Apologies to the Daily Fail but I'm afraid I have to continue picking on you for a while, since I read last week's You supplement today and found myself facepalming at something your agony aunt wrote to a befuddled reader.
Said befuddled reader had become concerned when her 48-year-old husband recently began to develop an interest in heavy metal music and also the Goth scene, even going so far as to get his nipple pierced. At first I wasn't sure why this slightly concerned wife had chosen to write to a magazine agony aunt instead of discussing the situation with Hubby, but it was pointed out to me that perhaps she wanted an impartial opinion before bringing up the subject to avoid putting her foot in it and offending him.
All well and good, but unfortunately the You columnist (somewhat unsurprisingly) has little insight into the dark world of Goth and sums the situation up as 'possibly a mid-life crisis', trying to 'turn back the clock as his 50th birthday approaches'. She then goes on to say, "He might want to try something different but lack the confidence to do so."
D'oh. As soon as the poor guy DOES try something different, it gets dismissed as a mid-life crisis. Not all Goths discover the subculture in their teenage years. An adult may well stumble across Goth bands or fashion later in life and decide that it's something they'd like to become involved with - writing it off as a mid-life crisis is slightly unfair. Incidentally, I'm not sure how an interest in metal music (or Goth music, of course) counts as a mid-life crisis at all!
This guy... looks amazing
Either way, just as you do not have to 'grow out' of Goth, there is not a cut-off age at which you can become involved with Goth.
Frankly, this man isn't hurting anyone; even if his interest in Goth IS a fleeting phase used to defy the passing years it's a darn sight better than pursuing an affair with someone half his age (for example). MY advice to his wife would be to do a bit of research on Goth and metal since she may now be living with a babybat, and to discuss any concerns she has with her husband (which, to be fair, the You writer also advises).