about the romance, the couple asked their daughter if she was really serious about pursuing a long-term relationship with Tony. However, Suzanna says that they slowly started to come and accept her partner into their family after seeing how happy she was.
Tony’s mother, on the other hand, immediately accepted their relationship and hopes the two will one day get married and start a family together.
“We told our parents, mine was worried at first, but supportive after seeing how happy we both were,” Suzanna said.
‘Tony’s mom was over-the-moon and hasn’t stopped talking about us getting married, even though it’s not on the card yet – but we’ll see this year.’
But not everyone was that willing to accept the relationship.
Special: ‘I feel like I’m experiencing fairytale romance and met my soul mate, something I never thought I would have, especially when I was so young,’ said Suzanna
Looking ahead: the couple lives together and hope to get married in the future
Benefits: Tony says being with a younger woman has helped him feel more confident, while Suzanna says being with a more mature man helps her feel reassured
Several of Tony and Suzanna’s friends were unhelpful, with some of them throwing weird looks at the couple – preventing them from showing any kind of intimacy around their friends.
Others have made comments such as how Susanna is supposed to be a “sugar baby” – but they’ve learned to ignore them because it doesn’t matter what they think.
‘Most of our friends have supported us, except for a few, who have commented that I’m just a’ sugar baby ‘and that we’re not in a serious relationship – but these comments and the looks we get from others are just a little negativity that we ignore, ”Suzanna explained.
After a few months, we decided we wanted to move on to the next chapter of our relationship and I started packing my things to move in with him.
“I went to Tony’s apartment and although I was scared at first because I thought moving in together so soon after a meeting could put a strain on our relationship, I wasn’t wrong.”
Despite the age difference between them being initially new, neither Tony nor Suzanna have a problem with it, with Tony noting how it has improved his confidence.
Suzanna feels that being with a grown man is more reassuring than being with someone her own age and feels a greater sense of appreciation from him. She added that her young son even sees Tony as his “best friend.”
Now, three years later, the two are the happiest they have ever been and are starting to talk about their future together.
“We get along perfectly and now, three years later, we are the happiest we have ever been and we have started discussing our future together,” said Suzanna.
‘I feel like I’m living a fairytale novel and having met my soul mate, something I never thought I would have, especially at such a young age.
“ I wish people would understand that a relationship can come from anywhere and be with someone you would least expect.
‘Our relationship feels so natural to us and I believe this is because we choose to listen to our hearts rather than the opinions of others.
Only you know the direction you want to take your life – if the relationship fits into this, then that’s all that matters. There is so much happiness that a lifelong partner can bring, don’t miss it because of a little taboo. ‘