“I’m 24, my wife is 43 – she used to be my boss and people think she’s my mother”
Breyannah, 24, married her boss Michelle Henry-Dailey, 43, after developing a ‘big crush’ on her and rejoined a dating app after leaving her job – but is constantly mistaken for his wife’s daughter.
A woman who married her boss despite a 19-year age difference says strangers keep mistaking her for her mother. Breyannah, 24, had a “huge crush” on her manager Michelle Henry-Dailey, 43, while they worked together at Sprouts Farmers Market in April 2018.
Breyannah didn’t act on her feelings, but a year later, after quitting the farmers market, in August 2019, she spotted Michelle on a dating app. The couple sent messages and moved in just two months later. Michelle popped the question in May 2021 while on vacation in Hawaii, and the couple tied the knot the following year.
The 19-year age difference has never bothered the couple or their family – despite Breyannah’s aunts Jamie, 47, Jennifer, 42, Elizabeth, 40, and Jicole, 39, all being close to his wife.
The couple are used to strangers mistaking them for mother and daughter, but say they “laugh every time” and at every mean online comment.
Breyannah, a content creator from Phoenix, Arizona, USA, said: “I fell in love with him and barely knew him. He was my orientation teacher on my first day at Sprouts, and he ended up being my boss.
“I quit, but a year later I found a dating app. First I found him on Here and we didn’t hook up, but then we met on OkCupid and Michelle messaged me.
“I said, ‘I remember you, you used to be my boss. Now we are constantly joking and teasing each other.
“We get to lunch and people will say, ‘Aww, you took your mom to lunch.’ Or the other day when I was looking at my car, Michelle turned around and they said, ‘Ah, your mom is with you.'” We laugh every time. .”
Breyannah first laid eyes on Michelle when she was teaching her orientation on her first day on the job.
A year later, Michelle became Breyannah’s boss in April 2018, but nothing happened between the two and Breyannah quit in July of the same year.
The couple reconnected a year later in August 2019 after meeting on a dating app.
Breyannah said: “Michelle texted me and I told her we worked together in the past. She didn’t know I was gay at the time. We moved in within two months.”
Michelle added: “When we worked together, it was only for a couple of months. When Breyannah told me that we were working together at the time, she was in love with me – I had no idea.”
Their relationship blossomed and Michelle proposed in May 2021 at Glass Beach in Kauai, Hawaii.
Breyannah said: “All my friends said they were going to do it. He popped the question at Glass Beach and I was like, ‘I knew.’ It was beautiful.”
The couple tied the knot in February 2022 and now have two dogs: a black labrador named Shay and a golden retriever named Sunny.
The couple is no stranger to hateful comments, but don’t let it affect their relationship.
Breyannah said: “They say he groomed me. They don’t know what love is. I’m not a victim, it’s just love.”
Michelle added: “I think people tend to judge without first trying to understand or see that there’s nothing wrong with our love for each other.
“We met as adults and it wouldn’t be any different than any other two adults meeting and falling in love.”
Breyannah says she naturally finds older people attractive and has celebrity crushes on actresses Sarah Paulson, 48, Sandra Bullock, 58, and Cate Blanchett, 53.
She said: “I find older people more attractive. I wasn’t looking for it, but it just fell into place. Sarah Paulson is my celebrity crush. Michelle pointed out that I like people with longer faces.”
The happy couple plan to shop, RV and travel across America with their dogs and enjoy spending time going to festivals, trying new restaurants and being outdoors.
Michelle said: “We talked about the age gap and whether it could be an issue, but once we talked and spent time together, we never felt like there was an age gap.
“We both got along so well and had such a good relationship with each other that to this day it doesn’t seem like there’s an age gap.”
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