There are few funner things in life than catching up with a best mate to get the latest on each others’ love lives. But what if your best mate was dating your actual dad?
For many of us, this would be somewhat of a romantic faux pas, with the thought of your friend swooning over your old man’s dreamy blue eyes enough to induce vomiting. However, one set of besties have made this scenario work out, and fair play to them.
27-year-old Taylor Lehman, from Phoenix, Arizona, met her husband – 54-year-old Kern Lehman – through her best friend, 30-year-old Amanda.
Of course, we’ve all been meeting significant others’ with a little help from our friends since time immortal. But what makes this particular story unusual is the fact Amanda is Kern’s very own daughter.
Taylor said how she was immediately attracted to the much older Kern, who she views as being like the Michael Douglas to her Catherine Zeta Jones:
I thought he was very handsome, When we first met, I worked with Kern’s daughter, she was my best friend and he was married at the time. I was also in a relationship.
At the beginning, my parents were kind of concerned, my mom was upset that this was my friend’s dad, but they know I’ve always dated older men.
Taylor’s parents and Amanda are reportedly now supportive of the loved-up couple, who said ‘I do’ in Cancun, Mexico back in 2017.
Taylor herself initially had concerns about dating her best friend’s dad, but any doubts melted away once they got to know each other:
We found out we had a lot in common, but I don’t think either of us expected we would get married,
We thought it would be a rebound thing for us both.
But, we hit it off, we like the same music and are both old souls. I fell in love with him for his personality, it made him so attractive to me, He is fun, outgoing, we both like to party, and he was charming.
Kern, who is retired, also had nothing but praise for his other half:
Taylor has a great sense of humour, is vivacious and an old soul. She also has a huge heart and is fiercely loyal. Also she is my best friend and is very easy to talk to about anything.
I didn’t really have any reservations, and whether Amanda realises it or not she was largely responsible for our meeting.
Neither Taylor nor I really expected it to develop into what it did at the time.
When it did, my attitude was that I’ve done a lot for my children, but choosing my mate is not within their purview.
If it makes you happy and you click, it’s nobody’s business but yours and if people want to be judgmental the hell with them. Leave them in their glass house.
Well said Kern!
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Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning her masters in International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist through News Associates in Manchester. Jules has previously worked as a mental health blogger, copywriter and freelancer for various publications.