A five-foot mum, whose boyfriend towers above her at 6ft 7in, says she has been trolled by mostly women for shacking up with a ‘tall guy’.
Sophie Hines, 28, has been dating partner Miles Lloyd for the past 18 months and the couple have a six-month-old son Remy together. The mum-of-two from Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, said: “A lot of angry tall girls have said I should leave the tall boys alone. There are a lot of angry tall girls who say, ‘My boyfriend is smaller than me, why have you taken a tall one?’
“But I can’t help it, can I? It’s such a silly comment. You can’t help who you like. I’m not going to dismiss someone because they’re tall and just go out with someone who is 5ft 5in. “I 100 percent confront people when they make comments about him – I have to do it.”
Miles has never had an issue though and says he loves the way they look together. The 26-year-old said: “I like our height difference. I love being out with her and showing off. We look very good together. “We never spoke about the height difference when we started going out. I like that she’s small, I just like her. “It’s amazing though. I can’t believe there are so many people interested in us. We just embrace it.” Incredibly, the happy couple actually first met almost 10 years ago, only realising when an old photo emerged of them together in a club – posing because of their huge height difference.
Sophie said: “We got a picture in a nightclub together, randomly, from when we were about 18. I think I just got the picture with him because he was so tall.” So when Sophie began dating the ‘tall boy’ – as she once knew him – she had the same questions as did everyone else. How were they going to make it work in the sex department? But, the couple found a way out as well.
Sophie said: “Loads of people ask us how we kiss. He has to crouch and I go on tiptoes – there is no other way. “We get so many comments about how we have sex. I actually said that to him before we get together – how do you do it? “But he said it’s only his legs that are long – his body is a normal size. It all works for us, anyway. I just can’t believe that that’s the first thing that people think of. “I got a lot of looks when I was pregnant. All I heard from everyone was that I was going to have a big baby. “As soon as they saw Miles they were saying, ‘Oh my god, I feel sad for you.'”
Sophie even took to searching online for celebrities with large height differences to see how it worked.
“When we first got together it was when Kourtney Kardashian was going out with Younes Bendjima and they had a massive height difference too,” she said.
“I was googling pictures of Kourtney with her boyfriend and was worrying we would look ridiculous, so I had to google to make sure I wasn’t the only one.
“I think people notice his height more because I’m so short. If I was 5ft 9in or something, I don’t think they would really notice it as much. But there’s such a contrast between us it makes it more noticeable.”
But almost two years on since they got together, the pair say they wouldn’t change anything about their relationship – or their measurements.
Sophie says that the height difference hasn’t affected their relationship in any way and she would want him come what may. She wouldn’t have the relationship any other way either.
What can we say? Love truly is blind.