The world’s first couple with Down syndrome to get married are still happy and inseparable 27 years later! Metro reports that Gareth and Deana first met time at their local community center in Cumbria, England, back in 1981.
At the time, Gareth was just 17 years old and Deana was 19. Now, almost thirty years later, the couple are still deeply in love and inseparable.
“I put up with Deana and she puts up with me.” Gareth says.
Talking to Metro, Deana revealed that she was first attracted to Gareth by the striking mop of red hair on had head. “I thought “he’s ginger”. I like gingers. He had a beard at the time as well. A red one. I’m ginger as well.” She said.
On his part, Gareth revealed that he was in demand when he first fell for Deana. “Before I met Deana I had three girlfriends. I chose the right one, and that’s Deana.” He revealed to Metro.
The doting pair initially started off as good friends. Their families didn’t realize how serious things were between them until 10 years later.
“We didn’t know an awful lot about their relationship until they started talking about getting married.” Gareth’s mother, 80-year-old Anne, said.
Gareth added, “We went away on holiday in Blackpool and got engaged down there. It was Deana’s birthday.”
Soon after the proposal, the lovebirds tied the knot in front of their family and friends on July 4, 1992 making their marriage the longest of any couple with Down syndrome.
Deana said, “I still love him. Look at him now, he’s like an old man.”
What an incredible story of love against the odds! We’re wishing Gareth and Deana many years of love and happiness together.
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