By Liana Jacob
MEET the teenager showing that love has no age limit after falling in love with a man thirty-three-years older after he pursued her on social media and despite their relationship causing a rift between her family.
Teaching student, Selma Teichmann (19), from Munden, Germany, first met her boyfriend, Maik Lier (52), over a year ago when they were working together. After they met they got to know each other and he friend requested her on Facebook.
Maik began to message her and while Selma ignored his messages at first, she started to open up to him and ‘bit by bit’ she fell in love with him. After three months of writing to each other, they met up again and have been together ever since.
Despite their strong attraction to one another, Selma’s family have shown their disagreement. She told them about Maik after hiding her relationship for half a year.
They have been together officially for a year.
“For Maik it was love at first sight and after a few days, he sent me a friend request on Facebook. Then he started writing to me,” Selma said.
“At the beginning I didn’t answer a lot of his emails. He was very stubborn and continued writing to me every day. Step by step, I opened up to him and we wrote messages about anything and everything.
“While we were writing to one another, I fell in love with him and his feelings grew stronger. But at first, I hid my feelings, because I wouldn’t admit it to myself.
“After three months only writing, we met each other. From this day on, we knew that we belong together.
“We speak the same language and have similar interests, such as music and drawing. We thought about this huge age gap in the beginning, but for both of us, it was no problem. Our feelings were stronger.”
While their connection has grown stronger, Selma’s estrangement from her family who disapprove of their relationship so much that they have tried to split them up, has still been a huge hurdle for them that they are still trying to overcome.
“For half a year we hid our relationship, as my mother suspected more behind the relationship between Maik and I, so I talked to her,” she said.
“Since this point, our family connection is problematic. Currently I live with Maik, because they don’t accept our relationship and try to keep us apart.
“Maik has no contact with his family. His best friend and my friends accept and tolerate our relationship.
“The incomprehension of my family is the most difficult thing for us; they don’t accept Maik and this has destroyed the contact between them and me.
“Their behaviour led to the current situation. We have had no contact for two weeks. This is a problem we are struggling to overcome so far.
“We want to show everybody that we are happy in this relationship and that age gap relationships are nothing to hide.
“Love has no age, no limits, no labels. Love is love. No matter what they think or say. Everybody has the right to be in love.
“This year we will move in together officially. For the future we are thinking about getting married and starting a family.”
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