EXCLUSIVE Parents of man ‘dating’ woman trapped in body of eight-year-old insist they are friends – Daily Mail

The parents of a man who has sparked controversy after dating a young woman trapped in the body of an eight-year-old girl has insisted the couple are ‘just friends’.

Dan Swygart, 26, has been romantically linked to Shauna Rae Lesick, 23, after they featured on her reality TV show in the USA.

The Briton has been accused of being a ‘creep’ and being attracted to 3ft 10in tall Shauna ‘because she looks like a kid’.

But his parents who live in a small rural village in North Wales have leapt to his defence claiming their relationship is not romantic despite them going on dates on her I Am Shauna Rae TV show in America.

Shauna Rae Lesick, 23, introduced Dan Swygart, 26, to her parents on a recent episode of her TLC reality TV series ‘I am Shana Rae’ 

Dan has since been accused of being a ‘creep’ and being attracted to 3ft 10in tall Shauna ‘because she looks like a kid’

His mother Helen told MailOnline: ‘Daniel rang me and told me the story has gone everywhere.’

She added: ‘They are just friends. There is no relationship.

‘They are friends.’

Packing away his skis after a day out in the snowy Welsh mountains, his father Steven, 60, said: ‘He has appeared in their show and that’s the extent of it.

‘That’s it, it’s as simple as that.

‘He looks at her and thinks she is a tremendous person despite her disability, she’s only small.’

Shauna was candid about how her parents are worried she’ll attract pedophiles because she is 3 feet, 10 inches tall, the average height of an eight-year-old

Dan, a traveler from Wales, saw the first season of her reality show and reached out to her on social media before sending her flowers, which led to them talking regularly 

Asked if there was any romance, Dan’s father insisted: ‘I think that’s extremely unlikely.’

Dan and Shauna met up in a recent episode of her TLC reality show.

Her stunted growth is a side effect of brain cancer treatment that she received as an infant, and unfortunately, her disability has made it hard for her to find love.

Some people have questioned Dan’s motives, especially after Shauna’s parents voiced fears over her young looks attracting a paedophile.

In a video shared to Instagram, Dan defended his date with the reality star.

Shauna introduced Dan to her mother and step-father, Patty and Mark Schrankel, who couldn’t resist interrogating him

Dan’s parents have insisted that the pair are ‘just friends’ 

The Welshman explained that he built his relationship with her over ‘who she is an individual,…….


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