It's been said that love works in mysterious ways, and this story is definitely proof of that. It's also proof that science can throw up the most wonderful and unexpected surprises.

Kat King thought she was infertile and had given up on the idea of ever having children. But in 2007, the German woman was backpacking around Australia and fell in love with a man she met at a campsite in Tasmania that January, only for the pair to end up as proud parents.

Kevin, the man she fell for, was 39 years older than her - there was nothing romantic between her and the 77-year-old at first, but one day, sparks flew after a misunderstanding.

Kat King

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"We were just friends," explained Kat. "I would stay in his nice caravan in return for cooking for him. While we shared his double bed, there was no funny business.

"But one day in summer 2007, in a supermarket, he bumped into me by accident and I reacted furiously and stormed off - threatening to leave him and travel alone.

"After a row, we kissed and made up and, shortly afterwards, became a couple."

A few months later, in August, Kevin proposed and Kat said yes. But he didn't actually reveal his real age until the day before their wedding in November 2007.

Kat King

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"He told me the truth - that he was 39 years older than me. He'd shaved 10 years off," Kat said. "But by that point, it was too late. There was no point in getting annoyed as I was in love."

And in September 2010, Kat gave birth to their son, Pierre, who is now seven. She had booked a doctor's appointment to investigate her unexplained infertility, and it was there and then that she discovered she was pregnant.

"We were sort of trying for a baby," she explained. "We thought, 'If it happens, it happens.' But when it didn't, I realised I really wanted it to. That's why - after more than a year of trying - I was at the doctor's.

"We were both absolutely thrilled when I found out I was pregnant - even more so when Pierre was born on 10 September, weighing a healthy 7lb 4oz."

Kat King

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Since then, Kevin - who is often mistaken for Kat's grandfather - has since had to have open heart surgery, but has recovered, and the couple continue to live together happily with their son.

"When the surgeon heard about me they joked with him, saying, 'We made it extra strong, so you can live for a long while yet,'" said Kat.

"I know my choices might seem strange to some people. But I'm proof that age is just a number and you're never too old for love."

Words: Mischa Pearlman

Featured Image Credit: PA Real Life

Claire Reid

Claire Reid is a journalist at LADbible. Claire graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with a BA in journalism. She’s previously worked at Trinity Mirror. Since joining LADbible, Claire has worked on pieces for the UOKM8? mental health campaign, the Yemen crisis, life in the Calais Jungle as well as a profile of a man who is turning himself into a cyborg.

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