A toy boy who wed a 71-year-old granny after meeting at her son’s funeral has revealed she’s had a serious heart attack.
Gary Hardwick, from Tennessee, was just 17 when he met Almeda, then a widow, in 2015 and despite a massive 53-year age gap the pair tied the knot just two weeks later.
Gary says he was drawn to the nan’s sparkling blue eyes and she couldn’t keep them off him during the funeral, describing him as “a bright light through the grief”.
Five years on and they are as loved-up as ever and despite Almeda being diagnosed with three high-risk “blockages” in her heart the pair’s relationship shows no signs of slowing down.
In a recent TikTok video Gary thanked the couple’s followers for showing “overwhelming love and support” during the health scare.
He said he loved her more than ever, revealing the grandmother suffered the attack in April and is awaiting further tests.
He said: “Almeda had a heart attack.
“She had a stent. Her artery was clogged 100%, another was clogged at 90%. Two more were pretty clogged.
“It was high risk. Pray for her.”
He added: “The three blockages she has to her heart are are high risk.
“We are praying he [the doctor] inserts all three stents and she will not have to do heart surgery.”
The couple are known for their playful and intimate posts, which often feature the pair serenading each other and snogging.
Their taboo relationship has also won them plenty of media attention, including appearing on Loose Women to declare “age is just a number”.
And the pair’s relationship appears to be lasting.
On their fourth anniversary Gary gushed: “Four years ago on this very day, I gave my heart and my soul to the woman who steals it over and over again every day.
“Until the day I met you I never knew that it was possible to love someone so deeply.
“We’ve been through ups and downs together that we always overcame, looking back, it truly only made us stronger.
“Because of you, I look forward to waking up each morning and working hard so we can achieve our goals and dreams.”
The couple are also very open when it comes to their sex lives.
Describing the first time they had sex on their wedding night Gary revealed: “It was wonderful, beyond my wildest dreams.
“She really is my dream woman and the physical side of our relationship couldn’t be better.”
After getting hitched the unlikely couple moved into Almeda’s home which she already share with a grandson three years older than her new husband.
Of their unconventional relationship Almeda said: “I wasn’t looking for a young man, but Gary just came along.
She added, “I just knew straight away that he was the one.”
The lovebirds met at Ameda’s eldest son Robert’s funeral.