Friends who promised to marry each other if they were single at 50 tie the knot

16 August 2018, 16:31 | Updated: 23 August 2018, 10:20

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By Tom Eames

A lot of us have made a pact to marry a close pal if we end up alone at a certain age. But these two actually did it!

An American couple who promised they would marry each other if they were still single at 50, have tied the knot.

Kimberley Dean, 51, and Ron Palmer, 54, have been good friends for 37 years.

They were actually high school sweethearts, but split up when Ron decided he wanted to be single for a while. However, remained close friends and stayed in touch over the years.

The duo kept in contact over the following decades, and both went through their own relationship ups and downs.

After comforting each other through various difficult life experiences, they made a pact to marry if they hadn't found a life partner by the time they were 50.

"It was a complete joke," Kimberley told the MailOnline. "We were both single at the time and we were just both fed up with dating and all the craziness that goes with that."

Kimberley married once before but later divorced, with Ron around to help her through the breakup.

However, they finally married last week, and are beyond happy together!

"Everybody jokes, 'Well, it's about dang time'. We waited a long time to finally get to this point," Kimberley said.

"Everything you go through to get to here was worth it. I just wish it could have been a little earlier. What can I say? I love him. I'm head over heels."

Ron added: "We started out as friends, we fell in love and we parted as friends, but we still cared for each other. I've always loved her because she's such an awesome friend."

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