Great-grandmother Joan Lloyd, 67, is set to wed a toyboy 38 years her junior after fulfilling her late husband's last wishes by getting breast implants and finding love with a younger man.
The pensioner, from Abergele, north Wales, found love after meeting Phil Absolom, 29, on Facebook. Despite the 38 year age gap, the pair insist they enjoy an regular and active sex life and now plan to wed after Phil proposed during a romantic holiday in the Canary Islands.Joan said: 'I never thought I'd tie the knot again in my lifetime but I just follow my heart. Now I'm looking forward to spending the rest of my life with him. I know it's meant to be because we're so right for each other'.
Joan was 19 when she met first husband David at a dance in 1965 and the love-struck pair quickly tied the knot.A devoted wife, she cared for him for 15 years as he battled heart and lung disease, cirrhosis of the liver, diabetes and Alzheimer's. She said: 'Before David, died he told me to get a breast implants and a toyboy after he passed away. I was shocked, but I knew he wanted me to enjoy my life. He told me I'd earned it. I know he would be proud of me now.'
Joan approached cosmetic surgeon Kevin Hancock for her breast implants and said the transformation had given her a new lease of life. Her case was so unusual, the story of her new body appeared newspapers and she was inundated with more than 500 messages on Facebook from admirers including Phil, who is only a few years older than her grandson.
She said: 'From the first moment I met Phil I felt butterflies and we just clicked. We are so much in love and our sex life is great - I'm certainly not too old for that. Like with David, I knew straight away that Phil was someone I could spend my life with. We're like two peas in a pod - it's like we've been together for years.'
Phil added: 'Joan has an amazing figure and acts so much younger than her age. I've had relationships with older women in the past but Joan is completely on my wavelength. She's amazing and I want to spend all my time with her. It's like my mum says, age is just a number.'
Although they are yet to set a date and decide on an engagement ring, the couple is already making plans - but the age-gap may make it difficult to agree on some things.
Incredibly, it's Joan who wants a blow-out hen do, complete with stripper, while Phil is more likely to stay at home for a quiet stag. And Joan would like a romantic Michael Buble song for their first dance but isn't too sure the choice will go down with Phil - who prefers 'ravey' music.
Joan said: 'My first wedding to David was arranged quite quickly so we didn't have a big celebration. But this time I want a big white wedding with a beautiful wedding dress. Phil and I have want a nice church and a manor house.
She added: 'All our families are looking forward to the wedding - and Phil's parents are really happy he's settling down.'