A 33-year-old woman who fell in love with a man 21 years older after forming a bond with their shared love of cosplay has spoken out to defend their age-gap romance – despite expressing frustration that his role as a father in the way of their time together.
Model Kat Lyons, 33, from California, met her retired Lieutenant Colonel boyfriend Rob Berg, 54, from Texas, at the Galaxy Fest sci-fi convention in Colorado in February 2019.
Despite their 21-year age difference, the couple immediately hit it off because of their shared interest in cosplay, sci-fi and comic books.
True Love: A 33-year-old woman revealed how she fell for a man 21 years her senior after they bonded over a shared love of cosplay
Meant To Be: Kat Lyons, 33, met Rob Berg, 54, at a sci-fi convention in Colorado in February 2019 and the pair hit it off right away
The couple soon fell for each other and began dating – but not everyone in their lives was initially up for their new relationship, with Kat’s mother expressing serious concerns about her daughter’s older boyfriend.
Kat’s mother insisted that Rob be alone with her because of her youthfulness and would leave when he got tired of her.
Luckily, Kat’s mom liked Rob after two years together and even shared a hug when they last met.
‘We met at the Galaxy Fest sci-fi convention in February 2019 and fell in love with our first date,’ said Kat. ‘To Rob, it was my geeky personality and to me it was that he could effortlessly make me laugh – we’re both silly people by nature.
‘My family wasn’t too keen on me and Rob being together, especially at the beginning. My mom said he was closer to her age and he just wanted me because I’m young and eventually he will get tired of me.
It was painful, but things have changed in the last two years and she now seems fine with it. They met recently and she even hugged him, which was a great moment.
There are many benefits to being in an age gap relationship. Rob has a lot of life experience, knows what he wants and is responsible.
In public, Kat and Rob are affectionate with each other, something Kat says strangers stare and whisper about the couple when they think they’re not looking.
Upset: Kat says the age difference was never a problem for her and Rob, but her mother expressed concern about the relationship and warned her daughter, ‘He’s going to get tired of you’
Staying strong: the model emphasizes that there are clear benefits to being with an older man that strangers simply don’t understand
Skepticism about Kat and Rob’s love is not limited to the outside world. The couple has people online commenting on photos of them together, calling their relationship disgusting, and even telling Kat to leave Rob and date someone younger.
Kat says there are obvious benefits to being with an older man that strangers simply don’t understand.
Rob is especially mature, emotionally stable and knows what he wants in life. He can also provide for the couple financially, so Kat doesn’t have to live with her parents in her thirties.
However, Rob has two daughters, Sophia, six, and Madison, 18, from two previous marriages and although they share immense love with Kat, she says it can be difficult for the couple to spend quality time together when they are alone. . Rob has full custody of the youngest.
Despite her husband’s age, Kat says that Rob always steals the show with his charm when they meet friends or go out. In fact, according to the 33-year-old, men are turned on by his good looks and charisma.
“ Being with someone older often means being with someone who is more stable both emotionally and financially, and you can avoid living in your parent’s basement, ” Kat said.
‘When we’re gone, I see people staring and whispering about us. I certainly notice it more than Rob. Online we always get comments about his age and people asking why I’m with an old man.
‘Women often say it’s disgusting. They say “he just likes young women” and say “when I’m tired of the old man, I should try someone young”.
Age certainly does not determine the love we share.
Rob has two children from previous marriages, and because he only has custody of his six-year-old, it affects our ability to do things as a couple. But I share a wonderful love with both his six-year-old and his 18-year-old, so there are no issues. ‘
Keen to let the world know that age shouldn’t define any relationship, Kat hopes to eventually marry Rob to show the love they share, despite not really believing in the institution itself.
“Some people are skeptical about being with someone much older or younger than themselves, but you might be missing the best of your life,” she said. ‘You can often find stability in someone who is more mature.
Ultimately, we want to get married, even though we both don’t believe in the institution of marriage. There are benefits to that, and we both plan to be together for the rest of our lives, so why not. ‘