Though we had 23 years between us, our age gap didn't bother me. Steve looks younger than he is, and is very stylish. He's also a great listener, and he asked me about everything, from my family to being a foreign-exchange student to what it would be like if I left Ukraine.
Beware of people who claim to have an "age difference" but are apologetic about it and claim that they are the "exception to the rule" (I'm exceptionally mature for my age, he's very young-looking and active for his, and neither of us were "looking for" an age-gapped relationship).
Why is it so important to this story that "Steve looks younger than he is"? Would he be an abuser or exploiter if he didn't? And what does being a "good listener" have to do with how old he is or looks?
I belong to two web sites called AgelessLove.com and MindTheAgeGap.com, and most of the people on both of those sites either see me as a troll or have written me off. I get zero responses to most of my messages and, quite frankly, good riddance to both of them!
They are typical of the American dating scene with the perfect disguise. On both of those sites, though they "advocate" for age-gaps, you are a weirdo if you go looking for someone not your age. Both are apologetic to parents who have fits that their daughter is dating a guy (gasp!!!) ten years older than her, and both sites read more like victim support forums than people who really rally behind someone's right to have a dating preference.
The American dating scene is the American dating scene, no matter how you dress it up or what embellishments you top it with. The woman in this story fits that profile to a tee.
Real foreign women don't have hangups about superficial things like looks, money or age. Real foreign women (who were brought up with old-world values) are looking for a real lover, a responsible husband and a good provider spiritually and emotionally as well as monetarily; and that has nothing to do with goose-bumps, butterflies in the stomach or someone who looks "hot" like "Tom Cruise" at 25.
The woman in this story is a phony and a fake. She is "Brittney Spears" with a Russian accent.