, Bekah Martinez (you know her as the coquettish, pixie cut–rocking "Bekah M.") finally revealed her age to this season's star, Arie Luyendyk Jr. Martinez is 22, making her 14 years younger than the 36-year-old race-car driver.
(Cue this face.) But while fans may have been squirming on their couches, Luyendyk Jr.
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"They make concessions for each other that allow them to really be themselves both inside and outside of their relationship, and it makes them stronger together," Richmond explains.
"With some couples where there is a large age difference, energy levels may differ," says Rachel Needle, a psychologist at the Center for Marital and Sexual Health of South Florida in West Palm Beach.
"It can create a challenge when one partner cannot keep up with the other who wants to do and experience more." Also, if you cannot see your partner interacting with your family and the people closest to you, it might be a red flag, she adds.
didn't appear to stay in shock for too long, and he decided to "proceed with caution" and see where the relationship goes.
But their budding romance begs the question: Is a relationship with a sizeable age gap doomed to fail?
has already begun asking some of the necessary questions to determine his long-term compatibility with Martinez.
During Monday's episode, he described himself as someone who likes to get up early and live a quieter, more mellow lifestyle.
But then it feels noticeable again when someone has hit their 60s, 70s, and onward," explains Richmond. "The older person may no longer be able to do the same physical activities as the younger person anymore, or they may not be able to travel as much, for example," Richmond says.