It’s not a daddy daughter date!
Carolyn, 30, and Drew Fultz, 33, are often mistaken for father and daughter — despite only having a three-year age gap.
The couple from Phoenix, Arizona have been together for over a decade and have been mistaken for familial flirting since the beginning.
Carolyn credits the mix-up to her “baby face,” her husband’s baldness, which started in high school, and their height difference: Carolyn is 5-foot-4 and Drew is 6-foot-6.
To poke fun at the constant confusion, the Fultzes made a TikTok video of themselves standing in the frame captioned: “When I have a baby face and he’s prematurely balding so people think he’s my dad.”
The video quickly gathered 18.8 million views on TikTok with people trying to guess the age gap and others agreeing that they look like father and daughter.
“This mix-up has been happening ever since we’ve been together,” Carolyn told Jam Press. “Drew’s been balding since he was in high school. A lot of people corrected me and said I shouldn’t have called him ‘balding’ as he’s already bald.”
After over 10 years together, Carolyn and Drew are no longer bothered. “The mix-up can happen at the most random times. It probably happens more often than we realize, but I’d say we only get directly asked about it every few months or so,” she said.
“It doesn’t happen all the time of course, but it can happen often when we meet people for the first time and they don’t know the context, and they just assume that I’m his daughter instead of his wife.
“It’s a mistake that has been made by people of all ages,” she admitted.
In a follow-up clip, Carolyn joked that she thought the confusion about their ages would stop as she got older but that the viral video clearly showed that isn’t the case.
Carolyn is seen staring at the camera as the video reads, “Maybe now that I’m in my 30s, people won’t mistake me for my husband’s daughter?”
As Drew steps into the view, the text teases: “post a 6 second video of us and millions of people say he looks like my dad.”
The mix-up even happened on their honeymoon. “We were sitting in the exit row and the flight attendant came up to Drew and said ‘Is she at least 15?’ ” Carolyn recalled.
“You have to be 15 to sit in an exit row. Drew smiled and explained that we were on our honeymoon. I was 22, which is young, but she’d just assumed I was his daughter.”
The mother of two admitted that she was initially “a little uncomfortable by the assumption” but noted that the couple now see it as a running joke.
“Before, I felt like I had to prove something by being more mature. But the older I get; it becomes more and more of a compliment that people think I still look young,” she shared.
Drew is also unbothered by the assumption. “It doesn’t bruise my ego when people think I’m Carolyn’s dad. I think it’s kind of funny,” he told Jam Press.
“I think it is a funny thing because the majority of the time when it happens, it’ll be in humorous scenarios.”
He remembered the first time that it happened: Carolyn had come to watch one of his softball games and was seated next to a 7-year-old girl who was watching her dad play.
“When I was up to bat, the girl turned to her and said ‘Oh, it’s your dad’s turn.’ Carolyn was so confused and didn’t know what to say,” he recounted. “When she realized, she said ‘Oh, no, that’s my fiancé.’ The little girl was like ‘No it’s not’ and walked away.”
Though Drew claimed that the majority of the time people assume Carolyn is siblings with their kids rather than people assuming she is his daughter.
“At the gym, there’s a kid center that we check the kids into whilst we work out,” he explained. “The people working there will often say to the kids ‘Your sister is here’ when Carolyn comes up to pick them up.”