A Kiwi man has become his friend's stepdad after having a relationship with his friend's mum.
Claire, a 47-year old from the United Kingdom and 22-year-old Kiwi Danyon were the focus of an episode this week of UK reality television show Age Gap Love.
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The pair believe their age gap is more accepted in Aotearoa than in other parts of the world like Britain.
"I think the population [of New Zealand] is quite laid-back. People don't judge so much here as they do in other countries," Claire said.
"I'm more likely to get high-fived than a negative comment."
She said she often struggles with whether Danyon will find her attractive in the decades to come; while Danyon said he's concerned with how Claire's children see him.
"I was more worried about if everyone in the family didn't think I would fit in, if I wouldn't be compatible," he said.
Danyon had been friends with Claire's 19-year-old son, to whom he is now his stepdad.
But Claire says it hasn't been an issue.
"I think he does really well, they relate to him. I think that's one of the benefits of having a young partner."
The couple live together in Masterton, where Danyon said his partner has shown him how to "realise things".