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Rev. Al Sharpton defends relationship with younger girlfriend, Aisha McShaw

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Despite his work in finding justice for the family of Trayvon Martin, Rev. Al Sharpton’s biggest media moment in recent times happened because of the announcement that 58-year-old civil rights activist is dating 35-year-old stylist Aisha McShaw, which garnered heavy criticism from the disapproving public.

Over the last few weeks, Sharpton and McShaw have been photographed arm-in-arm on several high profile events, stirring up anger with critical fans who complain that McShaw is too young for Sharpton. Sharpton is also being criticized for dating McShaw while still being legally married to his wife, Kathy Jordan. They married in 1980 and separated in 2004.

However, according to Rumor Fix, Sharpton’s publicist, Rachel Noerdlinger, claims that Sharpton is perplexed by all of the scrutiny and criticism.

“His exact words to me were, ‘Rachel, I’m not announcing an engagement or a marriage. Don’t I have a right to date when my marriage has been over for a decade?’” said Noerdlinger.

Well, Sharpton certainly isn’t the first and only celebrity to date extremely younger or older. Check out some other celebrity couples with age gaps below. – nicholas robinson


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  1. 7734real on July 25, 2013 at 10:33 am

    In my day, 20 years is what was called a ‘big’ gap. Please! Enough of this ‘new age world’ garbage!

  2. Lennice on July 25, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    As someone who had a long-term, fulfilling relationship with a man 22 years my senior, I don’t see what the problem is. He has the right (and so does she) to date whoever they want to date. And after nearly 10 years, I think that marriage is and has been over for a long time.

  3. sieben13 on July 28, 2013 at 11:28 pm

    His problem like many other men is located 10 ” below his belt line