I’m 24 and my hubby is 85 – we’re judged as he’s older than my grandad but we’re having IVF to get our dream baby | The Sun
A MARRIED couple with more than six decades between them has vowed to start a family.
Miracle Pogue, 24, and her husband Charles, 85, have been friends since 2019, and are now hoping to have two children through IVF.
They first met when Miracle began working at a local laundrette in Starkville, Mississippi.
Charles asked for Miracle's number, marking the start of their relationship. In 2020, he proposed, and the two tied the knot in July 2022.
Talking about their relationship, Miracle said: “Charles used to bring in one item of clothing and only wanted me to serve him.
'One day he waltzed in there and threw a piece of paper down and said ‘write down your number’ like he's a player. He was my knight in shining armour.
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'We had a good vibe going, he didn't make me feel weird.
“It was good conversation, he made me feel comfortable. I knew he was older but I didn't know his age exactly.
'When I found out I was in too deep, it was a couple of months in and I already had feelings for him.
“He was my baby and he wasn't going anywhere.
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“I found out in conversation when we asked each other our date of birth and he said he was born in 1937.
“I never even placed his age, we just wanted to see how it went.
'I don't care if he's 100 or 55, I like him for him. I thought he was maybe 60 or 70 because he looks so good. He's always up and active.
She added: “'We prepare for things and he says he might not be here in five years. I tell him he will and he'll outlive us all.
'I know realistically I'll be around longer than him so I try to live and have fun and experience as much as I can with him. We try to live it up.'
Unfortunately, her family weren’t so keen on the match, with her father questioning whether to attend the pair’s wedding.
She continued: “My grandad said if I was happy and it's what I want to do then he's happy. My dad was like "hell no ma'am, not at all".
“'It took a lot of time to convince him but I asked him if he wanted to lose his daughter forever. If he didn't come to my wedding, he would have lost me forever.
“'I told him I needed his support and to walk me down the aisle. Once he got to meet Charles and talk to him, he loved him.”
And despite the 61 years between them, Miracle and Charles are desperate to have two children of their own.
She added: 'I want him to have another generation.
it's a choice to be with him and it makes me feel good that he chooses me.
“We're looking to go to an IVF clinic to talk about our options. 'We went to an IVF clinic before but we really felt the pre-judgment even though they don't know me and it was quite overwhelming.
'Now I'm forgetting it as long as they give me my baby.
“Maybe Charles's age will stop us from having children but I have an open mind. It may not work.”
Speaking about his relationship with Miracle, Charles said: 'Miracle has got a lot going for her. She's got her life in order, she's great.
'The wedding day was wonderful, it was the best day of my life. There's no problem with the age difference.
“People making comments online doesn't make a difference, we just let them do their thing.
“We're very happy together. We're looking forward to starting a family together.'
Sadly, the pair’s relationship has sparked a huge debate online, and some people have even mistaken the two for father and daughter.
Miracle said: “One time we were going to Florida on vacation.
'We were renting a car and the lady said ‘oh is this your dad’ and I said ‘yes this is my dad, hey papa, daddy’. I'm a goofy person so I won't get mad.
'In public, I don't even care, I don't think of it as being weird I just go about my day.
“People on the internet make me feel weird.
“'I get backlash from people who don't know me or love me, they just call it as they see it. I posted my man online and it blew further than I could even imagine.
'People were saying I'm using Charles, he doesn't know what's going on and saying I should be ashamed.
'Of course, people mention finances but I'm a nurse. I was starting medical school when I met him.
'I will be well off with or without Charles, it's a choice to be with him and it makes me feel good that he chooses me.”
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On one of Miracle’s TikTok videos about her relationship, a follower wrote: '24? No way. I've got to see proof and if you're 24 I'll never try to guess ages again.'
Another said: '42 she meant.'
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