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Tracy Tutor has found love again after divorce, introducing us to her new boyfriend, Erik Anderson, this season of Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles. And the real estate broker has been an open book when it comes to her relationship on the show and on social media, whether it's sharing romantic or goofy moments with her man or their intense workout sessions together (he's a personal trainer).
One thing that Tracy hasn't shied away from sharing is the 20-year age difference between her and Erik (she's 46, and he's 26). And that is something the MDLLA broker is proudly unapologetic about. "I have been called a lot of things in my life and a cougar has never been one of them.. and to be honest, I would like to keep it that way!" Tracy shared in a post on Instagram on September 22. "I’d like to think I can be a strong, sexy and successful woman without all the stupid labels."
Tracy went on to show her gratitude for all of the support she has received while opening up about her love life this season of MDLLA. "I want to say thank you all of you who have not put me in a box and value my personal experience being shared on our show," she said. "I’ve received countless messages about how you feel like there is a bit of a double standard when it comes to women dating younger men. I feel you and I think now, more than ever, it’s time to say F--K it."
In fact, Tracy and Erik recently sat down with Maria Shriver and two other couples for a segment on TODAY exploring the rise in older women dating younger men (clip below). It was during that interview that Erik shared what first attracted him to Tracy. "I saw her confidence," he said. "And I was so attracted by just how she works really hard for what she wants."
Tracy echoed some of the sentiment she shared on TODAY in her Instagram post. "As I said to @mariashriver the pool is already small enough, why are we limiting ourselves? Men don’t and women shouldn’t either," she wrote. "We make our own money and clearly the qualities we are now placing importance on are statistically leading us to happier and more fulfilling relationships."
Ultimately, Tracy said that she is going to get her happily ever after on her own terms. "At the end of the day, I want the fairy tale too!!" she shared. "My sequel is just beginning to unfold all over again and this time it’s rated R and quite colorful!"
Tracy previously opened up about her new romance in an interview with PEOPLE earlier this month, sharing that Erik has kept her "really focused" and even helped keep her on track "to do double or triple [in sales] than what I've ever done in the history of my career" this year.
"It's been great to have a man in my life that's supportive of my career, which doesn't really ever stop or slow down. I think ultimately, that was a tough part about my marriage to Jason [Maltas]. Being as successful as I was can interfere a lot with the male ego," Tracy told PEOPLE. "It's just nice to have someone in my life that isn't affected by that. [Erik] has just been a very positive influence in my life, which you wouldn't think would happen with someone as young as him."
Tracy also said that she was impressed by Erik taking the initiative to get to know her better by arranging for them to hang out with a group of friends after first meeting at the gym, according to PEOPLE. "It's ballsy for a 26-year-old," Tracy said. "I was kind of surprised that he had the confidence, which I absolutely find totally sexy about him at his age to pursue someone like me. And in that way, it was really cute."
Tracy later took to Instagram to thank Erik and her daughters, Juliet, 15, and Scarlett, 13, for helping her be so open this season of MDLLA. "This new season of [MDLLA] is one for the books! I am so excited to share more of my personal life with you. I haven’t gone there in awhile (mostly since my divorce) and it feels really good to be comfortable enough in my own skin to be vulnerable again and let you all in. As scary as that is, I’m embracing it because I want to practice what I preach!" Tracy shared. "Thank you to my girls and [Erik] for going there with me this season."
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