Now the May-December February-December couple is opening up about their shocking romance — including how they met at her 45-year-old son Robert's funeral!
"I'd noticed this young man with a lovely smile during the service and thought, 'Wow, this is the one.' He was on the other side of the church, but I kept looking over at him. It was like a bright light through the grief. Then, as I was walking to the door at the end, he came over and passed on his condolences. We didn't have much time, but it was enough."
Gary was instantly attracted to her as well and after breaking up with his former GF, he rushed over to express his feelings to Lisa, Robert's widow, who set them up. Eesh, the same day she buried her husband? Really??
Hardwick, who's now 18, had previous experience dating older women as he'd formerly been in a relationship with a 77-year-old.
So, that's just his thing we guess?
They arranged a meeting at the nearby Chuck E. Cheese pizza restaurant for Lisa's daughter's ninth birthday. Almeda remembers:
"I just came out with it and said to him, 'Look, I'm 71 and you're 17. Am I too old for you?' He squeezed my hand, grinned, and replied, 'Age is just a number.'"
After spending almost every night together for the next two weeks and getting the blessing of family and friends, Gary popped the question over the phone — and they say romance is dead…
The YouTube celebrity posted a lengthy, emotional video revealing that she and her husband are ending their marriage.
While sharing the sad news with her over 4 million subscribers, Colleen immediately broke down, saying:
"I am dreading making this video. I'm just going to say it. Joshua and I are getting a divorce. Man, that sucks to say out loud."
But, Miz Ballinger stressed that her former flame didn't wrong her in any way, adding:
"I want to start off by saying Joshua is a wonderful man, and I am so in love with him. This has nothing to do with he's a bad person, or he did something horrible to me, or anything like that. He's a good person and I love him."
Instead, the singer clarified that they ultimately weren't a good fit together: