Both of them felt comfort in each other when their respective relationships were falling apart, and soon they realized they were in love.
Erica Quiggle, 31, from Harrodsburg, Kentucky, got married the first time when she was just 19. She got married to factory worker Justin Towell, who is the father of her nine-year-old son. Now 38, Justin and Erica couldn't work out their differences, and they decided to call it quits. At the time, she needed a shoulder to lean on and she found a pillar of support in her ex-husband's stepfather, Jeff Quiggle, 60. Soon enough, she found that she was beginning to have feelings for Jeff, but she tried to conceal them, worried about how it would ruin the dynamics of their relationship. Also, the 30-year age gap was a bit worrisome. However, according to Daily Mail, Jeff was also going through a divorce.
Woman MARRIES her father-in-law who comforted her when her marriage to stepson broke down https://t.co/QqXxcnCcWQ— Daily Mail US (@DailyMail) April 20, 2021
In 2017, when both parties were finally single, she was surprised to know that Jeff felt the same way about her. She reportedly knew Jeff since she was 16 as she was friends with Justin's sister at the time. The two eventually decided to go ahead with their relationship and soon made it public. The two got married and in 2018, their daughter Brexlee was born. "It sounds scandalous, but we had this love we could not deny. Despite everything, our relationship is now perfect." Speaking about their age difference, she said, "Jeff is the young soul and I'm the old soul. He laughs when I say that, but it all worked out – and Justin was the most understanding person."
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Erica and Justin have managed to stay friends through it all, proving that not all relationships need to end badly. Justin has remarried as well, but the two of them share custody of their son. "Everything's all good now between us. There's no hatred there anymore. We talk about our son and we're both moving on with our lives," said Justin. Jeff, meanwhile, says he's found his soulmate in Erica. "We really enjoy each other the way we are and we're going to enjoy the time we have. We've never looked at the age difference – we just fell in love the way we are."
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Now, Erica reportedly left school in 2008 and moved in with her then-boyfriend. Somehow, their relationship did not sustain and she called it off with him. In 2010, she found a job to support herself and that's when she met Justin. She felt like he was the right one for her and their relationship soon turned into a marriage. Sadly, it didn't have the sparks and even the birth of their child couldn't mend the relationship. Career-wise, too, Erica was doing so well, but Justin preferred staying at home, so there were issues regarding that as well. All in all, it just was a very turbulent relationship.
"I loved my child so much and he was why I had stayed in my marriage. It was heartbreaking taking him away from his home with his dad. I loved my child so much and he was why I had stayed in my marriage. It was heartbreaking taking him away from his home with his dad." Jeff was beside her, helping her get out of that mental space while he was going through a divorce himself, but soon enough he admitted how he really felt about her. Finally, they moved in together, after realizing that they couldn't ignore their feelings. "Living together was the best thing ever. Everyone argues, but it was just peaceful. We spent all our time together, we went on trips, he took me places."
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A while after, she got pregnant with Brexlee and then Jeff proposed to her. "It was a very special moment." Erica is now very happy with Jeff, but she is keen on putting an end to rumors that suggest she divorced her husband because of his stepfather with whom she's in a relationship. "When we made the decision to divorce our marriage just wasn't working," she said. However, the two are happy and even Justin has given the couple his blessings. "It's been a few years now since all of this happened, and I've left it behind me and moved on. We have a pretty good relationship – and we have to make it work regardless for our son."