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I’m 24 and my 85-year-old husband is older than my GRANDFATHER – we’re trying for our first kid

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Miracle Pogue, 24, from Starkville, Mississippi, met husband Charles Pogue, 85, when she was working in a launderette in 2019 and the pair quickly formed a friendship.

Despite the 61-year age gap, the pair are looking into IVF in the hope of starting a family to ensure Charles, who doesn’t have any children, leaves behind a new generation.

Retired real estate agent Charles finally decided to admit his feelings for the nurse a year after they met and he proposed in February 2020.

Married couple Miracle Pogue, 24, from Starkville, Mississippi, and her husband Charles Pogue, 85, have a 61-year age gap

Married couple Miracle Pogue, 24, from Starkville, Mississippi, and her husband Charles Pogue, 85, have a 61-year age gap

Miracle says her mother Tamika Phillips, 45, and grandad Joe Brown, 72, were supportive of the relationship from the start after seeing how happy the pensioner made her but her dad Kareem Phillips, 47, was harder to convince.

Miracle said: ‘Charles used to bring in one item of clothing and only wanted me to serve him.

‘One day he waltzed in there and threw a piece of paper down and said “write down your number” like he’s a player. He was my knight in shining armour.

‘We had a good vibe going, he didn’t make me feel weird. It was good conversation, he made me feel comfortable. I knew he was older but I didn’t know his age exactly.

‘When I found out I was in too deep, it was a couple of months in and I already had feelings for him. He was my baby and he wasn’t going anywhere.

‘I found out in conversation when we asked each other our date of birth and he said he was born in 1937.

‘I never even placed his age, we just wanted to see how it went.

‘I don’t care if he’s 100 or 55, I like him for him. I thought he was maybe 60 or 70 because he looks so good. He’s always up and active.

‘My grandad said if I was happy and it’s what I want to do then he’s happy. My dad was like “hell no ma’am, not at all”.

‘It took a lot of time to convince him but I asked him if he wanted to lose his daughter forever.

‘If he didn’t come to my wedding, he would have lost me forever.

‘I told him I needed his support and to walk me down the aisle. Once he got to meet Charles and talk to him, he loved him.’

Charles said: ‘Miracle has got a lot going for her. She’s got her life in order, she’s great.

‘The wedding day was wonderful, it was the best day of my life. There’s no problem with the age difference.

The couple married in July last year and Miracle describes the day as 'the best day' of her life

The couple married in July last year and Miracle describes the day as ‘the best day’ of her life

‘People making comments online doesn’t make a difference, we just let them do their thing. We’re very happy together. We’re looking forward to starting a family together.’

The couple married in July last year and Miracle describes the day as ‘the best day’ of her life.

Despite the age difference, Miracle says she’s desperate to start a family with Charles and hopes to have two children despite knowing she is likely outlive him.

Miracle said: ‘I want him to have another generation. We’re looking to go to an IVF clinic to talk about our options.

‘We went to an IVF clinic before but we really felt the pre-judgment even though they don’t know me and it was quite overwhelming.

‘Now I’m forgetting it as long as they give me my baby. Maybe Charles’s age will stop us from having children but I have an open mind. It may not work.

‘I worry about Charles. At Thanksgiving he got Covid and I broke down. I prepared myself, but the way he gets up and goes every day, he’s not going anywhere.

‘We prepare for things and he says he might not be here in five years. I tell him he will and he’ll outlive us all.

‘I know realistically I’ll be around longer than him so I try to live and have fun and experience as much as I can with him. We try to live it up.’

Miracle claims her relationship has attracted a lot of negative attention online, with the couple often mistaken for father and daughter.

Miracle said: ‘One time we were going to Florida on vacation.

‘We were renting a car and the lady said “oh is this your dad” and I said “yes this is my dad, hey papa, daddy”. I’m a goofy person so I won’t get mad.

‘In public I don’t even care, I don’t think of it as being weird I just go about my day. People on the internet make me feel weird.

‘I get backlash from people who don’t know me or love me, they just call it as they see it. I posted my man online and it blew further than I could even imagine.

‘People were saying I’m using Charles, he doesn’t know what’s going on and saying I should be ashamed.

‘Of course, people mention finances but I’m a nurse. I was starting medical school when I met him.

‘I will be well off with or without Charles, it’s a choice to be with him and it makes me feel good that he chooses me.

‘It’s so crazy that people come after me, as he’s the older one. He’s with me of his own free will, he chose me. I’ve learned it’s OK for people to say how they feel, it’s a free country.

