A teenager who married a 61-year-old father of two says her parents have now welcomed him into the family, despite calling police when they first met him.
Military police officer Audrey Cheyenne-Smiley Moon, 19, first met husband Kevin, 61, on dating site Badoo, on January 9, 2020.
Despite a 42-year age difference between them, she was initially drawn to his biography and said he was also a veteran who had worked for the military police.
Within a few months of chatting online, they were officially a couple and had both said “I love you.” In July 2020, Audrey and Kevin, from Modesto, California, officially met and shared their first kiss.
Unconventional: 19-year-old army officer Audrey Cheyenne-Smiley Moon is candid about her age difference with husband Kevin, who is 42 years her senior
Overcoming hurdles: Audrey and Kevin, 61, of Modesto, California, met on dating website Badoo in January 2020 and they quickly fell for each other
‘Love at first sight’: They spoke online for six months before meeting in person for the first time in July 2020 – when they shared their first kiss
“I was both excited and nervous to see him,” Audrey recalled. “He still talks about the day he looked at me with such passion.
“Kevin made the first move. He took my face in his hands and we had our first kiss when we first met face to face.
“We both agree it was love at first sight.”
Neither Audrey nor Kevin had been in a relationship before with such a big age difference but believe it doesn’t matter as they have a lot in common and a deep bond.
“Our first conversation was about the military and he asked questions about me and we became very open with each other,” Audrey said. ‘We discussed everything together.
‘Kevin seems very handsome too.
“What makes our relationship so wonderful and perfect for us is our ever-growing love for each other.”
Before meeting Audrey, Cemex coordinator Kevin was married for 19 years and has two children, ages 16 and 23.
Struggle: Despite Audrey insisting the couple knew they were destined for each other, she admits she initially kept the relationship a secret from her parents – who are 38 and 43
Problem: When Audrey finally told her mom and dad about the relationship, they called the police to arrest Kevin – and had the police wait for him at their first arranged meeting
Connection: Despite her parents’ horrendous initial reaction to the relationship, Audrey says they slowly got around to the idea of her marriage
His children support the relationship and are happy to see how happy the couple is.
Because Kevin is older than both of Audrey’s parents, who are 38 and 43, she initially kept their relationship a secret from her family – but decided to tell her last August.
Audrey said: ‘We were open about our relationship with our colleagues, but at the beginning it was a secret from my family.
“I couldn’t handle the stress of keeping it a secret from my family, so we agreed that he would come to them.
“My family was extremely hostile about meeting him at first because we told them about us in a bad way.
“I texted them while I was away with him and we came back to my parents’ house where my whole family and the police were waiting outside.
“It was scary at first, but Kevin was ready to stand up for what he believed in and now that I’ve gotten to know him, my family has really come to like him.
“For three days they yelled at him every time he came to see me and went out of their way to tell him how awful it is that he loves me.
Support: Audrey – pictured with her father, who at 43 is Kevin’s junior for nearly 20 years – was also welcomed by her husband’s two children, one of whom is older than her
Preview: The military officer is currently stationed in the Middle East while Kevin is at home in California, but they plan to move in together when he retires next year
“He took it and since then he has proved to them how much he really and deeply loves me.
“We haven’t heard any negative comments from strangers yet, but we’ve gotten stares, but we don’t normally mind them. We focus on ourselves.’
On August 1, 2021, the couple eloped and married in a small chapel in Nevada.
Now they are making plans for their future together.
Audrey said, “Usually we talk about getting our dream home, having a baby, and living a happy life.
“He wants to be a stay at home dad and look after our baby while I’m at work and he can pursue his woodworking hobby.
“He wants to cook and clean for me until I get home. Then we spend time as a family.
‘We want to travel in a motorhome. We want to get our favorite dog breed. Mine is a Staffordshire American Terrier pit bull. He wants a Saint Bernard.
“We just want to be together and never break up again. We can’t wait to have our baby – it’s just finding the right time.
“Our lives make it hard for such dreams, but we know that in time we will make our dream come true.”
Although they are now married, they still live separately as Audrey works abroad in the Middle East and Kevin works at home in California. They plan to move in together when Kevin retires next year.
Audrey said, “What makes our relationship work even thousands of miles apart is our constant communication.
“We are always very affectionate towards each other and when the going gets tough, we try to focus on what we are fighting for. We talk about the future we can have together when we’re not together anymore.
“I still look at him with eyes filled with pure love and joy and he looks at me the same way. Sometimes we get so happy that we start to cry.
‘I love how passionate and patient he is. He is also a very giving person and very kind. He has such a pure and loving soul.
“People my age are very inconsiderate and selfish. Kevin is the opposite.
“He is very understanding and only wants to do things for me.
“They focus on social media and gain followers.
“People will do anything to get a like these days. Me and Kevin are not like that. We are very kind hearted selfless people and like to help each other and the people around us before we help ourselves.’
Audrey, who describes herself as an old soul, added: ‘I never thought I would meet the man of my dreams who is also my best friend and love of my life.
“He’s my soul mate and that’s worth fighting for. Love is endless and indescribable.
“Kevin and I want to show the world that we are not the stereotypical sugar daddy or gold digger relationship.
“We really love each other for who we are and what we do for each other.”
Kevin said, “When I first saw her profile I thought she was a cute girl, but I wasn’t looking for a young girl, I was looking for a friend to talk to.
“I was actually looking around my area and I was between 30 and 50 years old. Her profile should not have appeared. Something told me to watch it and something told me to like it, so I did.
“I found a new best friend and fell in love with my best friend.”