Woman, 24, who fell in love with man, 68, say they're like any couple

Woman, 24, who fell in love with man, 68, after they bonded over their battles with substance abuse insists they’re like any other couple despite strangers thinking she’s after his money due to 44-year age gap

  • Conni Cotten, 24, from Charlottesville, Virginia, met Herb Dickerson, 68, in 2018
  • The couple moved in together within four months and got engaged last year
  • Conni revealed how she’s been branded a ‘sugar baby’ by strangers

A woman who fell in love with a man 44 years her senior insist they’re like any other couple despite strangers thinking she was after his money.

Conni Cotten, 24, met fiancé, Herb Dickerson, 68, back in 2018 when she started volunteering at the homeless shelter where he worked in their hometown, Charlottesville, Virginia.

The couple moved in together within four months and got engaged last year while Conni was celebrating 18 months of sobriety.

While Conni admits she’s been branded a ‘sugar baby’ by strangers but they’ve managed to convince their loved ones that they’re just a couple in love.

‘People were shocked when we got together,’ said farm worker, Conni. ‘The most common comment I get is people thinking that I’m with him for money, they think it’s a sugar daddy relationship or they think he’s with me just for sex because I’m a younger woman.’

Conni Cotten, 24, from Charlottesville, Virginia, fell in love with Herb Dickerson, 68, who is 44 years her senior, has insisted they’re like any other couple despite strangers thinking she was after his money

The couple (pictured, together) met back in 2018 when Conni started volunteering at the homeless shelter where Herb worked in their hometown

The loved-up duo (pictured) moved in together within four months and got engaged last year while Conni was celebrating 18 months of sobriety

‘My family were shocked initially and they weren’t a fan of the relationship. They were concerned for my safety but they’ve accepted him over time because they can trust him and how happy he makes me. They love him like family now. ‘

Farm worker Conni says she felt an instant attraction to Herb and their connection grew as they bonded over their recoveries from substance abuse.

‘We were both in recovery and that’s what really drew me to him,’ she explained. 

‘He proposed in 2020 as I was celebrating 18 months sober. You get a medallion to mark the time but he gave me a ring instead.

Conni admits she’s been branded a ‘sugar baby’ by strangers but the couple have managed to convince their loved ones that they’re in love. Pictured, together

Farm worker Conni says she felt an instant attraction to Herb and their connection grew as they bonded over their recoveries from substance abuse (pictured, together)

‘When we first met, I was immediately attracted to him and we had an instant connection. I started flirting with him and he was really surprised.

‘We started spending time together. It moved pretty quickly from there.’

Herb added: ‘I didn’t know what to think at first. It was a bit unusual that she was flirting with me and I was on the job at the time.

‘I don’t know why she was attracted to me but she came on really strong.

‘My family said she was too young and some people said she wanted money but they’ve come around over time.

Conni admits she worries about the future and how much time she might have left with Herb but wants to make the most of the time they do have together (pictured)

Herb said he didn’t know why Conni was attracted to him, adding that she ‘came on really strong’ (pictured, together)

‘I lived with her parents for a year throughout lockdown so they got to know me really well.

‘We’re from two different races so it was a culture shock as well.

‘She has a completely different energy compared to women my age. She’s really outgoing.’

Conni admits she worries about the future and how much time she might have left with Herb but wants to make the most of the time they do have together.

Herb said that Conni (pictured, together) has a completely different energy compared to women his age – adding that she’s ‘really outgoing’

Herb believes that one benefit of being with a younger woman is that Conni still has aspirations and goals. Pictured, together

She said: ‘I have thought about the fact that Herb might not be around for as long as me but I would rather spend the time we have together than give it up.

‘There are so many benefits to being with an older man. I want a simple life with no games or complications. I just want a life full of family and happiness.

‘Herb has said to me that one benefit of being with a younger woman is that I still have aspirations and goals.

‘I’m really goal driven and lots of women his age may not have goals anymore.’

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