Updated: January 27, 2023
- Julia Zelg and Eileen De Freest met on Tinder, and have never let their 37 year age gap get in the way of their relationship.
- Zelg is a 24-year-old YouTuber from Brazil, while De Freest is a 61-year-old political social media professional.
- They told Barcroft TV they get mean comments about their age difference. But their family and friends are supportive of their relationship.
- In fact, they recently got married, and Zelg’s mother walked her down the aisle.
- “You have my heart, my mind, my body, and soul for as long as I live” Zelg said in her emotional vows. “I am forever yours, my Eileen, in this life, and for all eternity.”
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Julia Zelg is a 24-year-old YouTuber from Brazil who lives in London. She uploads videos of her holidays, fashion, and makeup on her channel, but also vlogs about her relationship with her girlfriend — 61-year-old political social media professional Eileen De Freest.
The couple met on Tinder and said it was love at first sight, in a video for Barcroft TV.
“I used to think that most older women wouldn’t be that interested in their sex lives, but I guess I was wrong,” Zelg said.
The couple recently got married, which was filmed for a second Barcroft TV mini-documentary. And although the pair are incredibly happy together, they get comments and judgments from people about their relationship, which has a 37 year age gap.
“It’s like kissing my mom,” one person commented. Another asked, “Are you a pedophile?”
Zelg said comments about how their relationship must be for money annoy her, because they pay for everything equally.
“We will not let any haters stop us, because we just love each other,” she said.
Many people even mistake De Freest for Zelg’s mother or grandmother in public.
“I’m not her other, I’m her lover,” she said. “I’m her girlfriend, I’m her partner.”
But it’s clearly only the opinions of the ones closest to the couple which they care about the most. Zelg’s mother, who lives in Brazil, is a few years younger than De Freest, but she supports their relationship fully. She even walked Zelg down the aisle.
According to the couple, it was their clear love for each other that won over family and friends. So when Zelg proposed to De Freest at a concert, they had a ceremony filled with supportive loved ones.
Before the ceremony, Zelg said De Freest would be the “most beautiful bride ever.” De Freest said she was sure Zelg would wear something tasteful and interesting. “I know I’ll love every stitch on her,” she said.
“You have my heart, my mind, my body, and soul for as long as I live” Zelg said in her emotional, self-written vows. “I am forever yours, my Eileen, in this life, and for all eternity.”
Through tears, De Freest’s vows started with saying she would almost certainly outlive Zelg.
“I want you to know that I want you always to be open to love,” she said. “So I know that after me, you will always be wholly loved and appreciated for the entirety of your beautiful life.”
After the ceremony, De Freest’s sister-in-law told Barcroft TV that the last thing she expected was for her to be married, but she was really happy for her.
“The age somewhat surprised me,” she said. “But knowing Eileen she loves fun and she loves life, and when she told me about Julia it just seemed like that would be the perfect person for Eileen.”
Zelg’s mother said she was “very happy.”
“Because my daughter is happy as well,” she said. “All the moments were very special for me. So beautiful. I enjoyed everything.”
You can watch the full video of the ceremony below.