I’m 23 and married a DJ who’s 40 YEARS older than me – cruel trolls think I’m a gold-digger but I don’t care
A YOUNG woman who married a radio DJ 40 years older than her says she is brushing off cruel claims she’s a gold-digger.
Maria Eduarda Dias, 23, and Nixon Motta, 63, have been forced to defend their relationship after a post on TikTok went viral.
The pair began dating when Maria was just 16 and he was 56 before getting engaged in December 2020.
Maria and Nixon tied the knot in June last year, by which point their families had accepted their relationship.
But after an update on their love life racked up more than 10 million views, heartless trolls left a bundle of scathing comments.
The couple – from Campina Grande – say they have been stunned by the hurtful opinions they’ve read.
Maria, who shares a daughter with Nixon, told local media: “I’d actually imagined it would go viral, but in a positive way.
“Of people thinking, ‘what a beautiful love story…’, but that’s not what happened.”
One social media user commented: “This is so uncomfortable in so many ways.”
While another wrote: “People, there’s no way of normalising this. One thing is being 30 and having a relationship with a 60-year-old guy.
“But being 16? There’s a name for that.”
Nixon also revealed he had not expected such a harsh reaction.
He said: “I didn’t think it would take on this proportion. Not least because we are very well known here in the city.
“I’m not rich. A lot of people are saying I probably am and she wants financial stability. There was never any self-interest on her part.
“After meeting, we got closer, we started hanging out as friends, and we ended up hooking up at the beginning.”
Maria told local media that everything between them has always been consensual.
She said: “He has never done anything that I didn’t agree to. There has never been any such possessiveness, or forcing me to do anything, or taking me to places I didn’t want to go to, like many people have written.”
Nixon added: “Our story, from the beginning until today, is beautiful! Nothing was premeditated, and there was no malice on my part.”
But he revealed that many were against their relationship at the start, saying: “Practically all of our mutual friends were against it. Few were supportive.”
Maira revealed that since the online abuse, she has received messages in private supporting her relationship and congratulating the couple.
She said: “If you love a person, fight for them. If you like them, if there is respect and reciprocity, despite age difference or any other obstacle, fight.”
The couple’s relationship is legal under Brazilian law.