Vicki Belo inspired by high-profile French couple's love story: "Now I feel I'm not alone."

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Vicki Belo can relate to the love story of French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Trogneux, who have a 25-year age gap: "How's this for a testament that age is really just a number?"


Surviving the trials of a high-profile relationship riddled with controversies, Hayden Kho Jr. and Dr. Vicki Belo will be getting married this September.

The couple has chosen to hold their wedding ceremony in their favorite city: Paris, France.

Coincidentally, France has a love story similar to Hayden and Vicki's.

Meet French presidential aspirant Emmanuel Macron and his wife—mother of three and grandmother of seven—Brigitte Trogneux.

All eyes have been on 39-year-old Emmanuel Macron after he emerged victorious in the first round of the French election.

According to an article by British online newspaper The Independent, Emmanuel resigned from a major French political party to put up his movement called En Marche, or "On the Move."

People believed Emmanuel had set himself to fail, but after winning the first round, he has been favored to become France's youngest president.

Alongside his remarkable political feat, another facet of Emmanuel's life has come under the spotlight: his marriage to 64-year-old Brigitte.

Just like Hayden and Vicki, Emmanuel and Brigitte have a 25-year age gap.

People had mixed reactions to Mr. and Mrs. Macron's unconventional love story, quite similar to how most Pinoys reacted to Hayden and Vicki's romance back in 2005.

In the same article on The Independent, the love story of the French presidential aspirant and his older wife was revealed.

Emmanuel was a 15-year-old prodigy in a private Catholic school when he met his future wife.

Brigitte was a drama teacher and was a married woman.

Emmanuel and Brigitte met through a school play, where they collaborated on the production.

The future politician carried a profound love for literature, which ultimately piqued Brigitte's interest.

In an interview with news magazine Paris March, the former drama teacher described the early stages of their romance.

She recalls, "I felt myself falling.

"Him too.

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"Little by little, I was won over by his intelligence."

The feeling was mutual.

At 17, as the young Emmanuel continued his studies in an elite university in Paris, he professed his love for Brigitte and promised to marry her.

True enough, 21 months after divorcing her first husband, Brigitte and Emmanuel got married.

 

AGE JUST A NUMBER. After Emmanuel's win in the first election round, he didn't forget to pay tribute to his wife for her steadfast support.

At the victory rally, he said, "She's always present, and she's been even more present.

"And without her, I wouldn't be myself."

Emmanuel always made sure that Brigitte was fully involved in his campaign because he didn't want her to just be "a mere, passive supportive 'wife-of-a-candidate.'"

In a previous rally, the presidential candidate told his supporters, "If I'm elected...

"No, sorry...

"When we are elected... she will be there, with a role and a place."

In return, Brigitte stood as her husband's top supporter and showed that she believed in his capabilities to lead the country.

She once described Emmanuel as "a character from another planet, who mixes rare intelligence with extraordinary humanity; a philosopher who became a banker and a politician."

This kind of love resonated with soon-to-be wedded Dra. Vicki Belo.

On Instagram, the celebrity cosmetic surgeon posted a photo of the French powerhouse couple, and commended their love and respect for each other.

Emmanuel and Brigitte's story made Vicki feel that she was no longer "alone."

Vicki wrote, "How's this for a testament that age is really just a number?

"I'm sooo inspired by the Macron couple (his wife is 25 years his senior) because now I feel I'm not alone.

"Thank you for showing us that when it comes to relationships, it's really about how much you love and respect your partner and not about age, di ba?

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"Cheers to all lovebirds!"


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