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Mother, 26, gets asked if her boyfriend, 42, is her 'granddad'

Mother, 26, who gets asked if her boyfriend, 42, is her ‘granddad’ insists cruel remarks about their relationship makes them STRONGER and says it’s ‘less stressful’ than dating a man her age

  • Sinead Warnes, 26, said it was ‘love at first sight’ when she met Daniel Long, 42
  • The mother-of-two, of Cambridge, said she faces criticism over the age-gap 
  • But insists being mistaken for father and daughter strengthens their relationship 

A couple who are mistaken for being father and daughter claim the criticism makes their relationship ‘stronger’ and say they ‘thrive’ off the hateful comments they receive from strangers.

Sinead Warnes, 26, of Cambridge, said it was ‘love at first sight’ when she met boyfriend Daniel Long, 42, last year, despite being a ‘bit wary’ of their 16-year age gap.

The mother-of-two posts about their relationship online and said she is regularly bombarded with negative comments about their age difference, with some asking if he is her ‘dad or granddad’ and others branding her a ‘gold digger’.

But despite the abuse Sinead insists dating an older man is ‘so much less stress’ than someone her own age.

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Sinead Warnes, 26, of Cambridge, said it was ‘love at first sight’ when she met boyfriend Daniel Long, 42, last year, despite being a ‘bit wary’ of their 16-year age gap


The mother-of-two posts about their relationship online and said she is regularly bombarded with negative comments about their age difference, with some asking if he is her ‘dad or granddad’ and others branding her a ‘gold digger’. Pictured, the couple together

The support worker wants to ‘normalise’ age gap relationships by posting videos on TikTok, where she has 161,000 followers.

Sinead said: ‘I find him very attractive and our personalities click very well together – neither of us care about the hate that we get on our age gap, if anything we thrive off it because it’s just funny.

‘It’s more like people are taking time out of their life to put hate into mine, there’s obviously got to be something so good about my life for them to actually waste their time to write these hate comments. 

‘A few people have said “you must be with him because he’s got loads of money” but I actually work two jobs so it’s not the case at all.

‘I think it just makes us stronger because it doesn’t bother us, it makes us laugh. We get so much more support than hate, it’s just funny and it doesn’t bother me one bit.’

Sinead insists dating an older man is ‘so much less stress’ than someone her own age. Pictured, the couple in a grab from a TikTok video shared by Sinead

Daniel smiles as he poses with Sinead’s sons Mason and Leon, from a previous relationship

The couple first met back in March 2020 when Daniel stopped to help Sinead while she was painting their fence. After spending a few months without talking they got back in touch with each other and began dating in January.  

Sinead said: ‘I was a bit wary at first because of the age gap and then I think we just got on really well, he’s different. I think it was love at first sight.

‘I think he was a lot more worried at first than I was because I’m younger than him but he’s not bothered, we’re literally not bothered about it.

‘My dad said that having an older man, “they’ve been there, they’ve done all the partying and going out and they know what they want in their life”.

‘It’s so much less stressful than dating younger men he [just] wants to just settle down, and I’ve always been like that. He’s very grounded and he goes to work every day, a lot of younger men don’t seem to do that.’ 

As well as abuse on TikTok, the couple also attract attention out in public. 


The couple also draw stares when they go out together, but say it doesn’t bother them

‘A lot of people stare. I think sometimes maybe they probably think he’s my dad until he holds my hand. He’s very loving,’ Sinead said. 

‘I think he feels like I feel awkward sometimes being out with him and people staring but it doesn’t bother me. There’s been a few comments that say “that looks like your dad”, and I just say thanks.

‘Nothing really bothers me because I feel like if I react to them to show that they bother me, then it shows the people that I’m doubting our relationship.

‘I’m with him, it doesn’t matter what people think. Their opinions don’t matter to us.’

 The social media fan wants to use her TikTok platform to shine a light on the positives of age gap relationships.  

Sinead said: ‘It’s more just to show people that it is a normal thing – if you’re over the age of 16 and you’re with an older guy, that’s absolutely fine.

‘It’s more to show support to the other people [in age gap relationships] that don’t like to post about it.

‘I’ve had people privately message me on my Instagram saying “oh look, I’ve met this guy and he’s a lot older than me. I don’t know what to do. Can you give me some advice?”. I just say “if you want to be with them, don’t worry about what anybody says”.

‘I think it’s just about normalising it – I should be able to post a video of me with my partner without people saying ‘what’s your age gap?’ because people can see it, but it should be a normal thing.’

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