‘I flew 3,500 miles to meet girl 28 years younger after hooking up online… at 48, I’d given up on love’

A 48-YEAR-old man had nearly given up on love before flying 3,500 miles to meet a woman 28 years younger than him

Jeremy Pratico, 47, met his future girlfriend Charline Chaltin, 19, after they joined the same fan page for their favorite band on Facebook.

Jeremy, 48, with Charline, 19, after they met up for the first time in June

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Jeremy, 48, with Charline, 19, after they met up for the first time in JuneCredit: Facebook
Charline lives 3,500 miles away from Jeremy in Brussels

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Charline lives 3,500 miles away from Jeremy in BrusselsCredit: Facebook

“If it wasn’t for coronavirus, I don’t know if this would have happened,” teacher Jeremy, from Vermont, said.

“But because I was in quarantine, I was online more than I would have been in normal life.”

The couple got chatting in 2020 shortly after the coronavirus lockdown came into effect across the world.

“I posted a picture on the 21 Pilots fan Facebook group and asked people what their favorite song was,” Charline told The Mirror.

“Jeremy answered and I didn’t really react to his comments, but then he found me on Instagram and we started chatting on there.”

After the pair realized how much they had in common they began to speak more often and Jeremy noticed that he had begun to develop feelings for Charline.

3,500 MILES AWAY

But there were significant hurdles to face, including the 3,500-mile distance between Brussels and Vermont, the time difference, and the 28-year age gap.

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“I would never normally date someone so young and that far away, but about a week in I was like, ‘uh oh, I feel something’,” Jeremy said.

“I’ve had girls who live 70 miles away asking if I wanted to be in a relationship with them and I’ve always said no because I can’t do long distance.

“But with Charline, all the rules went out the window.”

Over the next few months, while travel restrictions were in place, the couple maintained a long-distance relationship.

After weeks of deliberation and hoping that Belgium would allow travelers into the country by the summer, he booked flights to visit Charline in June.

Thankfully, the restrictions lifted and this meant the couple could finally meet in person after a year of chatting online.

“I went over there on June 30,” Jeremy explained. “Neither of us were nervous about meeting because we already knew each other so well.

“It was my favourite moment of my whole life, seeing her for the first time. It was absolutely magical.”

Jeremy went on to say that he had given up on finding love at his age.

I’m very childlike – I have Peter Pan syndrome.

Jeremy, 48

“I thought I’d settle for just being a cool uncle, but now people tell me I’m living a fairy tale.”

And despite the huge age gap, the pair say that the difference isn’t an issue for them at all.

“I’m very childlike – I have Peter Pan syndrome,” Jeremy joked.

“I’m the teacher that jumps on the tables. I’m very immature for my age, and Charline is very mature for her age.

“Neither of us notice an age gap between us because she’s an old soul and I’m a young soul.”

Asked whether they have experienced much judgement about their relationship, Jeremy said that his parents were a bit concerned that Charline wanted a green card while Charline’s parents said that 48-year-old Jeremy was not much younger than them.

Despite the initial concerns of the couples’ parents, they have both come to accept their relationship.

Jeremy left Belgium after eight short days and the couple hopes to reunite at Christmas.

“We have a plan for me to fly out on December 26 and stay until January 8, but we don’t know what will happen with restrictions,” Charline said.

They have not yet decided if they will live together in the near future as Charline is deciding if she wants to go attend university.

However, the 19-year-old said that her main priority at the moment is Jeremy.

“My primary need is to be with him, even if I wait a few years to go to college,” Charline said.

“We spent a week together and it was the best week of my life, so my priority is to be with him.”

Jeremy added: “I thought I’d been in love before, but I hadn’t until this girl came along.

“My world went upside down, and it’s the very best topsy turvy I’ve ever had in my life.”

Jeremy and Charline spent eight days together in Brussels in June - after a year of long-distance

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Jeremy and Charline spent eight days together in Brussels in June – after a year of long-distanceCredit: Facebook
The couple plan to reunite at Christmas

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The couple plan to reunite at ChristmasCredit: Facebook

 

 

 


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