By Liana Jacob
MEET the thirty-one-year age gap couple whose sizzling attraction led to the 18-year old beauty being kicked out by her parents forcing her to live with her silver-haired suitor and two-years-into the relationship they are still not willing to meet him.
With a taste for older men already decided, Tereza Hatlas (now 20), from Kromeriz, Czech Republic, met fitness trainer, George Sekanina (51), five months after getting to know him through a dating website.
While George’s family were supportive of their relationship, Tereza’s parents kicked her out of the family home, and she ended up moving in with George. Throughout the next year-and-a-half, she became depressed and unable to cope with the rejection by her family.
Six-months ago, Tereza’s family came to terms with the relationship and she has since built bridges with them, but they still don’t approve of George.
“I was looking for an older man; fifty years or older and I caught him like a fish – a golden one of course. For five months we only chatted – two messages each, on a daily basis,” she said.
“We shared our favourite songs, pictures, life experiences and so on. And in February we met in person.
“It went well so we started seeing each other more and more; we could talk through the day and night. It was wonderful.
“His family were so kind to me from the first time they met me. Parents, siblings, aunts and uncles, all of them. They all support us, enjoy our company, and love us.
“But my family, sadly, threw me out of my home and I had to move to my bae’s home. It was quick, we’ve officially been together for as long as we’ve live together, which is two years.
“I had to change my home, my school, friends, family and everything was new, brought a lot of issues but it’s behind us now.
“They didn’t agree with my choice, so I had to go; I was mentally down, it was a really dark year-and-a-half. I was struggling with myself the whole time; I had depression and was not able to wake up and go to school.”
Despite the dark period they had to endure for their love, Tereza explained why she defied her parents, stayed with her man despite their age difference and came through the other side.
“I was attracted to his charm of personality, square chin, rough serene voice, deep, loving and smart eyes and of course his silver hair,” she said.
“When I was getting to know him, I was attracted to him more and more. He is wise, talented, and a young-minded man.
“He must have been attracted to me by my cute and mysterious weirdness and open mindedness and my height for sure; I’m very small and he finds it sweet.
“I am an animal-loving, a little bit lazy, chocolate-loving bookworm that met an active, meat-loving fitness coach that is hard on himself and others as well. Seems like black and white – and it truly is.
“We are so different yet the same. He teaches me, I teach him (for example, how to cook pasta) and we met on a dating website.
“I always adored older men, so this age gap doesn’t bother me. I am happy about it. My boyfriend is kind of a young soul, so I really can’t imagine him with someone older. There are days I feel like the older one.
“A-year-and-a-half into the relationship, my family and I somehow found our way back to each other. However, they still don’t respect my man and they don’t want to meet him. At least they are able to talk about my relationship.
“It makes me truly sad, as I found in him a missing piece of myself. Maybe time will heal everything.”
The sudden change in her lifestyle and having to move out was difficult for them as a couple, but they are more loved-up than ever now.
“I wasn’t really prepared for something like this, it messed with my head and it must have been really difficult for him to stand by my side – yet we got through it. With little/big scars, but let’s hope for better future to come,” Tereza said.
“We both love to travel, do sports, have fun and learn new things, so there are a lot of unknown plans ahead of us.
“I have a four-year-old dog, and that’s all I need in my life, those two men by my side. I never cared about what other people think.
“That’s what I recommend to anybody who criticises any relationship – mind your own business. Gay, lesbian, older, younger, it’s all about happiness and love.”
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