A great-grandmother who got a breast enlargement to fulfil her husband’s dying wish is now engaged to a man 38 years her junior.
Joan Lloyd, 67, found love with 29-year-old Phil Absolom after losing her husband of 49-years, David, to terminal illness in 2010.
The pensioner says David would be proud if he could see her now – because it was all his idea.
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Joan Lloyd and Phil Absolom are set to tie the knot despite the 38 year age difference
David’s last wish was for his wife to make up for the years she spent caring for him by getting a breast enlargement and a toy boy.
And after he passed away, former model Joan forked out £4,250 on breast implants – taking her from an A to an F cup.
It wasn’t long before she’d caught Phil’s eye on Facebook and after weeks of messages and calls the couple went on their first date.
A year later, Phil moved in to the home Joan once shared with David in Abergele, North Wales.
And now, with the full blessing of Joan’s four children, 13 grandchildren and six great grandchildren, they’re set to wed after Phil got on bended knee on a romantic holiday in the Canary Islands.
Joan said: “I never thought I'd tie the knot again in my lifetime but I just follow my heart.
Joan and Phil got engaged during a holiday in the Canary Islands
"Now I'm looking forward to spending the rest of my life with him. I know it's meant to be because we're so right for each other."
Joan was just 19 when she met first husband David at a dance in 1965 and the love-struck pair quickly tied the knot.
A devoted wife, she cared for him for 15 years as he battled heart and lung disease, cirrhosis of the liver, diabetes and Alzheimer’s.
She said: “Before David died he told me to get a boob job and a toy boy after he passed away.
"I was shocked, but I knew he wanted me to enjoy my life. He told me I'd earned it. I know he would be proud of me now.”
Joan approached cosmetic surgeon Kevin Hancock for her breast implants and said the transformation had given her a new lease of life.
Her case was so unusual, the story of her new body appeared newspapers and she was inundated with more than 500 messages on Facebook from admirers including Phil, who is only a few years older than her grandson.
She said: "From the first moment I met Phil I felt butterflies and we just clicked. We are so much in love and our sex life is great – I’m certainly not too old for that.
"Like with David, I knew straight away that Phil was someone I could spend my life with.
“We’re like two peas in a pod – it’s like we’ve been together for years.”
Phil added: "Joan has an amazing figure and acts so much younger than her age. I've had relationships with older women in the past but Joan is completely on my wavelength.
“She's amazing and I want to spend all my time with her. It's like my mum says, age is just a number."
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