A US couple widely known for their 37-year age gap have seen their hopes of becoming parents dashed after allegedly being scammed out of more than $13,000 by their surrogate.
Quran McCain, 25, and 62-year-old Cheryl McGregor from the state of Georgia started their surrogacy journey last year. But the grandmother-of-17 and her beau have been left heartbroken after their surrogate reportedly threw in the towel just a month ago.
The unnamed surrogate had also been allegedly breaching their contract by having unprotected sex with her partner while the egg fertilised, the couple claims.
"At the moment it does feel like people are reaching out to us for the wrong reasons," Mr McCain claimed in an interview with Need To Know. "We're completely broke. We don't get paid for our content. And then the surrogate goes and bleeds us dry," he said.
"We had paid for her food and travel and even gave her money for her and her family to enjoy Christmas," Mr McCain explained. "We wanted her to be happy as she was giving us the gift we've always wanted. It just feels like we're always getting screwed over."
Not giving up
Despite their setback, Mr McCain insists they haven't given up on starting a family together and have already decided on a baby name. "We're extremely hurt but we're going to keep going. We still want an interracial baby," he added.
Mr McCain first met Ms McGregor in 2012 when he was just 15. He worked at a fast-food restaurant managed by her son Chris, but romantic feelings didn't blossom until much later.
The pair lost contact for a while but reconnected in 2020 when caretaker Mr McCain saw the mum-of-seven working as a cashier at a convenience store. Despite him being younger than one of her own children, the couple feel a connection on multiple levels, and it doesn't stop their chemistry.
After they got chatting again, Mr McCain comforted Ms McGregor when she was upset about some negative comments on a TikTok video she posted of herself dancing. Soon they were posting clips together and became a couple last April. They now boast three million followers on their joint TikTok account.
The relationship moved quickly, with Mr McCain proposing at an Olive Garden restaurant in July 2021. "There are many reasons why I chose to make Cheryl my wife. She's beautiful, elegant, strong, noble, honest and compassionate. Cheryl was shocked as she didn't know I was going to propose but it made her feel special," Quran previously told Need To Know.
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