Age gap marriages can sometimes cause tension in the family, especially when the younger woman is so close in age to the older man’s own daughter. But one famous family is proving that it doesn’t have to be a negative thing—in fact, they’ve found a bizarre way to make an age gap marriage work to their advantage.
Back in April 2011, actor Lorenzo Lamas, who always had an affinity to much younger women, married his fifth wife, Shawna Craig (pictured left). Their 29-year age difference meant that Lorenzo Lamas’ new wife was actually one year younger than his oldest daughter, Shayne Lamas. Naturally, you’d assume that she would have an issue with her father marrying someone younger than her, but Shayne gave them her blessing and even attended the celebrity couple’s wedding in Mexico. “They are both really excited and seem very much in love,” she said at the time about their quick age gap marriage.
Fast forward to 2014. Shayne Lamas revealed that she and her husband were expecting their second child, but tragically lost the baby 20 weeks into her pregnancy. After performing an emergency hysterectomy, doctors told her that she would never be able to have kids again. This is where things get interesting. Remember her father’s age gap marriage?
Well, Shayne Lamas later announced that they were expecting a baby again, this time via surrogate. And the woman carrying their baby is none other her 28-year-old stepmother, Shawna Craig. “[Shawna is] an angel that blessed my whole family, including my father,” Lamas told Closer Weekly, adding, “I have just been given the biggest blessing in the whole world and I will always be grateful.”
Although Shawna had no interest in having any kids of her own (thanks to her age gap marriage, she’s already a stepmother to Lorenzo Lamas’ six kids from previous relationships), she’s happy to help her stepdaughter. “I’m happy to be pregnant. It’s the best thing in the world.”
So long story short, don’t underestimate the powers of an age gap marriage. And never assume it’s always going to rip a family apart. In this case, it’s brought them all closer together, albeit it in a less-than-normal way. But whatever works!
Fenno, C., “Lorenzo Lamas Marries Wife No. 5,” PopEater web site, May 1, 2011; http://goo.gl/sQdN8.
“Shayne Lamas Reveals Stepmother Shawna Craig Is Her Surrogate,” TooFab web site, February 18, 2015; http://goo.gl/SyeF5s.
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