"Glorious" Made Us Want To Revisit These Famous May-December Affairs
Glorious was a hot steamy success—and so are some of these May-December romances that prove age is just a number.
Glorious is one of the films that was released via the newest Kapamilya streaming service, iWant. The movie features seasoned actress Angel Aquino and up-and-coming actor Tony Labrusca in a story of how two lovers, separated by a huge age gap, defy their own insecurities and their families’ judgment of their relationship. Angel plays the role of Glory, a 52-year-old-woman who’s stuck with a husband who has another family, and Tony, a 22-year-old guy who takes it upon himself to make her fall in love with him.
The trailer of Glorious was so popular when it was released in November 4; it accumulated more than 6 million views in 24 hours. And the movie did live up to the hype of the steamy scenes from the trailer. In fact, on the first day of the iWant app release date, the app reached more than one million mobile downloads, mainly thanks to the simultaneous premiere of Glorious on the app.
A look at Glorious
Glorious was a provocative and daring movie in its right, a bold move from ABS-CBN’s Dreamscape Digital. The shots of Baguio and of Angel and Tony’s scenes were beautiful and inventive, and the story indeed piqued many people’s interests—and feelings, so to speak. Angel Aquino was a beauty to watch, an actress who only became even better at her craft and more beautiful as she aged and wised. She was able to guide the young actor Tony Labrusca well, both as the actress that she is and in her character in the film, just like an older mentor would—or, if we dare say, like how a mother would guide her child.
Expect to be treated to Tony’s painful pick-up lines, much like how a young teenage guy would try to appeal to a more mature woman who can’t seem to understand how his generation works and thinks, but also expect to root for the couple who will try, with all their power, to defy and overcome their differences and the obstacles that society will set for them just to prove that love will conquer everything. Yup, never mind that Tony’s character Niko is just one year older than Glory’s youngest daughter, and that he is way younger than her older sons, because, like all love stories, love is all you need.
Yes, there were steamy and daring scenes that we wouldn’t dare miss, and there is no use denying that the trailer and the film made so much noise thanks to these. Angel’s divine beauty and Tony’s ripped body are two elements that further make Glorious an irresistible main course.
A May-December romance is a lingo meant to connote a relationship between someone young and someone that’s usually way too old for them. It is loosely based on May being “spring” and that persona A is at the “spring of his or her life” and that December symbolizes “winter” and that the other persona is, for lack of better description, at a time of his life when everything has turned cold and stale.
Glorious bets on the very intriguing nature of these May-December romances, many of such relationships would spark the interest of the public. In the international scene, one of our very famous cougars come to mind: Madonna. After her two failed marriages, Madonna has indeed owned her cougar nature, opening up on Harper’s Bazaar in 2017 that dating men three decades younger than her expresses her sexual belief. She says, “I don’t believe there’s a certain age where you can’t say and feel and be who you want to be.”
We can remember her previous lover Jesus Luz, who was 22 years old in 2009. Madonna was 50 then. A year after, she also hooked up with Brazilian model Adam Senn who was slightly older at age 26 than time. Last year, Madonna also dated another model Kevin Sampaio who was then 31 years old. Madonna just celebrated her 60th birthday this year.
There’s also the ex-couple Johnny Depp and Amber Heard, who only divorced in 2016 over allegations of domestic violence. The couple had a 22-year age gap and their whirlwind romance began after meeting on the set of 2011's The Rum Diary.
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We’re also familiar with the current US president Donald Trump, who is 24 years older than his current and third wife, Melania. While it can be noted that they are still married, we can’t really say for sure what the status of their marriage is right now, thanks to the POTUS’ controversial hook-up with Stormy Daniels.
And much like Glory and Niko’s short romance, we also have Hollywood celebrities Sean Penn, 51, and Scarlett Johansson, 27, who also hooked up for a while after Sean’s split with actress Robin Wright. That didn’t end well, however, and the spark went out after a short five months.
But not all May-December romances crash and burn in flames. In fact, some thrive in the hot burning fire and have kept their passion alive and blazing after years of being together.
Actor Mel Gibson showed how to make a 34-year age gap work well with his girlfriend Rosalind Ross, who just gave birth to their first child—and Mel’s 9th—last year. Rosalind is a former champion equestrian vaulter and has penned scripts for Hollywood movies, and met Mel in 2014 when she applied for his production company, Icon.
There’s also the happily married couple Emilie Livingston and Jeff Goldblum, who got married in 2014 and have two beautiful sons Charlie Ocean and River Joe. But the 30-year age gap really doesn’t show in the couple who both look blooming with love.
Still in shock! I had no idea that @donatella_versace was getting the #designer award for #gq #britishgq #gqawards @britishgq and that I would be seated right next to her table wearing her dress no less! Thankful to have met her and honor her talent, strength and inspiration! And grateful to be apart of my husbands success and watch him light up a room! @jeffgoldblum Best acceptance speech ever babynou! I love you ??
One of our favorite couples who have had to start rocky were George and Amal Clooney, who has a 17-year age gap between them. The American actor-filmmaker and the British-Lebanese human rights lawyer got married in 2014 and gave birth to the twin Alexander and Ella that year, too.
Local celebrities in love
The local scene is also filled with beautiful stories of couples overcoming societal prejudice against huge age gaps. And these couples have only emerged stronger and happier.
In December last year, we celebrated the marriage of Ai-Ai delas Alas to her younger beau, Gerald Sibayan. The actress shared that this is a welcome change in her life after having to go through two abusive and failed marriages. Gerald is also loved and accepted by both of Ai-Ai’s older daughter and son, and acts like a father already to Ai-Ai’s youngest, Seth Andrei.
Vic Sotto and Pauleen Luna’s story is another one for the history books. They were wed in a huge ceremony in 2016 after more than four years of dating. In their wedding vows, Pauleen and Vic reveal that their relationship has gone through so much, something that didn’t escape many because of their 34-year age gap. But the two have managed to pull through and rise above their obstacles in both their personal and showbiz lives, and have now given birth to baby Tali last year.
7 beautiful years. 7 years later, we now have bigger tummies, wider smiles, an extra heavy arm candy and happier hearts. I’m glad to have spent 7 amazing years with this man. Nothing’s really changed, we still say I Love You to each other everyday and we’re just better versions of ourselves. Happy to be co parenting with you, @mzet280 ♥? and I’m grateful to God for all of our days together! i love you, always and forever! Happy 7th anniversary!
A roller-coaster romance would more aptly describe Vicki Belo and Doctor Hayden Kho’s relationship, something that went through so many ups and downs in the 12 years they’ve been on and off before they were finally married in Paris last year. The grand September wedding was so big and lavish it was dubbed the grandest wedding of the century.
The beautiful offspring of their love is no other than the adorable Scarlet Snow, who was conceived via vitro fertilization through a surrogate mother in 2015.
Photo from Dreamscape Digital