AGE may be just a number, but 34 is pretty high one, as far as age-gap relationships go.
However, Milind Soman, a 52-year-old Indian actor, clearly isn’t fussed about the hefty gap between himself and his much-younger girlfriend.
The New York Post reports that the Bollywood actor has seriously divided opinion after striking up a relationship with Ankita Konwar, an 18-year-old flight attendant.media_camera
Snaps of Millind and Ankita, taken while the pair were on holiday in Tromso, Norway, went viral faster than you can say “34 years” when they were shared on Instagram over the weekend.
The couple have been together for four months now, and while some fans are pleased for the pair, not everyone has been so supportive.media_camera
One critic tweeted: “All the idiots supporting Milind Soman - imagine that is your daughter. Legal, illegal, of age or not - would you still approve it??”
Another tweeter joked: “I’m inspired by Milind Soman’s story. I’m waiting for my boyfriend to be born anytime now.”
But not everyone has been slamming the controversial relationship.
One commenter wrote: “I just caught up on the Milind Soman outrage, 2 consenting adults. You don’t have to approve. They didn’t ask for your approval.”
And, referring to the actor’s buff physique, another supportive Tweeter said: “If you needed more reasons to figure out why an 18yr old is head over heels in love with Milind Soman, look no further. Beat it!”
Born in Glasgow, Milind Soman moved to India as a seven-year-old, settling in Mumbai with his family.
He is divorced, and his latest relationship has made headlines all over the Indian press.
But Dating expert Tammy Shaklee, founder of match-making service He’s For Me, doesn’t think the years between the two are a deal-breaker.
She told the Washington Post: “I do believe everyone deserves their special someone, whatever that looks like to them.
“I do know couples with a 30-year age difference who are genuinely in love. Love is love — as long as it’s a legal age, of course.”
This article originally appeared on The Sun and has been republished with permission.
Originally published as Actor’s 34-year age gap with girlfriend