By Stephanie Stijkel
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Videographer / director: Jesse Vogelaar
Producer: Stephanie Stijkel
Editor: Ethan Edwards
Simon, 53, and Raymas, 23, from Melbourne Australia, officially started dating mid 2017.
Having met on the dancefloor at Sidney’s Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras, neither Simon nor Raymas thought the fun night would lead to a loving relationship.
Simon told Barcroft TV: “When I first met Raymas of course I thought I can’t date someone 30 years younger than me.”
But despite the hesitation, the two kept seeing each other and deeper feelings developed.
“As I got to know him, I realised there’s really not that much difference, we feel a lot of things the same, we think the same.” Simon added.
However, it wasn’t until Raymas asked Simon to make things official, that he dared to take the plunge.
Simon said: "I gave it about 10 seconds thought and said; ‘Hell yeah, why not, let’s give this a go'.”
Although the couple have been happily together ever since, it’s the outside world that seems to need more convincing.
With a 30-year age gap, Simon and Raymas are often presumed to be father and son.
“People always mistake him as my dad” Raymas said.
But perhaps it’s the fact that Simon is a successful businessman that people are quick to judge the couple and assume Raymas has ulterior motives.
“I guess that’s what they think, it doesn’t really bother me," Raymas said. "I do live a luxurious life.”
The couple have recently started a YouTube channel to show how their relationship is taking these assumptions in their stride.
With videos that show the two enjoying holidays, fast cars and Raymas not afraid to joke about being a “sugar baby”, the judgement online is never far away.
“There’s always a lot of positive comments, but we get a lot of negative comments as well," Raymas said.
“People judging me for being with him and people judging him for being with me. It comes from both directions."
However, the couple refuse to let the trolls dictate their lives and have absolutely no plans of changing their ways.
Simon said: “Love us or ignore us, as Oscar Wilde said, 'the only thing worse than bad publicity is no publicity'."
And to the people who get to know the couple on a personal level, it doesn’t take long to realise these two men are in it for the long haul.
Their friend, Tory, added: “You know when you see someone and there’s a certain look between the couple, how they almost finish each other’s conversations.
“You realise wow, they’re really in tune with each other, there’s really a feeling there.”
Despite the age gap and judgement, Simon and Raymas couldn’t be happier together.
Ryamas said: “Ever since meeting Simon, he’s brought so much joy and love into my life that I just hadn’t been feeling in a long time and it has literally been the best two and a half years of my life.”