Man Defends Unconventional Relationship With TLC Star 'Trapped In Body Of 8-Year-Old' Girl

Jordan Claes
Shauna Rae paddleboarding with her boyfriend, Dan Swygart.
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TLC reality TV star Shauna Rae is just like your average 20-something with one major exception. Due to a childhood battle with brain cancer, Shauna has the body of an 8-year-old girl.

You can imagine how that might make certain things challenging, especially when it comes to matters of the heart. Now, Shauna's "friend", a man named Dan Swygart, is speaking out in defense of his and Shauna's unconventional relationship.

Shauna Rae Is Just Like Most Average 23-Year-Olds In Almost Every Way.

Shauna Rae drinking two cocktails.
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The star of I Am Shauna Rae, enjoys paddleboarding, gorging herself on sushi, and has aspirations toward world travel.

There's Only One Glaring Detail That Sets Her Apart From The Pack.

Shauna Rae posing in front of a window display.
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Shauna had a near-fatal battle with brain cancer as a child — the results of which permanently stunted her growth.

As A Result, Shauna Is A Young Woman Trapped In The Body Of An 8-Year-Old Girl.

Shauna Rae filming a confessional on I Am Shauna Rae'.
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Shauna's story has been extensively covered in the TLC reality series, but Season 2 introduced a new element into the fold.

Shauna Began An Online Relationship With a 27-Year-Old Man, Named Dan Swygart.

Shauna Rae and her friend, Dan, paddleboarding.
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The two met on social media, and shortly after Shauna received flowers sent from Dan. Not long afterward, he began making the trek from Wales to Long Island to visit.

The Couple Have Admitted To Sharing At least One Kiss, But Maintain That They Are Just Friends.

Shauna Rae and Dan eating sushi together.
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Several I Am Shauna Rae viewers quickly began to question Dan's motivation and intentions, prompting him to respond.

"Me and Shauna are still just good friends getting to know each other," Dan Began Via Instagram Reel.

"But I think it's absolutely disgusting the attitude of some people. She's been through so much in life. She survived cancer as a child, she's always felt different and been treated differently by society."

Dan Went On To Chastise Those Who Would Look To Hinder Shauna's Genuine Connection With Another Person.

Shauna Rae saying, "He looks like a [expletive] boy," on 'I Am Shauna Rae'.
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Swygart claimed that it was Shauna's emotional strength that first drew him to her and that the basis of their relationship wasn't sexual.

So Far, It Appears That Dan Also Has The Support Of Shauna's Mother, Patty Schrankel.

Shauna Rae and Dan Swygart posing for a photo together.
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"Well said[sic] Dan," Patty commented on his post. "I appreciate your coming into our lives."

As For What The Future Holds For Shauna And Dan, Fans Will Have To Wait And See.

Shauna Rae clinking glasses of champagne with her mother and friends.
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"I do think Dan and I have a ton of potential," Shauna said during a show confessional. "It's just a matter of if we are going in the same direction at the same time."