Commenters on TikTok debated whether Miracle is the age she claims, with one asking for evidence that she is 24

Commenters on TikTok debated whether Miracle is the age she claims, with one asking for evidence that she is 24

‘I have a lot of followers who are pro me and Charles. People say we look so good. People share their stories about their older men and say I make them feel comfortable in their skin.’

Commenters on TikTok debated whether Miracle is the age she claims, with one asking for evidence that she is 24.

One commenter wrote: ’24? No way. I’ve got to see proof and if you’re 24 I’ll never try to guess ages again.’ Another said: ’42 she meant.’

Miracle hit back insisting that she was born in 1998 and claims she may look older because she doesn’t dress ‘all out’.

Loved-up Miracle says she’s attracted to Charles’s laid-back nature but admits the age difference is stark when it comes to technology.

Miracle said: ‘I love his advice, I know I can go to Charles and ask him anything. I trust he’s not going to leave me in the dark, he’ll make sure I’m OK.

‘He’s peaceful, he’s so laidback, he doesn’t want to argue. I love to hear his stories.

‘I love to joke with him about technology. I will take a photo of a cheque and deposit it into my bank account. Charles doesn’t even have a bank card.

‘It’s a blessing to have someone you can talk to and confide in. I know our relationship looks weird and people think “what’s going on here?” but I know he got me and I got him.’

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Pope Francis to undergo intestinal surgery and will be hospitalized for several days

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Pope Francis went to the hospital on Wednesday for surgery on his intestine, two years after he had 33 centimeters (13 inches) of his colon removed because of an inflammation and narrowing of the large intestine.

The Vatican said Francis, 86, would be put under general anesthesia and would be hospitalized for several days.

Pope Francis appeared at his weekly general audience on Wednesday, a day after he went to the hospital for a checkup.

The Vatican provided no details about the medical tests Francis underwent on Tuesday at Rome’s Gemelli hospital. Francis, 86, appeared in good form, though, at his audience in St. Peter’s Square, zipping around the square in his popemobile greeting the faithful. He also had two meetings Wednesday morning beforehand, the Vatican said.

Francis spent three days at the Gemelli hospital in late March. Initially, the Vatican said he had gone in for scheduled tests, but the pontiff later revealed he had felt pain in his chest and was rushed to the hospital where bronchitis was diagnosed. He was put on intravenous antibiotics and was released April 1, quipping that he was “still alive.”

The Argentine pope had part of one lung removed when he was a young man. He also suffers from sciatica nerve pain and has been using a wheelchair and walker for more than a year because of strained ligaments in his knee.

Francis has had a packed schedule of late, with multiple audiences each day. The Vatican has recently confirmed a travel-filled August, when the Holy See and Italy are usually on vacation, with a four-day visit to Portugal the first week of August and a similarly long trip to Mongolia starting Aug. 31.

In a sign that the trips were very much on, the Vatican on Tuesday released the planned itinerary for Francis’ visit to Portugal for World Youth Day events from Aug. 2-6. The itinerary confirms a typically busy schedule that includes all the protocol meetings of an official state visit plus multiple events with young people and a day trip to the Marian shrine at Fatima.

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My son was born with bulging eyes and totally blind – but baffled doctors don’t know why

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A mother is appealing for answers over the mysterious condition which left her son with bulging eyes.

Kobi-Jai Morgan, who is registered blind, was born last March with bruising around his eyes and was unable to open them.

He spent six weeks in hospital, where doctors discovered the structure of his eyes had not fully developed but could not figure out why.

Despite appointments with specialists, medics have been left scratching their heads over what is causing his condition.

His mother, Morgan Nottingham, from Ystalyfera in South Wales, is now desperately searching for answers.

The 24-year-old’s labour was induced in last spring at a hospital in Bridgend, where she had a difficult delivery.

Kobi-Jai was then transferred to a neonatal intensive care unit at Singleton Hospital in Swansea and put on ventilation and a feeding tube.

As well as bruising around the eyes, he had a large hole in his heart and a floppy larynx — the tube that helps carry air to the lungs and contains vocal cords.

His unknown condition means his eyes are light-sensitive and he spends a lot of time in discomfort.

As a result, he sometimes scratches his eye and pushes his eyelids towards his eyebrows when they are irritated.

His mother administers four different types of eye drops to Kobi’s eyes every day and he wears specialist transparent glasses made by Cardiff University.

