In today's Daily Mail, a middle-aged British mom dishes the dirt on her seven-year-long love affair with her son's longtime close friend. While the arrangement (now) pleases all three of them, it didn't make Daily Mail readers any happier or hopeful about their own love lives…
…which is a shame since the romance is genuine and quite beautiful, really. Twenty-year-olds Theo and Oli, who were good buds in secondary school, were hanging out on a three-week vacation when Theo took a liking to Oli's mom. He flirted with her but tried for nothing more than a goodbye peck on the cheek. Days later, they bumped into each other at a local bar, got drunk and confessed their feelings for each other. After a whirlwind few days (that included doing the deed), Oli's mom, who is not married, took her son aside and confessed everything.
If you don't want me to see Theo anymore, she said, I'll stop right now. But he gave his consent and the relationship has been going on for seven years now, despite Oli changing his mind back and forth a few times. (He's now all-aboard, according to this piece.)
But check out the typical mean-spirited reactions from the Mail bag: