When 24-year-old Najlah Muhammad met a man twice her age with three adult children and one pre-teen, she said it was “love at first sight,” and now the couple is engaged to be married.
It was in August 2016 when Muhammad first laid eyes on 48-year-old businessman John Malott at a nightclub in Wisconsin, where he was celebrating his birthday.
Muhammad, an entrepreneur and fitness coach from Arizona, said she was impressed with his “snappy” sense of fashion and smooth dance moves.
She said, “He’s also very charismatic, handsome, and has a kind heart.”
Before she knew it, she was being introduced to Malott and they have been inseparable ever since.
About a year later, Malott popped the big question at his villa in Mexico in front of their family and friends.
While Muhammad and Malott were falling more and more in love with each other as the days went by, their family and friends weren’t too thrilled about their relationship.
Initially, Malott’s 25-year-old daughter wanted nothing to do with Muhammad.
They have even lost friends over their relationship, according to the Daily Mail.
Muhammad stated that there were people who attempted to destroy their relationship by claiming Malott was cheating on Muhammad, but it didn’t work.
Now that they are engaged to be married, their family realizes how serious they are.
Malott’s daughters have since come around and have grown to love Muhammad, so much to the point that they often go clubbing with their future step-mother.
Not only did Muhammad and Malott receive backlash from their families and friends, but from the public as well.
Although they both seem to have affluent careers, some people have referred to Muhammad as a gold digger.
Muhammad said they have also received negative comments about their “mixed-race union,” but they’re so busy enjoying each other’s company and being in love that they don’t let negative comments interfere with their happiness.
“’I would say that judging a book by its cover has never been a good idea. People don’t have to look like brother and sister to have a great relationship. The facade is never as important as the foundation,” said Muhammad.
The couple stated that all of what they have been through together has only made them stronger.
Muhammad and Malott are preparing to tie the knot in June of this year.