Former Priest, 80, And His 25-Year-Old Toyboy Live 1,500 Miles Apart But Are 'Happy'

They're back again, everyone's favourite octogenarian priest and Romanian toyboy, Phil and Florin.

Since the pair ted the knot a couple of years ago, they're relationship has been a bit rocky, but the pair say they have come through it and couldn't be happier, despite living 1,500 miles apart.

Is that in spite of or because of?

Either way the loved up couple claim to be stronger than ever and recently spent Christmas Day together.

Philip Clements, 80, who lives in Dover, married beau, Florin Marin, 25, in 2017, but last year the aspiring model took a job with a car rental company in Spain and they have lived apart ever since.

Philip says he is besotted with his husband, who is 55-years his junior.

He said: "Florin is my first long and meaningful relationship since I retired from the church, I am just so in love with him.

"He is the funniest man ever, he makes me laugh until my belly hurts.

The couple got hitched in 2017 but things haven't been plan sailing, it's safe to say. Credit: Storytrender
The couple got hitched in 2017 but things haven't been plan sailing, it's safe to say. Credit: Storytrender

"Laughter is such an important ingredient to our marriage. Florin is the most amazing man and is so handsome.

"I hate it when we are not together, but we have accepted it and we are now stronger as a couple now we live apart.

"Being miles apart doesn't affect our relationship at all, we talk daily on FaceTime and I look forward to catching up and hearing about his day at work.

"Not being with each other every day makes it more exciting, I literally count the days down until I see him again.

"I can't get too excited though because my heart would probably give up!

Philip only 'came out' after retiring from the priesthood. Credit: Storytrender
Philip only 'came out' after retiring from the priesthood. Credit: Storytrender

"We hope to one day get a place together in Alicante and I would stay for two months at a time.

"As he is much younger, I want to give him the chance to be free and hang out with his friends and have fun.

"Florin definitely keeps me young, even my dress sense has changed since meeting him, I now wear much tighter trousers.

"I haven't got long left in this world, and I would like nothing more to spend it with Florin."

The couple met on the dating app, Gaydar, three years ago, and have had their troubles - the pair split up at the beginning of last year after retired priest, Philip, sold his house and moved to Romania for his love.

Aspiring model Florin is 55 years his husband's junior, but says he loves how smart Philip is. Credit: Storytrender
Aspiring model Florin is 55 years his husband's junior, but says he loves how smart Philip is. Credit: Storytrender

And though many don't understand, Florin says age is just a number and he loves how clever Philip is.

He said: "Some people might say what have we got in common when we are 50 years apart, but actually we have loads in common and enjoy each others company.

"My family have accepted our marriage and think a lot of Philip which is amazing.

"He is a clever man, he has taught me a lot over the past four years, Philip loves history.

"I now know about the Victorian era and World War II, I like to listen to him.

"We have fun when we go on holiday together, we go to the cinemas and eat lots of good food with good wine.

"We are just like any other couple despite us being born 50 years apart."

Aww, young love.

Featured Image Credit: Storytrender

Dominic Smithers

After graduating from Leeds University with a degree in French and History, Dom went onto gain an NCTJ journalism qualification. Since then he has worked as a reporter at the Manchester Evening News and the Macclesfield Express, covering breaking news, court, sports, and politics.

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