Ex-Senator, 90, to Marry 40-Year-Old Man Two Decades After the Death of His Wife
A former U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania has revealed to the world that, at the age of 90 and some 20 years after the death of his wife, he's planning to remarry.
Only this time, it's to a man 50 years his junior.
Harris Wofford penned a touching op-ed for Sunday's New York Times, in which he told the world how he found love twice.
Harris Wofford met Matthew Chartlon when then ex Senator was 75 (LinkedIn)
"I was sure I would never again feel the kind of love Clare and I shared," Wofford recalled in 'Finding Love Again, This Time With a Man', about the period following the death of his wife, Clare, from leukemia in 1996. "During 48 years of marriage, we had spent a lifetime together."
Little did Wofford know he'd be blessed with a second love named Matthew Charlton, who's now set to become his husband April 30.
Wofford recalled the moment he met the 25-year-old man on a fateful day in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida five years after Clare's death.
"It was afternoon, and the tanning beachgoers faced west, toward the wall of concrete buildings lining the boulevard, to catch the sun, ignoring the beautiful sea. I swam alone in the water, attracting the attention of two bystanders near the shore. They came over to say hello, which is how I met Matthew Charlton."
Wofford, a father of three, was 75.
"We took trips around the country and later to Europe together, becoming great friends. We both felt the immediate spark, and as time went on, we realized that our bond had grown into love. Other than with Clare, I had never felt love blossom this way before," he wrote.
That love hasn't faded in the last 15 years of partnership. And Wofford, once a special assistant for civil rights to President John F. Kennedy and adviser to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, is proud to share it with the world.
"Too often, our society seeks to label people by pinning them on the wall — straight, gay or in between," he wrote.
"I don’t categorize myself based on the gender of those I love. I had a half-century of marriage with a wonderful woman, and now am lucky for a second time to have found happiness."