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Cathy Polkinghorne, 30, from Bairnsdale, Australia, met her boss, Christopher Bibby, 54, when he was still married and had a boyfriend

A mother of two branded a & # 39; homewrecker & # 39; and a & # 39; gold digger & # 39; due to a relationship with her boss – who is 24 years older than she – has announced their engagement.

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In 2014, the guest worker, Cathy Polkinghorne, 30, from Bairnsdale, Australia, met her boss, Christopher Bibby, 54, when he was still married and had a boyfriend.

After being friends for a year, they felt a bond and decided to meet up.

The couple explained how they got play from strangers in their small town because of the age difference of 24 years, but have proven that critics are wrong because their relationship of five years is still going strong.

Cathy Polkinghorne, 30, from Bairnsdale, Australia, met her boss, Christopher Bibby, 54, when he was still married and had a boyfriend

Cathy Polkinghorne, 30, from Bairnsdale, Australia, met her boss, Christopher Bibby, 54, when he was still married and had a boyfriend

When they separated from their respective partners, the couple met and five years later they became engaged

When they separated from their respective partners, the couple met and five years later they became engaged

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When they separated from their respective partners, the couple met and five years later they became engaged

The couple said they were faced with kickbacks because of the 24-year age gap in their relationship, but critics have proven that their love is real

The couple said they were faced with kickbacks because of the 24-year age gap in their relationship, but critics have proven that their love is real

The couple said they were faced with kickbacks because of the 24-year age gap in their relationship, but critics have proven that their love is real

While their families, including Cathy's children, Serenity, 11 and Angelina, nine, were all very happy with their relationship, they received negative attention from strangers who would call her a gold digger and a house seeker.

& # 39; After we separated ourselves from our partners, we decided to take a leap. It wasn't easy, & Cathy explained.

& # 39; I now went out with a public figure in a small town. I was called a house wrecker, a prospector for a start. But we continued. & # 39;

Cathy was still working for Christopher as a waitress in his restaurant The Old Grain Store when they became official.

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She said: & # 39; After we came out, I was still working there as a waitress. I had one client, say, "are you two dating? Numbers, little gold digger", we live in a very small town and the rumor mill was ripe. & # 39;

Cathy said she was branded as a & # 39; housewife & # 39; and a & # 39; gold digger & # 39; because of her relationship with Christopher

Cathy said she was branded as a & # 39; housewife & # 39; and a & # 39; gold digger & # 39; because of her relationship with Christopher

Cathy said she was branded as a & # 39; housewife & # 39; and a & # 39; gold digger & # 39; because of her relationship with Christopher

They have become a family unit since the meeting, with Christopher becoming the stepfather of her two children Serenity, 11 and Angelina, nine (photo)

They have become a family unit since the meeting, with Christopher becoming the stepfather of her two children Serenity, 11 and Angelina, nine (photo)

They have become a family unit since the meeting, with Christopher becoming the stepfather of her two children Serenity, 11 and Angelina, nine (photo)

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Cathy adds that despite receiving comments from their relationship, they have learned to ignore them and that as long as they are happy, that is all that matters.

& # 39; We used to receive comments like: & # 39; Is that her father or partner? & # 39 ;, But now it just looks quiet. We have been together for five years now, so people are used to it, & she said.

& # 39; In life, people will judge. There is nothing you can do about it. But I don't care what they think. We are happy. & # 39;

As she says that Christopher & # 39; s upbringing approach may differ from hers, Cathy says that her daughters love him.

Cathy adds that despite receiving comments about their relationship, they have learned to ignore them

Cathy adds that despite receiving comments about their relationship, they have learned to ignore them

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Cathy adds that despite receiving comments about their relationship, they have learned to ignore them

While saying that Christopher & # 39; s upbringing approach may differ from hers, Cathy says that her daughters love him

While saying that Christopher & # 39; s upbringing approach may differ from hers, Cathy says that her daughters love him

While saying that Christopher & # 39; s upbringing approach may differ from hers, Cathy says that her daughters love him

& # 39; Chris was actually my boss; we both had a partner / wife back then, but we soon became good friends. We talked for hours. Twelve months of talking, emotions became clearly involved, & Cathy recalled.

& # 39; There was a connection between us; we were friends for twelve months. We had other partners at the time and tried to be professional.

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& # 39; It was his eyes, big ass and his understanding and patience that attracted me to him. For Chris it was my energy and atmosphere, the ease with which everything flowed. We seem to have the same goals.

The couple had a great bond after they had known each other as friends for a year and were attracted to each other

The couple had a great bond after they had known each other as friends for a year and were attracted to each other

The couple had a great bond after they had known each other as friends for a year and were attracted to each other

Although they have just got engaged, the couple are not in a hurry to plan a wedding, because Christopher still has a divorce

Although they have just got engaged, the couple are not in a hurry to plan a wedding, because Christopher still has a divorce

Although they have just got engaged, the couple are not in a hurry to plan a wedding, because Christopher still has a divorce

& # 39; I have two children and we have a slightly different view on education; I had to learn to let go of Chris and go back when he lays down the law, even if I think differently and vice versa.

& # 39; My children love him; he is sturdy, just and always there, & she said.

& # 39; He's a male child, so they get along well, and my family didn't mind our age difference if they love it even more because they have common ground and experiences. & # 39;

But the couple does not make immediate plans for a ceremony, as Cathy explained: “We are now engaged, but someone must get a divorce first; it is in no hurry at the moment. & # 39;

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