Teenager marries a 62-year-old granddad - and they're trying for a baby
A teenager who married a 62-year-old granddad has hit out at trolls who have called him a 'child snatcher'.
Samantha Simpson, 19, met her husband JR through mutual friends when she was just 18, and they fell for each other after months of talking.
The couple's relationship hasn't been entirely smooth as trolls have called her husband a 'paedophile'.
Her family didn't accept the age-gap relationship, so Samantha moved into her own apartment in Berryville, Arkansas, US.
Retired JR moved in with her before they got their first joint home in Wichita, Kansas, six months ago.
The couple quickly got engaged, and married on January 8, 2018 after dating for one year. Now they're trying to start a family of their own.
Student Samantha claims they receive daily abuse from strangers - calling her husband a 'child snatcher', 'paedophile' and mistaking him for her granddad.
Samantha said: "When we are out in public, we have strangers mistaking us for granddad and granddaughter all of the time and it can really upset me.
"But it's even worse when people call JR a 'child snatcher' or a 'paedophile' when they see us hold hands or kiss in public.
"There's not a moment when we are out and about that someone doesn't make a comment about our relationship, and it's just exhausting.
The couple are now trying to have children together (Image: Caters News Agency)
"We have had enough of a hard time with family and friends not accepting our relationship, that when strangers do it too it just becomes too much.
"We just want people to realise that we are happily married and serious about our relationship - and other people shouldn't be discriminating us in such a way."
After meeting JR, Samantha claims that she instantly fell for him due to his looks and his gentlemanly manner.
She said: "When I saw JR I was automatically drawn to how well presented he was and the fact that he was such a gentleman.
"He was very well spoken whenever we met, and also when we would talk over the phone and text, he was just something I had never found in a man before.
The couple now live together after their Samantha's family could not accept the age gap (Image: Caters News Agency)
"I have dated men who have been closer to my age before, but they've been very immature and haven't known how to treat their partner.
"Being with JR is completely different - he's so mature and treats me like a Queen, there's nothing that I would change about him or our relationship."
Despite other people's opinions on their relationship, the newlyweds are both taking their relationship very seriously and are even trying to have children.
Samantha said: "Although JR had a child from a previous relationship, we want to have children of our own and start a family.
The pair got married on January 2018 (Image: Caters News Agency)
"We are currently trying to get pregnant as we feel the time is right - we've just got married and we have our own place, so why wouldn't we want to?
"Hopefully when we have a child the abuse will stop, as we don't want to raise a child in an environment where they have to hear nasty slurs about their father.
"We hope that by sharing the story of our relationship, people will realise that it isn't a joke and we are very serious about one another despite our age gap and appearances."
Samantha Simpson, 19, with her husband JR Simpson, 62, who receive abuse on a daily basis from strangers (Image: Caters News Agency)