The 15-month-old has been to Great Ormond Street Hospital in London and visited private specialists — but still does not have a diagnosis.

However, tests show that he can see some light and shadows.

Ms Nottingham said: ‘We’ve come to terms with the fact that he might not have his vision for life. But we get looks as it is.

‘He has bulgy eyes and the bottom of his eyes scrape across his cheek. He doesn’t realise while he’s little but it’s really sad, bless him.’

Kobi-Jai can now tell his mother when his eyes are bothering him.

She added: ‘He cannot carry on with his eyes like that. There has to be someone out there that knows something.

‘This is completely new to us. When he starts going to school — you know what kids are like. He has children coming up to him already and saying: “Oh mammy he looks scary”. I want answers.’

Ms Nottingham called for more research and resources that could help Kobi-Jai.

She said: ‘At the moment we have found no blind support centres, schools or sensory classes locally. The closest specialist school is in Birmingham.

‘We want to bring more awareness and help and support other parents going through the same thing. We’re all learning.’

A fundraiser set up to support Kobi’s medical care has raised over £12,500.

Family friends have organised a 12-hour charity walk, five-a-side football tournament and bike ride in a bid to raise more funds to help with his care.

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US actor Danny Masterson found guilty on two rape counts

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Los Angeles Times via Getty Images Masterson arrives at the Los Angeles court to learn his fate with his wife, Bijou Phillips

A jury in Los Angeles has found US actor Danny Masterson guilty on two out of three counts of rape.

The star of That ’70s Show, a TV series, faces up to 30 years in prison. He was led from court in handcuffs.

Three women, all former members of the Church of Scientology, accused the actor of sexual assault at his Hollywood home from 2001-03.

Prosecutors argued Masterson had relied on his status as a prominent Scientologist to avoid accountability.

The jury of seven women and five men was unable to reach a verdict on a third count after a week of deliberations, ending up deadlocked at 8-4.

One of his victims, who was raped in 2003, said in a statement quoted by the Associated Press: “I am experiencing a complex array of emotions – relief, exhaustion, strength, sadness – knowing that my abuser, Danny Masterson, will face accountability for his criminal behavior.”

Masterson’s wife, actress and model Bijou Phillips, wept as he was led away, CBS News reports. Other family and friends sat stone-faced.

Another jury in an earlier trial was unable to reach a verdict in December 2022.

Prosecutors chose to retry Masterson and this time the judge allowed attorneys to present new evidence that had been barred from the first trial.

Though the actor was not charged with drugging his victims, the jury heard testimony that the women had been dosed before he raped them.

Masterson was first accused of rape in 2017 during the height of the #MeToo movement. He responded by saying that he had not been charged or convicted of a crime, and that in the climate at the time “it seems as if you are presumed guilty the moment you are accused”.

Charges came after a three-year investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department. Prosecutors did not file charges in two other cases because of insufficient evidence and the statute of limitations expiring.

Throughout the trial, prosecutors argued that the Church of Scientology had helped cover up the assaults – an allegation the organisation has categorically denied.

At the time of the assaults, Masterson and all three of his accusers were Scientologists. Several of the women said it took them years to come forward because Church of Scientology officials discouraged them from reporting the rape to police.

Instead, they were forced to rely on the Church’s “internal justice system”, prosecutors said.

Scientology officials told one survivor she would be kicked out of the Church unless she signed a non-disclosure agreement and accepted a payment of $400,000 (£320,000), according to prosecutors.

Judge Charlaine Olmedo allowed both sides to discuss the dogma and practices of Scientology.

But Deputy District Attorney Ariel Anson told jurors during the trial: “The Church taught his victims, ‘Rape isn’t rape, you caused this, and above all, you are never allowed to go to law enforcement.'”

Throughout the trial, the defence tried to undermine the credibility of the “Jane Does” by focusing on inconsistencies in their testimony and their supposed drive to get “revenge” against their former Church.

During closing arguments, Masterson’s defence lawyer said of the survivors: “If you are looking for motives why people are not being truthful… there are motives all over the place.”

Although the Church of Scientology was not a defendant in the case, before closing arguments began, a lawyer with ties to the Church emailed the district attorney’s office to complain about the way the Church was portrayed during the retrial.

The defence also argued that the prosecution had relied heavily on testimony about drugging because there was an absence of evidence of any force or violence.

Masterson’s lawyers tried, unsuccessfully, to have a mistrial declared.

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