"It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I have decided to end my six-year marriage to Ashton. As a woman, a mother and a wife there are certain values and vows that I hold sacred, and it is in this spirit that I have chosen to move forward with my life. This is a trying time for me and my family, and so I would ask for the same compassion and privacy that you would give to anyone going through a similar situation."
We don't have to read too far between the lines, do we? I know... none of us knows what really went on between them, but I have to believe there's some truth to all the tabloid reports of his indiscretions. And I also have to wonder how much the more than 15-year age difference played a part in their decision to split.
I've written about age differences before--check these posts. A few years ago, I met a 55-year-old man whose wife was 70. I have to admit when he told me that, I stopped in my tracks. I know I shouldn't generalize, but if you think of any mature 25-year-old guy with a 40-year-old woman, the age difference doesn't seem insurmountable. But I think the older they get, the more the difference makes a... difference.
I've come to realize I really like being with someone my own age. Personally, I can't imagine going for someone 15 years older--he'd be 69! I can't seriously imagine 15 years younger, either--I'd make an exception for Prince Harry, of course--though I could see myself with a 39-year-old a lot easier than a 69-year-old.
What do you think?
How significant is an age difference when it comes to relationships?
How much older or younger could YOU go?