A couple with a 40-year age gap claim age is just a number when it comes to their relationship.
Bernd Hasenbank, 72, and Julia Strauß, 31, met in April 2019, and excluding a brief two-month split, have been inseparable since.
The pair, who live in Frankfurt, Germany, locked eyes for the first time at a special stillness seminar last year.
Despite Bernd sharing three children with two different women from previous romances, it hasn't stopped the pair from falling in love.
In fact, two of his children are not even that much older than his partner.
Since meeting last year, the couple can't get enough of each other with Julia calling her much older partner a "wonderful lover".
She said: "We got to know each other in a special stillness seminar in April 2019.
"A few years before, I had this feeling that I would meet a man in his 70s and have a very strong connection [with].
"Leading up to the seminar, I starting getting myself in a tizzy and when I sat on a bench and watched everyone come through, I saw Bernd come in and sit down next to me and it was as if I knew him from a past life.
"Over the weekend of the seminar, it was clear there was something there and we connected."
A month later, Bernd's apartment went up in flames because Julia's laptop exploded.
She explained: "Bernd was burned and had to go to the hospital and the whole thing made us a lot closer.
"We went into a kind of nomadic period, moving from apartments to hotels to friend's places until December 2019."
Bernd added: "However, when we were ready to move into the restored apartment again, Julia met another man at work and so stepped out of our relationship for two months."
Then in February this year, the couple rekindled their romance after the brief split and now they're "closer than ever".
Explaining what he loves about his girlfriend, Bernd added: "Her physical appearance attracted me a lot at first but things soon got much deeper than that, and I discovered a wide field of inner beauty.
"I love very much that this young woman is at a similar state of self-knowledge and honesty which is very lovable and at the same time, is a great challenge for my inner processes."
Meanwhile, Julia loves that there isn't "just one thing" she adores about Bernd.
She detailed: "I love the deep way he can understand me, sometimes better than I understand myself.
"I love the way he lets me feel safe and at home, how he protects me. I love his special humour and his very poetic way of seeing the world.
"Life with him is like a special romantic science fiction poem from the '70s with lots of music."
And for the couple, age is not an issue as they see the gap as an "illusion".
Julia revealed: "The age is so relative, sometimes I'm feeling older than him and often we're feeling ageless or the same.
"When you think of physical differences, he is anything but old and we regularly exercise together, he is a wonderful lover and he has so much power and a lively spirit.
"My parents are 60 and 67 and they were and still are sceptical from time to time but separate from the age gap, they really like Bernd and it feels familiar when we're all together.
"They've even invited him to attend a large gathering next year and I'm proud that I will have him by my side."
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