Woman who married best friend's dad says she's 'happier than ever'

A woman in a relationship with her best friend’s dad insists that, despite their 23-year age gap and the nasty comments they receive as a result, they’re thriving as a couple.

Becki Price, 41, first started dating Blue Price, 64, after becoming friends with his daughter Catherine Lott. Nine years later, she married the retired carpenter.

They met when Becki was 24, just a year after Blue’s previous marriage had ended.

Initially the couple faced backlash from friends as Becki was only four years older than Blue’s youngest child – plus he had grandkids a similar age to Becki’s own children.

However, after Becki’s father Graham died suddenly aged 68 following a fall, the pair decided to tie the knot and send a message to the critics.

‘I love him. He is funny, very funny. I think he’s amazing. He’s so witty and jokey,’ Becki, who was previously married once before, said today.

‘Catherine and I were best friends. We met through work. I met Blue through her and the rest is history really.

‘Blue and I used to get funny looks from people in the street but the age gap has never bothered us.

‘I lost some friends definitely after getting together with him because they found that weird.

‘So I lost my dad and that’s why we decided to get married. It was actually his wish. He kept saying “Come on, get married” and so, life is short, and we got married soon afterwards.

‘We are happier than ever now.’

More than 200 people attended their wedding at Clearwell Castle in Coleford, Gloucestershire.

Now the couple live together in Bream, Gloucestershire, with Becki’s children aged 15, 19, 22 and 24. The couple, who have no kids together, are also close to Blue’s five grandchildren whose ages range from 10 to 15.

Blue, who changed his name by deed poll from Anthony when he was 12, said he always hit it off with private PA Becki after meeting in 2006.

‘My daughter is 37, she is almost the same age as my wife,’ he said.

‘The negative comments don’t bother me one bit. Words don’t hurt me. I don’t care what people say. I know what I have. They don’t really know what I have.

‘Becki used to get comments like “Why are you with him?” or “He’s just an old man.”

‘I feel like I’m the lucky one. I don’t care what people say. We enjoy each other’s company and always have. Life is too short, so you have to enjoy your company and surroundings,’ Blue said.

He added: ‘I’ve been quite a positive person. My glass is always half full rather than half empty.

‘We just hit it off. Age never came into it, not at all. This is the longest relationship I have ever had.’

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