A 19-year-old man and his 56-year-old fiancé have gained nationwide attention in Thailand.
The teen, Wuthichai Chantaraj, first met his fiancée Janla Namuangrak when he was 10 years old after she moved next door to his family in the Akat Amnuay district in Sakhon Nakhon province.
They became friends, as the teen would regularly help the woman with her chores.
According to Wuthichai, Janla is a hardworking and honest woman. The two eventually developed feelings for one another and became a couple when Wuthichai turned 17. They have since been in a relationship for two years, reportedly unafraid to go on dates in town or show affection in public.
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“I saw her shabby house and found myself thinking of ways to help her. I admire her,” Wuthichai reportedly said. “I have been with Janla for two years now. It’s the first time in my life I felt like I wanted to make sure someone was living comfortably,” he added.
Janla is divorced from her former husband of 20 years and has three children in their 30s. She and Wuthichai only revealed their relationship to their friends and family earlier this year.
“Wuthichai is like a superhero for me. He helped me every day,” Janla reportedly said. “Then when he was older, we started to have feelings for each other. I was surprised because I have known him since he was a child.”
“He makes me feel young again and we have stayed together,” she added. “We’re happy. We will get married.”