Former Coronation Street star Chris Quinten has addressed the 40 year age gap with his 21-year-old fiancée, Robyn Delabarre.
The 61-year-old actor and strip club manager hit the headlines this week when his girlfriend of seven months was rushed to hospital with sun stroke in Mykonos.
But after making a full recovery, the love birds appeared on This Morning with Phil and Holly today where they shared some details on how they met, fell in love and why the massive age gap isn’t an issue for them.
When asked if it was love at first sight, Chris said: ‘It was for me,’ and Robyn agreed they had an ‘instant connection’.
Chris played Brian Tilsley in the soap until 1989 before moving into club management and it was at Hammersmith spot, Secrets where he and Robyn met.
Robyn revealed that she had been working as a nanny from aged 16 before starting to work at a strip club.
‘I had no relationship with the girls in the club whatsoever,’ Chris explained. ‘So I did not expect to fall in love with a dancer.
‘There was just something about Robin’s demeanour and personality and when she told me she was a nanny I thought she was a really good person.’
He added: ‘I fell in love with her personality.’
The pair realised they had a lot in common and began dating but had to keep it a secret.
Robyn revealed to a shocked Phil and Holly that her own parents are aged just 38 and 40 – 20 years younger than her husband to be.
‘We had to keep it a secret which was really hard for me,’ Robyn explained. ‘I had to lie to other dancers and my family.’
Her family found it ‘really difficult at first’ but are supportive now.
However, the couple admitted they haven’t spoken to Robyn’s dad yet.
‘I’ve spoken to her mum and they all love me thankfully,’ Chris said.
As for kids, Robyn is keen and Chris said he will give her ‘his blessing to find love’ after he dies.
This Morning airs weekdays on ITV at 10.30am.
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