Eric Stonestreet jokes about age gap with Lindsey Schweitzer

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Eric Stonestreet credit:Bang Showbiz
Eric Stonestreet credit:Bang Showbiz

Eric Stonestreet has joked about trolls claiming he's "too old" for his fiancée Lindsay Schweitzer.

The 49-year-old actor - who announced his engagement to his 41-year-old partner over the weekend - has edited photos of them both to make the paediatric nurse appear older after critics commented on their age gap.

Taking to Instagram, he quipped: "Apparently a lot of people think I look too old, as a 49 year old man, to be engaged to my almost 42 year old fiancée.

"Look, she can’t help that she looks so great at 42 and I can’t help that I apparently look like her grandad so, I fixed it for everyone.

“#engaged #love #engagedlife #herlifeforever #imfunny #shesaidyestothis (sic)"

The 'Modern Family' star and his partner Lindsay Schweitzer are to wed after he popped the question to the paediatric nurse, and he joked her people would "call my people" for an answer.

He wrote on Instagram: "She said, “She’d have her people call my people." "

The 49-year-old star shared three snaps of himself and Lindsay, who showed off her sparkling engagement ring in the photos.

Several stars were quick to congratulate the happy couple on social media.

'Shazam!' actor Zachary Levi wrote: "Congrats duuuuuuuuuuude!!! (sic)"

'The Real Housewives of New York City' star Bethenny Frankel simply commented: "YES"

In August 2017, it was first reported Eric and nurse Lindsay were dating after spending time together at the Big Slick Celebrity Weekend charity event in Kansas City in June.

An insider said at the time: "Lindsay was there fundraising, and Eric was one of the celebrity guests."

Eric was previously romantically involved with Broadway star Katherine Tokarz for nearly three years until 2012.

The star - who is best known for playing Cameron Tucker in ABC TV series 'Modern Family' - was romantically linked to Charlize Theron in 2012 following his split from Katherine, but he laughed off the speculation, joking that he was in fact dating Halle Berry.

He said: "I wish people would stop spreading rumours that Charlize Theron and I are dating. It's starting to make Halle Berry jealous.

"She was so cold to me this morning when she saw the rumours.

"It was just quiet - fork and knife on the plate. Halle and I weren't speaking at all. And I'm like, 'Halle, listen! It's just a rumour. It's not real.' "

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