But recent and well-publicised marital troubles have thrown their status as a couple into doubt. Sam has shrugged off speculation over the age gap betweeen them, saying, "In the old days, 'controversial' in a relationship meant same-sex or mixed races. That would not happen with a man."Age difference: 32 years Joan and theatre manager Percy married in 2002 and have always dismissed questions over their three-decade age gap.Age difference: 11 years "Age ain't nothing but a number," Nick once said, when questioned by Oprah about the 11-year difference between him and Mariah. "I've always felt age shouldn't be a chronological issue," Joan once said.In August 2010, Michael Dunn of the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff completed and released the results of a study on age disparity in dating.
In various cultures, older men and younger women often seek one another for sexual or marital relationships.Differences in age preferences for mates can stem from evolutionary mating strategies and age preferences in sexual partners may vary cross culturally.There are also alternative social theories for age differences in relationships as well as suggested reasons for 'alternative' age-hypogamous relationships.Marrying an older woman, on average, means marrying a more mature person. Parenting is far more difficult and stressful than many people realize.It requires great maturity and equanimity to consistently set limits but not excessive ones, remain calm, and collaboratively solve problems with your child.