A graphic designer has revealed how she flew 500 miles to lose her virginity on her first date as part of a “sexual triad," with a man 24 years her senior and his girlfriend of more than a decade – moving in with them a month later.
Just 18 when she left her home in Idaho for Salt Lake City, Utah, in January 2017, Gabrielle Reese was heading for her first ever sexual experience with Jacob Boswell, now 45, and his girlfriend Megan Muirhead, now 29, after finding them on a sugar daddy website.
Now 21 and approaching her third anniversary in a happy throuple – a romantic relationship involving three people – Gabrielle spoke to them online for three months before arranging to meet, having warned her own parents years earlier that she planned to marry someone their age.
Gabby and Jacob sharing a kiss (PA Real Life/Collect)
Recalling their first encounter, Gabrielle, who is bisexual and said she has always liked “older men," explained: “I did lose my virginity that first weekend.
“We never really discussed that as the plan, but we were all interested and open to the idea.
“The whole thing was exciting and new. We all clicked very fast and there was a lot of chemistry – we were all involved that first night."
Gabby, Jacob and Megan (PA Real Life/Collect)
She continued: “There were definitely positives. Jacob and Megan are both older, while I had no experience.
“Losing my virginity to a guy and a girl, being bisexual, I got to experience all aspects of my sexuality, too. Girls are soft, delicate and nurturing, while men are more dominant.
“I'd never thought that much about how I would lose my virginity, but I guess it wasn't what I predicted. I don't have any regrets though – we're still here three years later."
Gabby was 18 years old when she flew 500 miles to meet Jacob and Megan (PA Real Life/Collect)
Gabrielle admits she was a late developer as “always liking older guys" stopped her from forging any childhood romantic relationships with boys her own age.
So, after turning 18, she joined a sugar daddy website, matching younger women with older men and, in October 2016, found software developers Jacob and Megan – deciding to fly out and meet them a few days before her 19th birthday.
First, she was honest with her parents data analyst Don, 46, who is only a year older than Jacob, and sales associate Kathea, 44.
Megan, Jacob and Gabby (PA Real Life/Collect)
“My family knew but they weren't too happy," she said. “But I was very, very honest. Growing up, I'd warned my parents I wanted to marry someone their age, but I think they thought I was joking.
“I've always known I liked older guys – and girls too – so when I saw on Jacob's website profile that he had a girlfriend, too, he checked all the boxes.
“But I told my parents I was flying from Idaho to Utah for a first date with a couple I'd only FaceTimed once before, so I do understand why they were concerned."
Gabby and Megan sharing a kiss at the beach (PA Real Life/Collect)
When she arrived in Utah after her hour-long flight, Gabrielle spent the first day with Jacob, moving on to become a “throuple" that night and the following day.
“Megan had work, so Jacob and I went to their house and hung out, watching TV and got dinner," she said. “It was all very normal and that's what we did when Megan finished work too.
“After spending our first night together Megan told me she loved me and she wanted me to move in – I was like, 'Who knows?' That first night I lost my virginity and yeah.. I was nervous about the whole experience – but in a good way. The nerves were definitely worth it."
She continued: “I knew that I wanted to do it. I don't think I could have had a better experience for my first time – it was so intimate and perfect."
Returning home to Idaho after her two-night trip, Gabrielle found herself constantly texting the couple and becoming increasingly keen to join them romantically.
“I asked if they had been serious and they said they were 100 percent up for me moving in," she continued. “A month later that's just what I did."
Megan, Jacob and Gabby (PA Real Life/Collect)
“I'd never been in a relationship before, let alone moved states for two people – one of whom was in his 40s and the other a girl!" Gabrielle added. “This was my first ever relationship, I was moving in after meeting them once, and being invited straight into a shared bedroom – it was a huge adjustment.
“It did feel weird at times, but I think anyone's first relationship does, and at the same time, somehow it just worked."
