Sheri Winkelmann is 50. Her fiance, Desmond Huey, is 26.
Their unconventional love story will be featured on Wednesday night's TLC reality show "Extreme Cougar Wives." It airs at 8:30 p.m., and the episode is titled "This Cougar is Very Dangerous."
Winkelmann, who grew up in Mount Prospect, said she's dated younger men before but found a soul connection with Huey, despite their age difference.
"I'm a young 50, and Desmond's an old soul," she told the ladies on "The View" Aug. 5. "We like to do a lot of the same things. I'm into healthy lifestyle and extreme sports. We don't drink and go to clubs. There's a real soul connection here that's beyond age."
The two met at a self development workshop by Tony Robbins called "Date with Destiny."
Winkelmann, an actress and celebrity impersonator who runs a corporate entertainment business in Chicago, said they haven't yet set a wedding date.
While she still has a condo in Palatine, they now live together in Chicago.