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Former rugby star Sam Stanley is opening up about his relationship with Laurence Hicks, a travel agent Stanley met on the website SilverDaddies.com.
Sam Stanley wrote on Instagram:
After being a part of each others lives for almost 7 years, @lorenzo_uk has been my pretend godfather, uncle, cousin and many others in order to make sure no one found out about us and that we were a couple ? funny looking back after having come so far together. The most loving man I know and I’m incredibly happy to say we’re now engaged ?
We applaud Stanley for being open and honest regarding his relationship with Hicks.
After being a part of each others lives for almost 7 years, @lorenzo_uk has been my pretend godfather, uncle, cousin and many others in order to make sure no one found out about us and that we were a couple ? funny looking back after having come so far together. The most loving man I know and I'm incredibly happy to say we're now engaged ? ?: @mrjonathanphang
“For me, I fell in love with Laurence very quickly,” Stanley tells Attitude. “I’d never had the feelings I felt for him before. It was pretty amazing and I’m incredibly lucky to have met him and call him my fiancé.”
Stanley continues, “We first met online on a site called SilverDaddies.com. I mean I was never going to be seen out on the scene as I was so far in the closet at the time.”
SilverDaddies.com describes itself as “a meeting place for mature men and other men (both daddies and younger), who are interested in keeping their daddy happy and/or sexually satisfied. The site offers the possibility of having a personal ad and also features galleries (changed daily) and a chat – and it’s free!”
While many people have been supportive of their relationship, there have been some haters. Regardless, Stanley says he’s proud to be outspoken about a relationship like theirs. “I’m sure as everyone knows, you’re not doing anything right if you’re not getting criticized in this world,” Stanley says. “Laurence and I love each other and to us that’s all that matters. We’re proud to represent the many relationships like ours.”
Sam Stanley also opened about his decision to come out.
“The main thing for me was realizing I wasn’t changing and this is who I am. I tried hard at pretending to be straight mainly to fit in and not be different. But then being different is great! Really it just happened because I stopped thinking to myself about when the right time was etc worrying about everyone else except myself.”