While the “triad" enjoy a healthy love life, Gabrielle is conscious of outsiders ridiculing their relationship and making out it is purely sexual.
Gabby moved in with the couple a month after they first met (PA Real Life/Collect)
“I've never had anyone say anything negative to my face, but you can see it in their faces as soon as they find out," she said. “People tend to sexualize it and ask a lot of invasive questions that they would not ask anyone else.
“They ask how it works and whether we are happy – like they have a right to know. But with any relationship there's problems and the only difference is we have one extra person.
“An extra person requires extra passion, extra patience and extra compassion – of course we have ups and downs."
Gabby, Jacob and Megan (PA Real Life/Collect)
Jealousy is one of the main threats to their three way harmony.
“There's definitely been jealously throughout the relationship – it ebbs and flows," Gabrielle said. “It's not a feeling I want to have, so it's something we work on as a triad.
“It's hard not to get those feelings when the other two are going on a date and you're not invited, but you learn to accept it and let it flow."
The 'throuple' also identify as a 'closed triad' (PA Real Life/Collect)
“Once you come to realize it isn't all about who likes who more – it's about timing – it gets easier," she said.
“For example, Megan works a lot at the moment, so Jacob and I see a lot more of each other. So, if he's had a stressful day and needs to work it out we'll deal with that solo in the bedroom.
“But we have a healthy sex life together. One month we have sex five times a week, another month it will be once a week. I'm totally happy being with Jacob and Megan sexually for the rest of my life – I don't care about anyone else."
Jacob, Gabby and Megan (PA Real Life/Collect)
Looking to the future, Gabrielle is keen at some point to start a family.
She said: “I know for sure I want to have children down the line. I don't know where that is in our future but I think we would all love that.
“Obviously, there's no legal way for us to all marry but a ceremony would be nice at some point."
Yet, despite her love for Megan and Jacob, several months ago, Gabrielle decided to move to a small apartment nearby.
“I needed a bit of independence," she said. “I was so young when I moved out here that I hadn't really seen very much of life. But we're coming up for three years as a triad now and we're completely solid.
“My family know how happy I am now and they've come to accept our relationship. I think they're just happy I didn't get kidnapped or locked in a basement after that first weekend."
The 'throuple' live in Utah, USA (PA Real Life/Collect)
Regarding herself as “monogamous with two partners," Gabrielle does not rule out opening their triad up to further members in the future.
“It's not 100 percent a closed relationship and if someone ever wants to do that we'll sit down and discuss it, but it's definitely not something any of us could, or would, do on a whim," she said.
Meanwhile, Jacob is keen to extol the virtues of polyamory – where people enjoy intimate relationships with more than one partner.
Gabby and Jacob (PA Real Life/Collect)
He said: “Being poly is an amazing emotional challenge and, like everything else difficult, it's incredibly rewarding when it works out. You've just got to keep working on this incredible, beautiful ride.
“I definitely get more of a reaction from people about the age gap than being poly, though. When people hear I have two girlfriends they always go, 'Well done,' but when they hear about the age gap they imply it's not ok, as if I am cradle snatching.
“It's very demeaning, as Gabrielle is smart, brilliant and intelligent – she doesn't need saving. Give her some credit, please."
Megan, Gabby and Jacob (PA Real Life/Collect)
He added: “It's not been as direct as saying, 'You're a monster.' It's more subtle, like, why would someone my age want to date someone Gabrielle's age. It's simple – she's hot!"
Megan, who has been in a relationship with Jacob for 11 years, explained that while the couple experimented with dating other women, Gabrielle was the first to come into their relationship to form a triad.
She said: “I don't share our relationship status with that many people so I can't speak for what other people think about us all too much."
Jacob, Megan and Gabby (PA Real Life/Collect)
Megan concluded: “Jacob and I are almost 15 years apart but people don't have an issue with the age or the polyamory separately – they seem shocked by the whole package.
“Although I didn't lose my virginity to Jacob I guess you could say in a way I we all lost our throuple virginity together!"