Have you heard of the phrase "codger dodger?" That's what some people call women who avoid marrying much older men so they don't end up as unpaid caretakers when their husbands descend into ill health.
So what do we call someone who leaps at precisely that opportunity? We'll have to come up with something in advance of the nuptials between Gregg Allman and his 24-year-old bride-to-be, Shannon.
News of the engagement surfaced Tuesday evening when the legendary 64-year-old Southern-fried rocker and Allman Brothers alum (and ex-husband to Cher) sat opposite CNN chat show host Piers Morgan to discuss his new memoir, My Cross to Bear. The camera panned to his beautiful young fiancée in the audience when Allman, looking somewhat sheepish, admitted this will be his seventh trip down the aisle.
When asked how Shannon (just Shannon) felt about becoming his seventh wife, Allman firmly but politely replied, “That’s not what she’s becoming. She’s becoming wife No. 1. I don’t have a wife, I haven’t had one for years.”
He also explained this go-round would be different because, “This time, I am really in love,” and then estimated that he had been in love with only two of his previous wives and even then, “They didn’t reciprocate.”
Morgan then fired back with a highly amusing quote, reminding Allman he had once described Cher – whom Allman married in 1975 and divorced in 1979, a union which produced son Elijah Blue – by saying, "she smells the way I would imagine a mermaid smelled... I've never smelled it since and I'll never forget it."
Added Morgan: "Have you ever smelled a mermaid? Do you have anything to base this on? I would think that is a compliment right?"
Allman, laughing, replied, "Now that would be a scoop."