Pearl Carter, a seventy two year old, is having her 26 year old grandson's love child. Carter, a resident of Indiana, borrowed money from her retirement pension to pay $54,000 dollars to pay surrogate Roxanne Campbell to carry the "love of her life's" child. The problem is, the love of Carter's life is none other than her grandson, Phil Bailey.
In a New Zealand based magazine entitled "New Idea" Carter admitted to not caring how the world perceives the relationship between Bailey and herself. Carter stated "I am not interested in anyone else's opinion. I am in love with Phil...Soon I'll be holding my son or daughter in my arms and Phil will be the proud dad." Phile Bailey went on the record to proclaim "I love Pearl. I've always been attracted to older women and I think Pearl is gorgeous. Now I'm going to be a dad. We get laughed at and bullied when we go out and kiss in public. You can't help who you fall for."
The love story has a sad twist. Bailey lost his adoptive mother, Lynette Bailey, to brain cancer. Bailey began a search for his "long lost" grandmother and when his search ended, both Carter and Bailey felt an instant attraction. The two felt something beyond that of a typical grandmother-grandson relationship. The pair fell in "love at first sight."
The uncanny relationship, and described by friends and family as "bizarre" is set to be made into a biopic entitled "Pearl." The film also showcases how Pearl, as an American Chickasaw youth from Marlow, Oklahoma became the youngest American pilot to fly in 1928.