It's not that unusual when two lovebirds meet through the Internet. But how often does a 19-year-old woman fall in love and wants to marry a 53-year-old man? That's basically the story of Michaela Matson, from Nebraska, who fell in love with a truck driver William Maldera after meeting him on an app. Michaela was attracted by William's handsome photo online, and spent months chatting over video multiple times a week.
"The first time I saw William's photo, I was thinking 'Wow, he's handsome' and was attracted to him straight away," says Michaela. "I liked his nose, it's cute and crooked - because his mom broke it as a child - then he has the most gorgeous light brown eyes that are completely breath-taking. I didn't know who he was at first, but he caught my eye and after we started talking more and more, gradually I realised I was falling for this man. We were video calling on Facebook almost daily, if not three to four times a week, dependent on his work and my school schedule."
"He made the first big move by saying 'I love you' and I said it back a month later, he hit all the right areas with me apart from me living in America and him in Canada," she continued. "I've been called his daughter quite a few times, but he proudly tells them she's my fiancé, other times we laugh it off while they apologise." However, their first meeting wasn't that easy. "My plan was to go and visit him without telling my mom other than leaving a note, but my man wanted me to tell her before I left," recounts the teen.
"Then both my mom and William wanted me to tell my dad, I had a bad feeling about telling him and I have never seen him so upset in my life. He threatened to disown me if I decided to keep dating William. Then I was sent to see a psychologist, who agreed with what my parents wanted that I had to 'end it' with William. When Michaela was texting William, her dad would ask if she's texting "the piece of ****."
However, she was persistent: "Because I had given my mom my passport after telling my parents about, what should have been, my vacation with William, I had to apply for a new one and set aside money for myself to move in with him. 'But as soon as I saw him at the airport I dropped my luggage and ran, I was so excited and overwhelmed to finally meet face to face. He made me feel like I was at home immediately and it's been great ever since, a few months ago he asked me to be his wife, I couldn't ask for a better man as a husband."
The couple is already planning their future. "We are hoping to get married next August or September, I want to wait for my family to come around a little more and adapt," says Michaela. "I left the wrong way, but my parents are slowly accepting it and told me 'It's my life', and neither want to lose me."