George Clooney and his new wife, Amal Alamuddin, are the talk of the town.

But, it's not all good things, as there’s also talk about their “bizarre” age gap: him 53, her 36.

When you meet an older man that you want to date, don't let age be a barrier.

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In fact, a Boston Globe report went a step further to chart Clooney's age difference history with previous girlfriends, the average being 9.73 years.

What about Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, who were 16 years apart when they were married?

Even if a man earns much more than you and can easily take care of all your expenses, he will feel stifled if he has to take care of all the bills and expenses, as well as make all the decisions on where to go out for dinner, where to shop, and other simple things.

So stay self-assured, confident, and fairly independent. So avoid talking about past events, especially cultural events, like movies or trends.

While men do appreciate a woman who needs them, they also appreciate a woman who is independent - someone who is able to make decisions, earn money, and take care of herself.

When you don't feel independent, you place a burden on the relationship.

It's only when you're completely clueless and naive that he might feel uncomfortable talking to you about social issues or inviting you to meet with his friends at cocktail parties.

When you do your thing, such as pursue your favorite athletic interests, forms of entertainment, education, or career path, you will give your older man space to do his thing too.

When you talk about these things, it emphasizes the age difference and creates an awkward feeling for both of you.