Max George comments on 13-year age gap with Maisie Smith
The Wanted's Max George has opened up about his relationship with Eastenders star Maisie Smith, revealing that their 13-year age gap "never enters" his mind.
"People ask me: 'Do you notice it?'" Maisie told HELLO!. "I never have," she added. "We’re so like-minded. I’ve got friends in their 30s and 40s. You connect with who you connect with."
In response, 34-year-old Max said of the age gap with his 21-year-old girlfriend: "It never enters my mind. Maisie has already done so many things that I’m in awe of – I look up to her."
Max and Maisie met on the set of Strictly Come Dancing in 2020, but it wasn't until the show's tour earlier this year that their friendship turned into something more. "When I'd speak to my mum, I'd always bring Max up; he was one of my closest friends, but there was never anything more," Maisie recalled, with Max going on to reveal that after a cast holiday he was "looking at her differently."
"I was pretty nervous to see if it was reciprocated," the singer added, with Maisie describing their first kiss as "fireworks".
The couple's comments come after a mixed reaction to their romance from fans on social media. "Maisie Smith and Max George just doesn’t sit well at all," one person tweeted, whilst someone else disagreed, writing: "What's the problem, she's a grown woman?"
Despite the conversations around their relationship, Max and Maisie said they've already got plans for the future. "We live together now, but we're constantly travelling around the country, with Maisie touring. We want to get a place together and have a base in London – and maybe somewhere in Manchester too," Max revealed.
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