Cherubic TV actress Tina Jaxa has joined a growing list of Mzansi women who romanticise Ben10s.
That’s because she is dating a Joburg showbiz man 10 years her junior. The 45-year-old award-winning movie and TV star’s boyfriend is aged 35 .
Jaxa confirmed the age difference, but refused to disclose his identity.
“These things happen,” she said. “I’m not the first and definitely will not be the last one.”
The Ben10, seen with Jaxa at various social events, could not be traced for comment because the actress had put up a ring of steel around him.
And although Sunday World could not establish his identity, the team was able to get his picture.
We were also able to establish that he worked behind the scenes in the showbiz industry.
The news were revealed by Jaxa’s friend who did not want to be named because she did not want to ruin her relationship with the star.
This was after the Ashes to Ashes and Gold Diggers actress rhapsodically posted an erotic picture of them together in bed on her WhatsApp profile last week, but quickly removed it.
“She has been seeing him for nine months now, and the two are happy together,” said the friend.
“She told me she was so madly in love with him and had never been so happy before despite the man being 10 years younger than her.
“I’m happy for my friend because she’s been celibate for nine months. She has needs and deserves to be happy.”
The tipster said the man and Jaxa had kept their dalliance hush, hush because she felt people would judge her because of his age.
“I told her she didn’t have to be in love with a man her age to be happy,” said the friend.
“Should you dump a man 10 years younger who makes you happy for one your age who doesn’t?
“I don’t think so. I’m a nonconformist who believes that if a man can fall in love with a woman 10 years younger than him, so can a women.
“And besides, age is nothing but a number.”
Another source confirmed Jaxa was earning her red hearts with the young man.
“They met in Sandton at a friend’s place in December 2014,” said the source.
“Because Tina looks young, the boy told her he had hots for her… They started dating after a few months.
“Tina only discovered later that the guy was actually too young for her and ended the relationship.
“But they eventually rekindled it because the man kept chasing after her. He’s so in love with this woman. I wouldn’t be surprised if he popped the question.”