Dudes are always dating women many years younger than them.
George and Amal. Donald and Melania. Mary-Kate and Olivier – the list of famous age gap couples is endless. Leonardo Di Caprio seems to have an age limit of about 25 for prospective girlfriends.
Men trading women in for ever younger models is nothing new but apparently, there’s an actual equation behind just how young the women men should date should be.
According to a book written back in 1901 by Max O’Rell, men should date women who are half their age plus seven.
‘I heard the other day a very good piece of advice, which I should like to repeat here, as I endorse it thoroughly: A man should marry a woman half his age, plus seven. Try it at whatever age you like, and you will find it works very well, taking for granted all the while that, after all, a man as well as a woman is the age that he looks and feels,’ he wrote in Her Royal Highness, Woman: And His Majesty Cupid.
And suprisingly, modern day relationship experts actually agree that this is a good rule to follow.
‘It is still a decent rule of thumb to set a boundary of a minimum age. While age is truly just a number, successful significant relationships are based on mutual understanding and connection,’ she tells the Independent.
‘I’ve seen a few anomalies where a large age gap didn’t get in the way of a lasting connection, but often times, it can lead to frustrations and the end of a relationship.
‘Rules are made to be broken in certain cases, but it’s not a bad start to set some parameters.’
But that wasn’t the of Max’s advice.
He also warned men against marrying a woman richer, taller or older than them.
So that’s Cheryl and Liam’s relatioship in trouble then.