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A student fell in love with a man 27 years her senior after meeting online and bonding over their shared love of philosophy.
Jana Leonhardt, 21, wasn't looking for love when she stumbled upon the YouTube channel of philosophy teacher Peter Heinrich, 48, just over three years ago.
But after she started watching one of his videos, she soon realised she felt drawn to him and decided to send out an email, telling him a little bit about herself and explaining that she'd love to talk to him more about philosophy.
Now the two are in a happy relationship and argue that 'love doesn't have an age' - not that their disapproving parents see it that way.
After Peter responded to Jana's initial email, the two started messaging each other for three months, before switching to FaceTime, where they would talk for hours.
Eventually, they decided it was time to meet up in person, and Peter drove just under 250 miles from his home in Frankfurt, Germany, to see Jana in December 2017.
It was love at first sight for Jana, but Peter was hesitant at first due to their huge age difference.
However, after two years of casual dating, he finally decided he couldn't hold back his feelings any longer and asked Jana to be his girlfriend.
Although their parents and friends didn't support the relationship at first, they've since learnt to accept it.
Jana said: "I had never dreamed of being with an older man, especially at 18 years old. I was focused on my education and didn't have time to think about relationships.
"I was hoping to study either philosophy or psychology at university, as I had a strong interest in both topics. Because of this, I spent most of my free time watching educational videos on YouTube, when I stumbled across one in my suggestions with a really interesting title.
"I began watching the video, when I realised I had started to zone out of what was being said and was focusing on how nice the man in the video came across and how dreamy his voice was."
Jana continued: "We spoke for hours into the night, where we eventually suggested meeting up in person.
"I knew my parents wouldn't approve of me meeting up with someone much older, so I asked him to visit me in my hometown, even though I lived nearly two-hundred-and-fifty-miles away from him.
"We met about four weeks after that video call and as soon as he approached me, my heart dropped. I felt love at first sight, and within a few hours of us talking and walking around the city, we kissed.
"Even though we both fell in love with each other there and then, we still checked to make sure both of us were comfortable with the situation and we agreed to meet up a few more times to make sure it was right.
"Although I didn't care what anybody else thought, Peter wasn't too sure and the age gap caused him to feel insecure.
"We kept talking and meeting up every now and again, but we kept our love a secret from everyone, which was difficult, as I had to keep lying to my parents about where I was going and who I was talking to, which was hard for me."
After Jana moved out last year to go to university, she and Peter began seeing more of each other - making the time right for her to tell friends and family about him.
She said: "Although my friends were completely supportive, my parents rejected our relationship completely.
"I think my relationship has damaged mine with my parents, and Peter's parents refuse to see us together - but we're not going to give up on love just because of what they and others think."
Jana and Peter have since started an Instagram page called @30chronia together, spreading their message that love doesn't have an age limit.
She added: "Although we have our struggles with living so far apart, we have both grown personally within our relationship and we have so much fun together, that he makes me feel on top of the world.
"We have never had an argument, because we know that communication is so important, especially within a long distance relationship and I really feel like I have met my soulmate.
"I would encourage anyone in an age gap relationship to be open with everyone about it - don't hide it and be honest. Even if some people won't accept it, it doesn't matter what they think, as the most important thing is that you are both happy.
"Love doesn't have an age, nor does happiness and I couldn't picture life without my soulmate by my side."
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