Antoine, do people think your relationship with Towana is a result of the difficulties you’ve faced with your own mother?
A: I’m sure they do. I mean, no one has expressed that to me, but it may seem that way to some. The thing about it is, I wasn’t, nor am I, looking for another mother. I found a woman that loves me and I love her; someone that treats me like her man and not her son. I’m no longer a child so I don’t need someone to fill a parental void. I am a GROWN man and I needed someone to fill that adult space in my heart.
How is Towana different from your mother?
A: For starters, they are two different people. It’s like asking how are apples and oranges different. My mother brought me into this world and Towana is sharing my world.
Have you ever been mistaken for mother and son in public?
A: In the beginning, yes, we were asked a number of times if he was my son or if I was his mother. Some people were just trying to be nosy and others just wanted a confirmation of what they assumed. Either way, my reply would sometimes be, “He’s not my son, he’s my daddy.”
Are there things you argue about or areas where you disagree that you think can be attributed to your age difference?
T: One thing that can be contributed to age would be Antoine’s inexperience in dealing with some of life’s curve balls.
A: Towana is experienced and has a lot a wisdom–this causes her to give unsolicited advice that sometimes comes in the form of a speech.
Do you feel like dating Towana has forced you to grow up quickly?
A: Yes, I feel like I want to be that man who can take care of his woman. I think being with Towana has pushed me to become the man God intended for me to be, just a little sooner.
Would you recommend dating outside your age group to your single friends?
T: Yes, we would recommend dating whoever you fall in love with. Whether they are younger or older, love can conquer all.
Why did you decide to propose in front of your friends and family?
A: I wanted it to be special and I wanted our family and friends to share in our confirmation of how much we truly love each other.
How did Antoine’s proposal compare to those in your past?
T: Antoine’s proposal was a total surprise. It was sweet and well thought out. I’m not a cry baby, but it brought me to tears. Best of all, it came from someone that I truly want to spend the rest of my life with.
Are you planning on having children together?
T: Yes and no. We know that there is a time limit on having children because of my age, so I told Antoine that we have a two to three-year window. We will have children if and when the time is right.
What’s next for “Team Us”?
T: World domination! Reaching our dreams and goals together. We are going to start planning for the wedding and preparing to spend our life together, but who knows? There maybe baby talk in the near future.