By Nathalie Bonney @nathaliebonney

EVEN without the 39-year age difference, Sabrina and Grant look like polar opposites

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Videographer / director: Nate Spicer

Producer:   Nathalie Bonney, Ruby Coote

Editor: Ethan Edwards

 

She wears candy pink wigs and dresses in doll-like outfits; his hair is greying and he wears smart shirts and shoes.

And while Sabrina, age 21, is studying psychology with a minor in art therapy at college; 60-year-old Grant is semi-retired.

The unlikely pair met through a dating website that pairs sugar daddies with sugar babies but both claim that what began as a strictly financial situation has turned into something more romantic – although that doesn’t stop people from assuming Sabrina is only in it for the money.

Sabrina told Barcroft TV: “I met Grant on the sugar daddy, sugar baby website initially for financial reasons. I thought I would just find a sugar daddy but now it’s for love, it’s not for money.

“When society sees us walking they think, ‘Oh I wonder how much money he gives her, she’s only in it for the money’.”

Grant added: “I was surprised to find true love online. I really didn’t expect it at all.”

Meeting online is nothing new, but meeting via a website dedicated to sugar daddies and their respective babies is less common.

In spite of how they met, Grant is uncomfortable with being called a sugar daddy.

He said: “In terms of being called a sugar daddy, I am a little bit anti being called that because of the men who have taken it in the wrong direction. Where it's just strictly money transfers for brief interludes of companionship, so that's really not my goal or direction, so I'm really not truly a sugar daddy.”

Prior to meeting Sabrina, Grant had dated some other women through the site with mixed success.

He admits he would “mostly just pay for dates” as well as trialling monthly allowance arrangements but the women “would disappear and reappear maybe the last day of the month.” 

In contrast when Sabrina and Grant met, they describe clicking immediately 

Sabrina said: “It’s like any other relationship like anyone else my age or older, I’m really happy.”

“We clicked right away.

“We just got to know each other and the more we got to know each other the more that I just liked him as a person, it wasn’t superficial.”

Grant agreed: “We kind of put money aside, we didn’t even care about money.”

For Sabrina, her relationship with Grant felt completely different to her meetings with other sugar daddies.

“Some men that I saw were unattractive, I wasn’t attracted to them so it was just about the money.

“He makes me so happy. He really does. It's not transactional, it's not about money.

“He just treats me like a princess. He really does. And I tried to treat him like the diamond he is. So I try to respect him. So he's my diamond daddy.”

But of course Grant isn’t the only ‘daddy’ in Sabrina’s life.

She currently still lives with her 57-year-old father. Three years younger than Grant, Sabrina’s father has struggled to come to terms with his daughter’s relationship

Sabrina said: “Unfortunately my mom is no longer here, but my dad, he doesn’t approve. He’s still stubborn. He does not approve of it. I don’t really tell him a lot about it.

“I noticed if I post a picture of me and Grant on Facebook, my friends will like it but my family won't like the picture.”

Grant was previously married and has three children himself. And although they know about how Grant and Sabrina met, it’s not something they openly discuss.

Grant said: “If you asked them, they would say they know, we don't discuss it or the pros and cons of it on my behalf.”

Aside from his own children, Grant and Sabrina have also had to get used to people assuming she’s his daughter.

Sabrina said: “He’s been asked actually on a number of occasions, ‘is that your daughter?’ And he’s like, ‘Oh no that’s my girlfriend.’

“But I feel people just think it’s about money and that’s it. They don’t assume that I could just like him, love him for just him, just his personality.”

Grant finishes: “I just feel like I understand her soul in a deeper way than I understood anyone else.”