I don’t want a rift with my boyfriend’s mum but she is hostile because I’m older – The Sun

DEAR DEIDRE FROM the start, my partner’s mum hasn’t approved of me.

Now that he has paid half the cost of me having my house redecorated, she has gone crazy.

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We have been together for two years.

I met him on a night out and didn’t expect it to go anywhere as he is 26 and I’m 41.

He is a lovely guy and great with my son, who is 12.

I have tried to develop a relationship with his mum – suggesting shopping trips together, offering her a lift when she had a hospital appointment, taking her for an outing to a stately home – but none of this has worked.

We then had the house redecorated before Christmas and she hasn’t spoken to either of us since.

I don’t want there to be a rift but I don’t know what to do.

DEIDRE SAYS: An older woman may not have been her dream for her son but she should be respecting his choice.

You and your partner could try writing to her together, saying you are sorry there is this rift and hoping you can take her on an outing when lockdown rules relax.

If she does not reply, you must accept her choice.

But she will be the bigger loser.

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