A young girl who fell in love with a bus driver twenty-two-years older than her has been shunned by her family and cut her out for over a year.
Laura Kreuzter, 20, from Selm, Germany, first met ‘the love of her life’ three years ago on a bus that she took every day.
Kai Semmelmann, 43 was the bus driver and after locking eyes several times in the rear-view mirror, Laura plucked up the courage to speak to him.
She tracked him down on Facebook and a couple of days later, the pair met for a coffee and fell head-over-heals.
The 22-year age gap didn’t worry Laura at all, but Kai was slightly apprehensive at first as he was worried about what people would think of them.
Laura’s parents were not impressed by her relationship and didn’t talk to her for a year when they first got together and still refuse to speak to Kai today.
Despite this, the couple live together and have been through more than most after Kai suffered a heart attack in April last year.
Kai said: “My girlfriend Laura always had to travel by bus and she would always take my bus.
“She thought that I was really nice but she didn’t care to talk to me very much.
“But one day, she wrote to me on Facebook and we met a few days later for a coffee and then fell in love with each other.
“It was love at first sight. Laura loved my looks and personality right from the start and the same goes for me. We were attracted to each other from the start.
“Our age difference is twenty-two-years and for Laura, this was not a problem but I struggled because of what people might think of us.
“Laura’s parents were so outraged and the contact between Laura and her parents was put on ice. After about a year, Laura’s mother returned to Laura and started talking to her again.
“I still have no contact with Laura’s family, because they do not want to accept me.”
Laura said: “For me, it was a very bad situation because parents should actually be happy if their daughter is happy and they are at their happiest when in a relationship.
“It was terrible because Kai is the love of my life. When Kai had his heart attack, I was with him for every second and I supported him wherever I could.
“I was scared to death that I would lose him and I wouldn’t have been able to handle that so I helped him where I could.”
Laura and Kai do receive funny looks when they are out and about in public but they are now looking forward to moving into a new apartment at the start of the year.
“I suffered a heart attack in April 2017 and that was very bad for Laura because I could not work.
“I had to visit a rehab centre in Ennepetal so she was heavily burdened during this time and wasn’t expecting something like this to happen because she was so young,” said Kai.
“We have been living together for almost three years now and have finally found a new apartment and move into it at the beginning of the year.
“There are people who say nothing but give us stupid and contemptuous looks when they see us out and about. There are also people who look the other way and there are the people who smile when they see us.
“Our message to the rest of the world and to the people who criticise us, we have love to give each other and no one in the world is going to stop that.”