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A young teacher who admits she began dating her partner for his money says she has now fallen head over heels in love with him and the pair plan to get married despite their 24-year age gap.
Twenty-three-year-old Anna Fuller, an early childhood educator met Rob Hunter, an accountant, in a bar while she was out celebrating her 17th birthday, where she lied and told him she was 18.
While Rob was initially attracted to Anna's 'loud and energetic personality', she admits that she thought an older man would be willing to spoil her. However, she says that after getting to know each she found herself falling for him.
"The night I was out for my birthday and he was out with his friend for the weekend, we met outside a bar - I told him I was 18," Anna said.
"At first it was about the money for me, as I was a young teenager who grew up in a pretty low-class family and I was used to being spoiled and getting whateve I wanted regardless, so in my head the thought of an older man with security fit the bill - no pun intended.
"After getting to know him, I decided I had serious feelings for him too and I think it was mainly because he let me be the loud, obnoxious teenager I was and accepted that about me; dealing with all my issues and problems like they were his.
"He really cared, and he did everything in his power to show me that. I think what attracted him to me was my ability to always be able to have fun, I was super energetic and loud and funny.
"Not to mention I was also much younger which at the start of our relationship I'm sure had an impact."
It wasn't all plain sailing for the couple, Anna admits that at first her family struggled to accept the relationship and that her mum still refuses to meet Rob. But since becoming engaged, she says most of her family are now on-board with the relationship, as are Rob's two teenage sons.
"At first my family lost their minds," Anna explains. "They were livid and the only person I had that accepted us from the start was my grandma and she passed away in January 2016.
"As of 2018 most of my family have come to be very accepting and supportive of our relationship. My mum still has never spoke to or met Rob and doesn't have any intention to.
"His family was a bit worried at first but that quickly went away after actually meeting me. The only thing there is Rob's brother and his brother's wife can't stand me."
And it's not just their families that have given them grief, Anna says they also get stick on social media, but adds that by and large people are pretty accepting.
"It's mainly just mean trolls on social media that have negative things to say," she said. "Other than that we've just been told 'good for you' or 'as long as you're happy'.
"The younger spouse isn't always in it for the money. There are a lot of other factors and situations that play out that make the money not worth it - if a partner has more money, that's not always the case."
The couple, who have been together for six years, now plan to get married, but not anytime soon.
Ann continued: "Although we do plan to get married one day (years from now not in the near future), we don't plan on having children together he has two of his own, while I have five siblings and work with young children.
"I also like to spoil and spend money on myself a lot, so I just don't feel like kids are on the cards for me in general or for us and our relationship.
"Rob has two kids of his own and we get along. They're teenagers so they're kind of in the stage of doing their own thing now. I met them after eight months of dating Rob."
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