18-year-old Chase Gabbard first made a move on mum-of-three Jaimee Brown, 39, after they met when Chase was 11, through him becoming best friends with her son Jaice, now 16. The pair, from Corbin, Kentucky, USA, spent years getting to know one another and became closer from 2013 when they began jogging together to help her lose weight – running up to ten miles a day.
Within a year Jaimee had shed more than seven stone, but it wasn’t until Chase turned 18 that he realised he was attracted to his best friend’s mother and kissed her. Shocked by their attraction to one another, the pair began dating and found they had more in common than not. They claim Jaice is happy for them. Jaimee, a claims agent, said: ‘I had no idea about Chase or my feelings before he kissed me, it was a total shock but since then we have been inseparable. ‘I have three kids, so the first thing was that I had to be sure they were OK with it, as they are my number one priority.
‘But none of them had a problem, we all loved each other anyway and when we told Jaice he was fine with it too – they are still best friends. ‘The first proposal happened during a scavenger hunt was a surprise, I had no idea, I went all over town to end in my bathroom closet. ‘I don’t think you can put a time limit on love, if you know you know. ‘I have to wait for my divorce to come through, but we have already planned our beautiful wedding and written our own vows.’ Chase cannot pinpoint when his feelings for Jaimee turned from friendly to romantic but took a ‘gamble’ weeks after turning 18 when he kissed her.