According to the rule, the age of the younger partner (regardless of gender) should be no less than seven more than half the older partner’s age.
Martin, then, shouldn’t date anyone younger than 26 and a half; Lawrence shouldn’t go above 34.
Though men have been enjoying May-December romances forever, women haven’t been afforded the same freedom necessarily.
On February 17, 2018, The Sun broke the story that Liam's constant travelling to promote his solo career has placed an intolerable strain on the relationship and they are ready to split.
Cheryl declared that "none of it matters" as she shrugged off questions about her crumbling relationship with Liam Payne today during her first TV appearance since news of the relationship crisis broke.
The rule is widely cited, but its origins are hard to pin down.
In its earlier incarnations, it seemed to be a prescription for an ideal age difference rather than the limit of what’s okay.
But the rule of seven may not actually describe what people consider acceptable.
In 2001, a team of Dutch social psychologists, led by Bram P.
CHERYL and her One Direction boyfriend Liam Payne went public with their romance in 2016 and welcomed their baby son Bear in March 2017.
The couple have raised eyebrows due to their significant age gap - but does this really make any difference?
They found that women’s preferences were fairly consistent over time: Throughout their lives, women tended to prefer men who were around their own age, with a range from a few years younger to a few years older—even in fantasy-land.