LONDON (Reuters) – A man in his late 30s and a former teacher who met in a classroom in north London are hoping to become a couple after being together for a decade.
A former teacher, Christopher and Mary (both married), met in 2006 and have been together for eight years, according to a press release from their local authority.
They have three children.
A statement on their website says:”The idea for this journey came after we met for coffee at an English language class.
After hearing about the difficulties of dating, we decided to try it ourselves.
We have been dating for almost four years and are looking forward to the day we can finally say ‘I do’.”
We are looking to start a family after the holidays and the couple is planning to have a baby girl by the end of 2017.
“The couple have had two children and are now in a long-term relationship with another teacher, Peter, who is married and has two daughters.
A spokesman for Thames Valley Local Area Authority said:”It’s a fantastic feeling when someone you love makes the leap to a new relationship.”
They were interviewed by the BBC about the story and shared their stories with the BBC News website, which published their stories.
The couple were contacted by the Press Association after their story was published.
They said they had wanted to get married for two years, but had never been in a relationship before.
They were also looking for a new place to live.”
We’ve had a lot of pressure to get a wedding planned for next year but that was never going to be possible, so we’ve decided to start this journey ourselves,” the couple said.”
If you or someone you know is in love, it’s really important to say ‘we love you’ because you never know when you’ll be together again.
“Their story has been shared by more than 60,000 people and is one of many in England, Wales and Northern Ireland which have been reporting on a new trend of people in love having a break-up and having children.
There are reports of people marrying their college professors in a bid to have children after graduation, and others marrying their doctors after completing their residency.
The BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire reported on one case of a man marrying his high school teacher after two years of marriage and two kids.