A sixty-eight-year-old man from Florida thought he had found the love of his life after searching the state for the right woman for decades. The woman, who was much younger than the Florida patriarch, was only twenty-four years old, but their age gap was nothing when considering how strong of a connection they established.

However, the sixty-eight-year-old Florida man later discovered a disturbing thing about his young wife’s past. Now, in a statement to the Florida Sun Post, the couple, who wish to remain anonymous, has told the local media outlet that the man’s wife is actually his granddaughter from a previous relationship.

The man moved from his rundown apartment to a luxury waterfront property in Golden Beach, Florida, because he purchased a winning lottery ticket. Since he was a twice-divorced grandfather, he figured he could give love another shot. The old man signed up for a dating app and began telling young women about his recently enhanced bank account.

In short order, the man identified his bride-to-be – the twenty-four-year-old woman who was actually his biological granddaughter. He didn’t realize their familial connection until long after their romantic affair turned physical, and the pair tied the knot.

“We just hit it off right from when she walked into the restaurant,” he explained.

However, something about the young woman made grandpa nervous.

“I just felt something strange when I saw her photos,” the elderly grandpa said. “It was like a sense of deja vu, but at the time, I couldn’t figure out why she seemed so familiar.”

The lottery winner knew that his bride-to-be was working in Jacksonville as an exotic dancer. But that didn’t deter him one bit.

“I’m not proud of working there, but I did what I had to do to raise my child as a single mom,” the young dancer told reporters. Because she needed cash, she turned to the same dating service as her grandfather to find a rich man to provide her with comfort and love.

Eventually, the pair were going through a photo album. That’s when they realized that her father was actually the grandfather’s son.

“When I saw my father in that photo album, I just felt an overwhelming sense of despair,” said the young bride.

Her husband added, “I felt so bad for her because I know how she must have been feeling.”

Despite learning that they are closely related, the couple wants to stay married and make their romance work for the long term.

The bride has taken a philosophical approach to the whole thing.

“Every couple is different and special in their own ways. I feel our bond is so strong that even something like this is not enough to make us give up.”

Meanwhile, the grandpa doesn’t want to have to look for love all over again. He’s already done it twice before and failed both times, and he wants this time to work – even though he is married to his own granddaughter.

“I’ve already had two failed marriages, and I’m determined not to have a third,” he said.

Incest is considered a third-degree felony in the state of Florida.